Gilbert: Excited to see the full offense (except for Hunt) back together now that Higgins is playing. It is a bit windy at the stadium, so the Browns need to rely on Chubb. This game could be a huge boost going into the bye if the team wins and plays well. Not sure what to expect from
them. It has been a rollercoaster ride so far, so given the trend, we should see a good one here. I want to see the Browns defense rebound from its horrible performance last week. They have to make Seattle one dimensional and stop the run. It should be a fun one. #WinItForSwagger
Suek: Here’s to hoping the Browns are on the peak of the roller coaster ride instead of the valley today versus the Seahawks. Baker gets back his security blanket in wide receiver Rashard Higgins, who had the fifth-best passer rating when targeted from Weeks 9-17 of the ‘18 season. The Browns rush defense will be tested yet again against a ground-and-pound style offense that will surely be the focal point. Also, have to keep QB Russell Wilson’s big-play ability in check, especially with the continued absence of Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams. Time to put on your lucky socks and t-shirt and settle in for another marquee match-up!
Gerbs: All I want for my birthday is a full game of Baker looking competent. The Seattle defense is still has a good pass rush but the secondary isn’t what it was in the Legion of Boom days. Getting Higgins back is big, but I expect a big day for Odell Beckham Jr, as the noise all week was fake rumors of trades and how much they need to feed the star the ball. On defense, the Seahawks are without their starting left tackle and right guard today, which means Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon NEED to feast. Let’s get it Browns!
Poloha: Not sure what to think about this game today. The rollercoaster of a season so far makes me think that the good Browns will be back, but the Seahawks are pretty damn good. Maybe it’s time for Cleveland to win their first home game of the year on this fine Sunday. Seattle is without two of their starting offensive linemen so the Browns must dominate and make it tough for Russell Wilson all day, especially considering Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams are out again today.
Gerbs: Well that is one way to start off the game! The first big kick return for the Browns and the Browns set up shop almost in the red zone from the start. Dontrelle Hilliard took it 73 yards to the Seattle 23.
Poloha: Decent start. Dontrelle Hilliard puts the Browns offense in a very good spot with that long kickoff return to open the game
Poloha: Couldn’t have asked for a better start for the Browns. Nick Chubb with yet another touchdown. Let the running back eat!
Gerbs: Good motions by Baker and keeping the ball in the hands of Nick Chubb is super important in the red zone. A nice little stick to Pharoah Brown and some 12 personnel and the Browns have the lead early.
Gilbert: That’s how you start a football game! What a huge return by Hilliard to give the offense a short field to get off on the right foot.
Suek: And THAT’S how you do it, folks! Good things happen when you use pre-snap motion and when you run the ball in the red zone. A great touchdown run by Chubb set up by a key block off the edge by OBJ.
Gerbs: You have to contain Russell Wilson. He’s not as much of a runner anymore but that doesn’t mean he can’t get a first down, or in this case, touchdown. This is why he has dark-horse MVP buzz. Thank goodness they missed the XP.
Gilbert: Russell Wilson single-handedly outsmarted the Browns defense that whole entire opening drive.
Suek: And the defense continues to get gashed, even with the Seahawks absent two starting OL in Brown and Fluker. Wilson must be accounted for both inside and outside of the pocket. An absolutely dominant performance by the QB on that opening drive. But, hey, Browns at least keep the lead momentarily with the missed extra point.
Gerbs: Good to see Callaway get a catch and run after the catch. Also good to see the hurry-up offense, somewhat that has been sadly missed this year.
Poloha: Love going for it on fourth-and-7. Makes it look so much better than Baker grooved a nice throw to Jarvis Landry for a 24-yard gain to get the first down.
Gerbs: What a stick to Jarvis and the stone to go for it on fourth-and-seven.
Gerbs: Baker is feeling himself today and it shows. Seattle’s defense was just as bad as the Cleveland D on that red zone trip.
Suek: A very happy welcome to the 2019 season for the Browns hurry-up offense. Maybe Baker’s best throw of the season on the gutsy fourth-and-seven throw to Landry. Two red-zone possessions and two touchdowns. You love to see it.
Gilbert: I love the uptempo offense on that drive. The Browns did not let Seattle rest all series. The offense kept attacking. Baker Mayfield moved and looked comfortable in the pocket. Great start from this unit.
Poloha: Baker seeing the open field in front of him with Seattle’s defense playing man-to-man and running for an easy 10-yard touchdown? Count me in. After dominating in the red zone in the second half of 2018, the Browns have struggled quite a bit inside the 20-yard line so far this season. They’re a perfect 2-for-2 today. What a start for this offense.
