Another overtime loss. The Cleveland Browns lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 26-23, in another overtime game. Cleveland had so many chances, but mistakes did them in at the end. The loss moves the Browns to 2-4-1.
The first half was another atrocious half of football for the Browns. It started out with fireworks, as the Browns were able to force a safety on the Buccaneers first series. But, it was all downhill from there. Cleveland was outgained by Tampa Bay 243 total yards to just 74 yards. The Browns offense had just three first downs in the half. This was against a Bucs defense that struggled to stop anybody so far this season. The Browns were able to keep the game semi close because of two late second quarter turnovers the unit forced against the Bucs offense. But, overall it was a disaster of a half. The Browns went into the locker room trailing, 16-2.
The Browns started the second half with an explosion. Browns defensive end Myles Garrett strip sacked Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston to set up the Brown offense. Cleveland actually capitalized on the turnover, as Mayfield connected with tight end David Njoku for a touchdown. However, the explosion fell to a simmer for the rest of the quarter until the Bucs were able to respond with a touchdown of their own, making it 23-9 at the end of the third.
But, Cleveland was not done. After the Bucs touchdown, the Browns drove 75 yards in seven plays to respond with a touchdown of their own. After a defensive stop by the Browns, Mayfield led a 10-play, 79-yard drive. However, the Browns were stopped on fourth down on the one-yard line. Nevertheless, the defense gave the Browns another chance as they forced a three-and-out on the following series. Browns returner Jabrill Peppers gave the Browns great field position, setting up a touchdown pass to receiver Jarvis Landry to tie the game up with under three minutes to play. But, the Bucs offense came alive and drove down the field in the final minutes to set up a possible game-winning 40-yard field goal. But, the Browns lucked out and the Bucs missed the field goal, forcing yet another overtime game for the Browns.
The overtime had everything. Both offenses had turnovers and struggled to take advantage of good field position on multiple drives. But, the overtime was capped off by a game-winning 59-yard field goal by the Bucs, giving the Bucs the 26-23 win. The field goal summed up the overtime and the Browns season.
5 Big Things
Another Crushing Loss
The Browns lost yet another crushing game with their second overtime loss of the season. The Browns lost on this 59-yard field goal:
The Browns made way too many mistakes to win the game. Cleveland turned the ball over once, but it was a big one in overtime that set up the game-winning field goal. But, the Browns also suffered from so many penalties. The Browns were called for 14 penalties for a total of 114 yards. Here is the big mistake by Peppers that cost the Browns the game.
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston had an up and down game, but when the Bucs needed him, he made the big plays. On the day, he completed 32 of 52 passes for 365 yards and two interceptions, while also rushing for 55 yards and a touchdown. Here is his rushing touchdown:
Browns’ Defensive Turnovers
The Browns defense came up big throughout the game, especially in the turnover game. The Browns caused four turnovers against the Bucs offense. This is the big interception in overtime by Browns linebacker Jamie Collins that almost gave the Browns the game:
First Half Woes
The Cleveland Browns once again struggled in the first half, especially on offense. If it weren’t for two turnovers produced by the Browns defense, the half would have been an even more woeful half. Cleveland was outgained by Tampa Bay 243 total yards to just 74 yards, scoring just two points in the half. This play was indicative of the bad first half the Browns offense had against the Bucs: