Football Focus: What To Make of the Cleveland Browns?

    Are the the same old team that seems to be doomed to losing? What should we make of them after a slow start in 2019? They're currently sitting at a mediocre 2-3 record after being one of the most-hyped teams in the . So far, there have been plenty of issues for this Browns team that has a debuting in Freddie Kitchens.

    Let's start with the . At the moment, the Browns might be among the most injured teams in the league. They've been missing their two starting cornerbacks ( and rookie Greedy Williams) lately and CB Damarious Randall has missed two games. They've already placed two of their most promising players prior to the season on : LB Christian Kirskey and TE . Other key players like starting Chris Hubbard and WR Rashard Higgins have been dealing with injuries most of the season.

    It's tough to have so many injured players, but the issues don't stop there.

    The Browns hasn't been good at all. They've been outplayed upfront constantly throughout the season. To make matters worse, it's not only that QB Baker Mayfield is dealing with a heavy amount of pressure, but the fact that he isn't playing well either. He's constantly seeing ghosts in the pocket, rolling to the right before he has to, and making errant throws.

    It's hard to understand why such a talented team is struggling so much. Perhaps it's got something to do with poor . But it's also about a lack of execution. When the Browns get healthy, their talent should be enough to drastically improve. Mayfield hasn't played like he did as a rookie, but that doesn't necessarily mean he won't get back to a better level either. It's a long season, and I wouldn't count Cleveland out just yet. Specially in a division in which they're likely only competing with a team that has its share of issues as well.

    Eventually I believe they'll bounce back and have a legitimate race for a playoff berth, but they need to clean up a ton of things. So far, they could be the most disappointing team this season. Hopefully, they get it fixed. I believe most NFL fans want to see the Browns be a contending football team.

    Football Focus: 1

    Three-And-Out: 3 Quick Thoughts

    • So, let's talk about these pass interference challenges. So far, they've been as inconsistent as NFL in general. I sort of get it. The new rule is nothing but a life insurance for referees in case something similar to the infamous Rams-Saints call arises again. It's not about changing pass interference rulings on the field, is it? But why didn't they warn the coaches about it, then? They should've talked with the teams to keep them from throwing the red flag to challenge said plays. It's damaging the flow of the game while doing nothing to make the right calls. Teams will catch up eventually.
    • So, the are legit. Make no mistake about it. Jimmy Garoppolo is playing pretty well and they've been dominant in the trenches. Their has been impressive through four games and there's no reason to believe they won't keep it up especially with Nick Bosa in the lineup. Watch out for this team. It'll be a fun one.
    • is unbelievably fun to watch. I'll stay away from stats and just say that he can throw the ball despite many doubters' concerns in the offseason. And the way he runs is smooth and elusive. At times, he looks like he's still playing against defenses like he did in Louisville. It's just special.

    Underdog of the Week: Indianapolis Colts

    The Colts were double-digit underdogs for their game versus the then undefeated . They were able to get the big win on the road against a ' that was held to only 13 points. In Mahomes' career with the Chiefs, Kansas City hadn't been held to less than 26 points.

    It was an impressive performance by the Colts and one that could spark something special in Indy. When they were bested by the , they were missing a handful of starters due to . As they get healthier, this still should be considered a contender in a seemingly weak AFC South.

    MVP of the Week: RB Christian McCaffrey, CAR Panthers

    I know, I know. I picked as my last week. But, I mean… can we argue with it? This time he had 176 yards on the ground and two touchdowns and managed to catch six passes for 61 yards on the air and a touchdown. Totaling for 237 total yards, he gets the nod for the second consecutive week. His 88-yard TD run was something special and a game-changing play on a close game versus the .

    Football Focus: 2

    College Football Corner: SMU's Great Start to the Season

    You might wonder what happened with the this season. Out of nowhere, they're undefeated through six weeks and ranked in the Top 25. They are the first of many teams that will emerge thanks to the rising popularity of the “transfer portal.” Over 20 players on their team have come from another 4-year college. What Sonny Dykes is building is special. QB Shane Buechele arrived from Texas and has turned the offense around along WR Reggie Roberson and TE Kylen Granson, who are also transfers.

    I love the idea of letting the players transfer if they wish to. Let them do what's best for their future. This will only create a more competitive NCAA and better opportunities for collegiate athletes.

    Mauricio Rodriguez
    Mauricio Rodriguez
    I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.


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