Gerbs: Garrett gets his eighth sack of the season as Wilson couldn’t find an open receiver. It sounds strange to say, but he hasn’t been as much of an impact as you would think with eight sacks through six games but that’s Cleveland for you.
Gilbert: If the Browns get Seattle into third and longs, that will put their backup tackles in a tough spot. And now Chubb pulls off a big run. I like this offense!
Poloha: Have yourself one heckuva first quarter, Nick Chubb!
Gerbs: Chubb is what makes this offense click. The ability to use play-action of his big runs makes it easier for Mayfield and he always has the chance to break off a big gain like he just did there.
Poloha: A clean pocket gives Baker plenty of time and he finds a wide-open Ricky Seals-Jones for a 31-yard touchdown. Let’s go.
Gerbs: This is shaping up to be an offensive slugfest today. Ricky Seals-Jones comes across the field and is wide open for that Mayfield throw.
Suek: Protection. Balance in the play-calling. Quick, anticipatory throws. Everything we’ve wanted to see from this offense. Let’s. Go. Browns.
Gilbert: This is fun. The stadium is rocking.
Gerbs: You can’t let Seattle steal back any momentum. A roughing the passer penalty by Larry Ogunjobi added onto a long completion puts Seattle back in the red zone and the defensive struggles against the run are not done.
Gerbs: Big stop on third down for the defense. To hold them to a field goal only is huge after they got gashed on the ground.
Suek: Nice to see the defense buckle down and avoid a potentially disastrous possession after letting Seattle march down the field when initially facing a first-and-long deep in their own territory.
Suek: Two drops each now for OBJ and Callaway. Where is Higgins? Seahawks now set up in prime position after the blocked punt.
Gerbs: Great stop by Sheldon Richardson to keep Wilson out of the endzone on that second down.
Gilbert: Huge stop by the defense to limit that series of events to just three. The offense needs to respond here and get another score before the half.
Gerbs: Horrible turnover but before that the drive seemed to be moving. Letting Seattle back into this game is a problem. Luckily for them, they didn’t get a score. This needs to be a flawless drive for Cleveland to end the half since the Seahawks get the ball to start the second half.
Suek: Key possession for the Browns offense here. Take care of the football and point some more points on the board in order to have a two-possession lead going into the half. P.S. Catch. The. Football.
Gerbs: WHAT A CATCH! I hope it stands, it did look like the ball was moving a bit. Remember, it was ruled a catch, so they have to have evidence it wasn’t.
Poloha: What a catch by OBJ. Hopefully, that’s the type of play that gets him going.
Gerbs: Needed seven there and wow what a letdown on that interception. Bad bad throw by Baker there. Behind the receiver and tipped. Just a bad decision.
Gerbs: Well this is not how you want to end the half.
Suek: Browns should have AT LEAST a two-possession lead in this game. The Seahawks are too good of a football team to let hang around.
#Browns Two interceptions and a blocked punt have overshadowed the stellar performance by both the offense and Baker Mayfield.
Why rush the possession/play when you have all three TOs and kickoff to #Seahawks to start second half.
— Cody Suek (@WFNYCody) October 13, 2019
Poloha: Feed Nick Chubb more. Thanks.
Gilbert: That was a horrible way to end the half.
Gerbs: This game has been up and down as the season has been. Baker gets his first rushing touchdown ever but looks bad on two picks, one that ended up in score that makes it a two-point game at the half. The defense has been run over as a continuation of last week’s debacle but has looked good when forcing Wilson into third downs. They need to be feeding Chubb more and more, not getting pass-happy. Hopefully, they are able to work some more magic in the second half and come away with their first home victory of the season.
Suek: A melting pot of a first half that saw Baker run for a TD, a blocked punt, two missed extra points and another botched red zone possession for the Browns offense. This should be a two-possession lead, but the team continues to be the best in the league at beating themselves.
Gilbert: The Browns’ mistakes have made this a two-point game. With how well the offense was moving the ball, they should be up much more. But, here we are going into the half up two. The Browns defense needs a stop coming out of the half. But, the key will be getting Chubb the ball on offense. Oh, and let’s stop the self-inflicted mistakes.
Poloha: The Browns just dominated and only have a two-point lead at halftime. Not sure what to think but I’m mainly just disappointed. That last two minutes were horrific and the blame is on Freddie as much as anyone. Cleveland had the ball on the Seahawks 10-yard line and Seattle only having one timeout left. If you lean on Nick Chubb — who has been dominating all game — the worst thing that happens is that you kick a field goal and hold an 11-point halftime lead. Instead, Baker makes a bad throw and the Seahawks turn around and score a touchdown (and miss the two-point conversion). That’s unacceptable. The playcalling must be better.
Gilbert: Perfect start of the half by the defense.
Suek: Time for the offense to redeem themselves.
