Cleveland Browns: Down, But Not Out

Its safe to say this was not the start the Cleveland Browns had hoped for. After a 43-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, the Browns are struggling to keep their names in the ring for Super Bowl champions.

The game started off close. Cleveland scored a touchdown on their first drive, but rookie kicker Austin Seibert missed the point after attempt. Tennessee drilled a field goal and ended the first quarter down 6-3. Cleveland’s offense went scoreless in the second quarter, while the Titans added nine points to their total, and went to halftime up 12-6. After the break Cleveland marched down the field and quarterback Baker Mayfield found tight end David Njoku in the end zone, making the score 15-12 early in the second half.

And then it got ugly. The very next possession, the Titans scored when running back Derrick Henry ran 75 yards for a touchdown. After that the Browns offense collapsed, and Mayfield threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter. On top of it all, the Cleveland Browns committed 18 penalties during the game, giving up 187 yards in the process.

Morale in Cleveland is dangerously low. Blood is in the water and the rest of the league is circling, eager to take advantage of a weakened Browns team. But hope is not lost.

Many people forget that this is only the first week of NFL football. The Browns still have 15 more games to prove they are the Super Bowl team many people thought they could be. As Matthew McConaughey said in the Disney movie Sing, “You know what's great about hitting rock bottom, there's only one way left to go, and that's up!” Cleveland may be down right now, but they are certainly not out of it yet!