Despite an exhilarating start, the Cleveland Browns allowed the Seattle Seahawks to crawl back, resulting in their 32-28 defeat in Week 6.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs for a touchdown with Cleveland Browns defensive end Olivier Vernon chasing him during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday. (Joshua Gunter| cleveland.com)
Everything looked operative for the Cleveland Browns offense early this Sunday. HB Nick Chubb pulled off a thrilling 50-yard plus run in the 1st-half, QB Baker Mayfield was hitting receivers everywhere, and the defense seem exuberant. Cleveland jumped out to a 20-6 lead but that quickly crumbled into the 2nd quarter. A few untimely 2nd qtr miscues including a blocked punt and Interception awarded the Seahawks with quality field position and sucked the momentum out of the home crowd. Seattle ended the 1st half with a 18-20 deficit but their was just something in the air that suggested that this game was Seattle's to lose.
CLEVELAND, OHIO - OCTOBER 13: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns hands off to Nick Chubb #24 for a second quarter run while playing the Seattle Seahawks at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 13, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Earlier this season I talked a bit about the Cleveland Browns and their offensive strategy under 1st year head coach Freddie Kitchens. QB Baker Mayfield had 37 attempts passing the ball against Seattle and three of these attempts resulted in interceptions. Mayfield is featured as the cover boy for the Browns franchise. His face continues to appear in commercials, and after the controversy between him and former head coach Hugh Jackson surfaced late last year, expectations have been plentiful for Maker. With all this, again, the Browns should consider installing a "run-first" mentality. HB Nick Chubb has been brilliant and with HB Kareem Hunt scheduled to return, Cleveland needs to take a long hard look in the mirror. Today Chubb had 20 carries for 122 yards on the ground. Perhaps a few less throws per game prevents Maker from costly interceptions. I just don't understand why Cleveland won't stick with the run. It makes no sense.
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The Seattle Seahawks have changed face much since their Super Bowl victory earlier this decade. Their defense is different, but it is still anchored by the veteran rapport built by LB Bobby Wager and LB K.J Wright. At some point their downcast was certain to pass, but they have only propelled. Their 5-1 season start has them sitting at the top of the NFC West with the up and coming San Francisco 49ers sitting right on their heels. QB Russell Wilson's three TD afternoon includes two through the air and one by foot. Simply put, the Seahawks are having a blast playing behind the leadership of their head coach Pete Carroll who can be caught grinning on the sidelines of every game. Today's victory will boost the morale of the Seahawks as the look to gain ground in the NFC standings.
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