Cleveland shows up shy to new England
The Cleveland Browns were expected to bring some top competition to the New England Patriots in today's matchup. However, the Pats continued their domination with a 27-13 win.
Today's Patriots vs. Browns game kicked off in the heavy pouring rain of Foxboro, Massachusetts. This type of weather has shown to have little to no effect for NE quarterback Tom Brady. Unfortunately, for Baker Mayfield, on the other hand, there seemed to be a bit of a struggle.
Leading up to this matchup was much discussion that the Patriots would finally be facing a team that would give them a run for their money. Once again, the NE defense came out strong and dominated. Then again, the Cleveland Browns also put themselves in their usual self-destruction mindset and creating easy mistakes. Therefore what should have been this exciting thriller of a game turned out to be Coach Bill Belichick's 300th NFL win.
A key player that must be highlighted is cornerback Stephon Gilmore. Prior to today's game, Gilmore had connected with Quinn Miller, a youth female football player who has been getting bullied for playing football. Miller is a wide receiver and defensive back that also wears number 24.
"No matter what it is — in class or in sports — do what you love and never let no one tell you that you can't do nothing," Gilmore told NESN when asked about Quinn Miller.
His hard work and dedication to the Patriots this season has been evident in every game so far. Today, Gilmore covered star player Odell Beckham Jr. and completely shutdown that offensive outlet for the Browns. In a total of seven plays for Beckham Jr., Gilmore allowed five to be incomplete. Overall the Browns offense lacked as the first quarter alone consisted of three turnovers for Cleveland.
There was one point in today's matchup where the score read 17-10, and the rain had come to a stop. A potential comeback for the Browns could have been in the books until the Patriots consistently ran out the clock on offense. A 59-yard screen play and four pass plays lead to a Brady-White touchdown cutting the time and increasing the score in a critical manner.
Fortunately for the Browns, their season schedule only has two more competitive face-offs with teams that have winning records. Next week is not one of those teams as they take on the Denver Broncos in Colorado.
Meanwhile, the New England Patriots look to remain undefeated for the second half of the season. Their next matchup is also projected to be a fierce battle as they take on Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. Will this be another projection gone wrong, or will the Ravens prevail?
We'll have to wait and see what next week holds!
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