The Cleveland Browns (0-3) fell to the Indianapolis Colts (1-2) by a final score of 31-28.
It’s crazy that the score was that close because it didn’t seem like it by the way the Browns performed.
DeShone Kizer once again struggled but fought for his team and didn’t give up and performed to the best of his ability. Kizer finished 22-47 for 242 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. He also added 44 yards and a rushing touchdown on the ground.
He still needs to learn how to get that ball out quicker and how to guide the receiver to the ball but he’s a rookie and is going to make mistakes, you just have to hope he’ll learn from those mistakes.
It didn’t help that the wide receivers basically did him no favors with eight dropped passes and four offensive pass interference penalties.
I can’t understand why Ricardo Louis remains apart of this roster when time and time again during the game he kept dropping passes. He may have went to train with Brandon Marshall during the offseason but he clearly didn’t get any tips to catch the ball like the potential Hall of Famer.
Kenny Britt made some good catches including the 11 yard touchdown that pulled the game within ten points in the fourth quarter.
He also had some costly drops including a ball that went off his hands, granted Kizer threw it behind him, Britt could’ve caught it and it led to an interception.
The running game produced with 111 yards and two touchdowns combined between Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson and Kizer.
Johnson was the lone bright spot on offense with eight touches (two carries, six catches) for 104 total yards (23 rushing, 81 receiving) and a touchdown.
I know people are going to say well they didn’t run enough. They were running the ball effectively but then when the defense dug the team into a 28-7 hole, any NFL team is going to throw the ball more and run less.
Speaking of the defense, it was not a good performance in the first half for the Gregg Williams led defense.
Jacoby Brissett, who has only been with the Colts for three weeks had a good outing as the starting quarterback. He finished 17-24 for 259 yards and a touchdown. Brissett also ran in two touchdowns.
The Browns run defense held their own against the Colts run attack. Despite giving up those two rushing touchdowns to Brissett and one to Frank Gore, they held Indianapolis to 92 yards on 36 attempts (2.55 yards per carry).
In case you were wondering when T.Y. Hilton would show up for the Colts offense, he did on Sunday as he torched the Browns secondary with seven catches for 153 yards and a touchdown which he made Jamar Taylor and Jabrill Peppers look absolutely silly.
Joe Schobert led the way for the Browns with 8 tackles and 0.5 sacks and had his best performance of the season.
Christian Kirksey has 5 tackles and 0.5 sacks. Emmanuel Ogbah and Nate Orchard also added a sack each.
The Browns will head back home to Cleveland for the first of two matchups in the “Battle of Ohio” as they matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals who are playing the Green Bay Packers as I write this.
We’ll see if the Ohio teams will both be winless heading into next Sunday’s game.