CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - As the clock ran out in Denver, the Broncos had officially put the Dawgs in the Pound with a 24-19 victory over Cleveland.
The Browns were on the road again after coming off of last week’s ugly loss against the undefeated defending Super Bowl Champions in Foxboro.
After their third straight loss, one may have expected Baker Mayfield to be asked some tough questions.
However, no one may have expected the Browns starting quarterback to abruptly walk away from Wednesday’s Q & A session after being asked “the dumbest question you could ask” by Tony Grossi, a Browns and NFL analyst for TheLandOnDemand.com, 850 ESPN Cleveland & Fox Sports Ohio.
Based just off of season records alone, the 2-5 Browns seemed to come into the game on a more even playing field they headed to Denver to face the then 2-6 Broncos.
Plus, the Broncos announced on Monday that their starting quarterback Joe Flacco was not playing against the Cleveland Browns as he dealt with a herniated disc in his neck.
Taking his place is backup quarterback was Brandon Allen, a 2016 sixth-round NFL Draft pick who had never played in an NFL game prior to this match up.
Unlike last week’s wet weather, the skies are clear and sunny at Empower Field at Mile High.
However, the Broncos quickly rained on the Browns’ parade in the first quarter by not only being the first to put points on the board with just over 6 minutes left, but also by keeping them scoreless going into the second quarter.
The Browns were finally able to knock that zero off their spot on the score board with a field goal in the second quarter.
But the Broncos took an even bigger lead with a touchdown with 12:36 left to go in the first half. With a good kick, the score became 14-3.
The Browns then responded with another field goal from 30 yards out.
Seemingly, the only highlight from the Browns during the second quarter that wasn’t a field goal from rookie kicker Austin Seibert was when Joe Schobert forced a fumble that Denzel Ward recovered:
After that, (you guessed it,) the Browns’ only scorer of the first half was brought out to make his third field goal of the night, bringing the score up to 14-9.
The crowd in Denver then got to see another field goal attempt. This time, it was the Broncos from 43-yards out to further increase their lead to 17-9.
But, that wasn’t it. The crowd got to see one more field goal attempt by Austin Seibert before the first half was over.
Browns’ #4 was 4/4, making the score 17-12.
The Cleveland Browns confirmed Seibert’s four field goals set a Browns rookie record.
For the season, #4 is 14 for 14 on field goals and 12 for 14 on point after touchdown.
However, having Seibert be the only scoring player wasn’t the only change the Browns had to make coming into the second half.
NFL officials instructed Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry to change their cleats, or they wouldn’t be allowed to play for the rest of the game.
The culprit cleats? Joker-theme for OBJ and metallic gold for Landry.
Unlike the Broncos, the Browns made no improvements to their score.
Denver increased their lead to 24-12 after a touchdown and a successful extra point attempt.
Finally with 10:47 left in the fourth quarter, the Browns got in the endzone.
After Seibert’s extra point attempt hit the goal post, it went in the direction the Browns’ needed to bring them up to 24-19.
Unfortunately for the Browns, that was the last point scoring play of the night.
Cleveland fell to Denver 24-19 to bring their season record down to 2-6.
Here are some stat highlights from the Browns on Sunday’s game:
- RB Nick Chubb led the team with 65 rushing yards and added 26 receiving yards. He has recorded at least 75 scrimmage yards in eight consecutive games, the longest such streak by a Brown since Jamal Lewis in 2008. Chubb’s 803 rushing yards are the sixth-most by a Brown through the first eight games. Chubb is averaging 100.4 rushing yards per game this season.
- WR Jarvis Landry recorded six receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown. Landry’s 517 receptions are tied for the sixth-most all-time by an NFL player through their first six seasons.
- QB Baker Mayfield threw for 273 yards and one touchdown. Mayfield’s 5,688 career passing yard and 34 passing touchdowns are each the most by a Brown in their first two seasons. His 1,963 passing yards this season are the seventh-most by a Brown in the first eight games.
- WR Odell Beckham Jr. and Landry each extended their streak of consecutive games with at least two receptions. Landry’s stretch of 87 consecutive games is the longest active streak in the NFL, while Beckham ranks third at 67.
After the game, Baker Mayfield took the podium looking understandably disgruntled with the outcome of the game that Browns fans thought they’d win and said, “I feel like we had a good plan, and so did they. But, it come down to just executing.”
However, what happened after the game is getting the most attention.
A spokesperson for the Cleveland Browns confirmed the organization will “in no way condone” the “totally unacceptable and highly inappropriate” behavior of safety Jermaine Whitehead after he went off on a social media rampage allegedly threatening and harassing a reporter and fans.
The Browns come back to their home turf on Sunday to take on the 6-2 Buffalo Bills.
If you don’t have tickets to see the game at FirstEnergy Stadium, tune in to CBS at 1 p.m.