A nightmarish Saturday for the Cleveland Browns, postponed to Sunday. And now, Cleveland’s former hopes of finally putting an end to the longest drought in the NFL playoffs are suddenly on the verge of collapse.
The Browns were unable to overcome the absence of their entire receiving corps, two offensive line and two back line holders, causing them to lose 23-16 to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.
Cleveland’s last shot of the fourth quarter ended with Baker Mayfield clumsy on the fourth and front row of the Jets’ 16 yard line. Kareem Hunt, who came back, got a loose ball back, but wasn’t allowed to keep it. Instead, he took it back to New York to get it back.
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That was Mayfield’s third loss of the day.
Cleveland was able to claim its first play-off spot since 2002 with a win after the Pittsburgh Steelers cleared a 17-point deficit to defeat the Indianapolis Colts.
Instead, the Browns will probably have to beat the Steelers in the finals of the season to advance to the playoffs. They could lose if the Colts win 1-14 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but they are almost in a winning situation next week.
After the player tested positive for VIDOC-19 on Saturday, Cleveland was forced to postpone his flight to New Jersey for more than four hours to conduct a contact investigation.
The Browns originally had linebacker B.J. Goodson on the roster. After completing the contact search, the team added broad-spectrum receivers Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Naroda-Jones and HaDarel Hodge to the viral list and identified them as high-risk close contacts, leaving Cleveland without an active receiver who caught a Mayfield pass this season.
Due to their delayed flight the Browns could not keep up their usual hurry for Saturday’s passes. So they kept him in the parking lot next to their hotel on Sunday morning, mainly to protect the recipients Ja’Marcus Bradley and Derrick Willis, both named after the training team, and Marvin Hall, who was on the distribution list at the beginning of the month, from the speed of the attack.
When the Browns lost the left approach Jedrick Wills Jr. to illness before the game.
With so many key figures, Cleveland was sidelined for a long time. With New York stacking the cards and the bold Browns throwing to their untested receivers, Cleveland’s Nick Chubb and Hunt’s running backs combined for just 39 yards on 15 carries. According to ESPN statistics and information, the Browns average 0.3 yards per rush for contact, the lowest total in a game since 2017.
Nevertheless, Cleveland had two chances to win at the end of the game.
Fault! The file name is not specified. Baker Mayfield is 285 meters down in Cleveland’s loss to the Jets. Vincent Carcitta/USA Monday Sports
With just over 3 minutes left in the game, Mayfield is sent away and the ball is sent back to Cleveland 17 by the Jets. However, the defence of the Browns forced New York to settle for a field goal, leaving the game only in ball possession.
The Browns moved on the field in the final shot, aided by New York who kicked out of bounds for an early penalty.
But Cleveland couldn’t score anymore. And while he’s still alive, he hasn’t made the playoffs yet.
Describe the game in a few words: A total failure. All the Browns had to do to secure their first qualifying position since 2002 was beat Jets 1-13, and even with so many starters that’s a huge missed opportunity.
On the positive side: With the defeat of the Colts, the Browns are currently in 7th place in the play-offs. They also have a face-to-face with the Colts, which are currently looking in on the outside.
QB Breakout : Mayfield needed a huge day, marked by his 53 passing attempts. The three inconveniences and the four bags he took overshadowed everything else.
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