By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8
Cleveland Browns 12 – Baltimore Ravens 9
The wait is finally over! Browns fans get to enjoy their first Victory Monday in a very long time…. two years in fact.
While it took their third overtime game to get a Sunday win, the Browns did it in their usual thrilling, heart-attack inducing, pretty darn lucky and maybe a little ugly fashion. Add to that the fact that it was a division game and, well, fans are going crazy right now!
Browns fans are beyond thrilled to be 2-2-1 at this point in the season and, conversely, Pittsburgh Steelers fans are horrified that they share the same 2-2-1 record. Ultimately, it’s all a matter of perspective in how you see the record. For Clevelanders, it’s definitely a bright spot and seeing quarterback Baker Mayfield take control of the team, be a leader, has everyone feeling good about this team’s future.
We have four 2-2-1 teams in the NFL this season (Browns, Packers, Steelers, Vikings)
We hadn’t previously had a single NFL team start 2-2-1 since 1987
Last team to win championship after starting 2-2-1:
1935 Detroit Lions
— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) 8 October 2018
So many things have improved for this team through these first five weeks. Statistically speaking, the numbers give fans reason to hope for more wins. For the offense, QB Mayfield has 838 yards, running back Carlos Hyde has 348 yards and wide receiver Jarvis Landry has 381 yards. On the defensive side, defensive back Damarious Randall leads the team with 22 tackles, defensive lineman Myles Garrett has 5 sacks and rookie cornerback Denzel Ward has three interceptions.
Anyone who questioned the Browns taking Ward with the 4th overall pick in last year’s draft has seen the light. This guys is absolutely having an impact week after week and, when added to Myles Garrett, is showing why the Gregg Williams coached defense is completely legit!
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) 8 October 2018
The Special Teams woes, or “Unspecial” teams as they are being called by fans, continued. Penalties and missed kicks were the story for much of the game. While kicker Greg Joseph had his share of struggles, he did come through in the end… hitting the game-winning field goal with just 0:06 seconds on the clock in overtime. He may be criticized for missing earlier kicks, but I am forever grateful that he hit that last one so we don’t have to deal with yet another tie game this season!
— Dave Emke (@emkedave) 7 October 2018
The Browns have played three overtime games in only five weeks. I’m sure I am not alone when I say that I’m not sure I can handle the emotional exhaustion that comes with these kinds of games but frankly, as long as they win, I can learn to live with it!
— Cleveland Kate (@ClvlndK8) 7 October 2018
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