Mistakes, mistakes and more mistakes did in the Browns again!
Three turnovers on three consecutive offensive plays in the first quarter, 13 more penalties and poor play calling cost the Browns big time in their 27-13 loss at New England.
Nick Chubb fumbled on the Browns second possession of the game and it was scooped up by Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower and returned for a 26 yard touchdown and a 10-0 New England lead.
On Cleveland’s third possession of the game, Chubb busted free for a 49 yard run but had the ball punched out of his arms around the Patriots 15 yard line where New England recovered.
Then on the Browns next possession, their fourth of the game, Baker Mayfield’s short shovel pass was intercepted at the Cleveland 18 yard line. two plays later Tom Brady hit Julian Edelman for a touchdown and a 17-0 Patriots first quarter lead.
The Browns lone touchdown of the game came in the second quarter when Mayfield hit tight end Demetrius Harris for a 21 yard score.
Along with the three turnovers and Baker Mayfield getting sacked five times, the Browns committed 13 penalties for 85 yards which contributed greatly in the loss. The team’s lack of discipline is painfully obvious after seven games as it is not improving, in fact it may be getting worse.
Freddie Kitchens will be questioned about the discipline and another game in which the head coach and offensive coordinator used questionable play calling early in the first quarter and in the fourth quarter.
With the loss, the Browns fall to (2-5) on the year, 3 games behind first place Baltimore in the AFC North. Next up for the Browns, a Sunday road game in Denver on November 3rd.
The Patriots improved to (8-0) on the season, while head coach Bill Belichick picked up his 300th career win.