While you thought the situation could not be worse for Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns offense, their incompetence was fully highlighted in Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
The Browns were looking to consolidate their 6-0 lead in the first quarter, but the ball advanced on a 1 yard line at Buffalo and looked about to score an easy touchdown. With two penalty passes in the end zone, they had eight chances to score, either on a 1- or 2-yard line. They returned to the ground.
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As you can see, Nick Chubb was not close to scoring a goal in that 4th inning, and the Bills seemed to know it was coming. Chubb himself had five chances to score and was unable to move the ball anywhere.
Although Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens has earned the critics he has faced recently, faceoffs are only half of the fight. It does not matter what type of game is called when you get eight chances on a 1 yard line. At some point, players must perform. Mayfield and the Browns have consistently failed to do it all season.