Poloha: Yet another turnover. This one a fumble by Nick Chubb. The offense just can’t get out of their own way. To make matters worse, Baker Mayfield seemed to have gotten hurt when he scrambled for a first down earlier in the drive and is now headed to the locker room. Eff.
Gilbert: Another freaking turnover. This offense can’t get out of its own way.
Suek: Baker Mayfield heading to the locker room after wincing in pain on the last drive. Garrett Gilbert potentially coming in to lead the offense.
Gilbert: Another reminder that Wilson is ridiculous. He has been deflating this defense all game. Can the Browns offense have a clean drive, please?
Gerbs: I went away for a birthday lunch and cheesecake and come back to a horrible penalty and Baker being removed then put back into the game. What. Is. Going. On.
Gilbert: This is infuriating. If it’s not the Browns killing themselves, it’s refs helping out.
Suek: The most Brownsing of Brownsings is happening right now. A blocked punt, three turnovers, and demoralizing penalties. Defense better dig their cleats in right now.
Poloha: The Browns make enough penalties, they don’t need horrible calls by the referees to make it even worse. That blindside block call on Jarvis Landry was an absolute joke and a drive-killer. Embarrassing.
Gerbs: Can we get Greedy Williams and Denzel Ward back after the bye week? The coverage is horrible on the outside.
Suek: You want to win this game? Capitalize on this turnover.
Poloha: The defense forced a turnover!
Gerbs: Baker and the offense have to get seven on this drive. If you want to compete in the NFL, these are drives that make it happen.
Gerbs: What a horrible play call on third down. A slow-developing dive that would have got the first down if it was to the outside. They went for it on fourth and got it but it shouldn’t be this hard guys.
Gerbs: What horrible play calling. A fade on third down is awful.
Gerbs: I’m not sure who is trying to make the Browns lose more, themselves or the refs.
Gerbs: If they don’t get a touchdown on this play, it’s a colossal eff up by everyone involved.
HOW ON GODS GREEN EARTH DO YOU RUN THE SAME DAMN PLAY!?!?!?!
Poloha: Nick Chubb is about to score a touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line, so, if this game couldn’t get any crazier, Freddie challenged the previous play. Then, the challenge looked good and looked to be a touchdown by Jarvis, so obviously, the referees said the call stands. The craziest part is that Freddie decided to run the same exact play. The second one was stuffed by the Seahawks defense. Seattle’s ball on the one.
Gilbert: This game is getting out of hand for everyone involved.
Poloha: The defense forces a three-and-out and the punter shanks the punt because he barely had any room in the back of the end zone. Maybe that’s the type of momentum-changer this team and offense needs.
Gerbs: THAT’S HOW YOU DO IT CHUBBERS!!
Gilbert: Hell of a response by the Browns after that weirdness around the goal line. Chubb is a beast.
Poloha: Amazing what happens when you give the ball to Nick Chubb in the red zone.
Gerbs: Have to get a stop and force them into a field goal try. The wind will help on any kicking try, but you can’t afford to give up a touchdown here.
Suek: Penalties, turnovers, and missed tackles continue to plague this team. Every. Single. Week. If you want a signature win, now is the time.
Gerbs: If you want to be taken seriously, you have to score here.
Gilbert: Gut check time for Baker and the offense. Plenty of time for them to go out and win this.
Gerbs: I can’t. I can’t do this to myself anymore. The receivers are supposed to be one of the best units in the league and they have done nothing but hurt the team this whole season. I just can’t. It’s bad for my health.
#Browns Penalties, turnovers, missed tackles.
Penalties, turnovers, missed tackles.
Penalties, turnovers, missed tackles.
— Cody Suek (@WFNYCody) October 13, 2019
Poloha: I give up. Didn’t look like DK Metcalf caught that, but with the Browns out of timeouts and challenges, there’s nothing they can do. Game over. Unbelievable.
Gilbert: Another self-inflicted mistake. This team is a mess right now.
Gerbs: To be able to fight as well as they did in this game, it feels even more deflating to have it end like this. It’s hard to not let this game bleed into how you feel about the season, but it feels like a team lost with no hope. Baker Mayfield looks almost every bit of the phenom from last year and yet somehow also the walking turnover machine DeShone Kizer was. Nick Chubb was spectacular but the decisions from the coaching staff are puzzling and defeating. Happy birthday to me, my beloved Browns are 2-4 again and I want to cry.
Gilbert: Yet another crushing loss. This team is a mess and does so much to kill themselves from being successful. The Browns and their fans need this week off. Soul searching time for the Browns.
Poloha: I give up. The Browns had too many self-inflicted penalties and turnovers, but it’s pretty clear that the referees screwed them over quite a bit today. What a joke.