The Chicago Bears and Justin Fields struggled from start to finish on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Myles Garrett set a Browns franchise record with 4.5 sacks in a single game. Fields was under pressure all day, and was sacked a total of 9 times.
Browns Defensive Dominance Goes Beyond Sacks
It seems easy to get caught up in the eye-catching 9 sacks that the Browns defense racked up on Bears rookie QB Justin Fields. The Chicago Bears offense looked like absolute dog shit, with a team total of 47 net yards gained on 42 offensive plays. Not difficult to determine just how bad that yards per play average really is.
Having not watched the game live, I was aware of the sack total prior to watching. For whatever reason I expected to see a lot of sacks due to hesitation on the part of Fields, but in reality I saw an offensive line that had zero ability to protect their young quarterback. It was a slaughter that started early and never really let up.
Is Matt Nagy the New Adam Gase?
The constant pressure combined with a Chicago Bears’ offensive game-plan that was as pitiful as one might expect coming from Matt Nagy, who was once billed as an offensive genius but has since gone on to prove that theory to be incredibly off base and unwarranted. Matt Nagy appears to have reached the stratosphere of an Adam Gase when it comes to taking talented players and making them look lost and helpless on the football field.
4th Down Issues In Red Zone for Cleveland
The Browns have become an aggressive team on offense under the leadership of Kevin Stefanski, who has shown a willingness to go for it on 4th down in an attempt to tack on touchdowns rather than field goals. When the team has two legitimate starting running backs in the backfield like Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, it seems like a much easier decision to make.
That being said, this move ended in failure more than once against the Bears, with Baker Mayfield being sacked on both 4th down attempts that occurred in the red zone. Watch both blunders below:
Great TD Drive To End First Half
Closing out the first half on a successful note goes a long way when it comes to winning games on a regular basis. Cleveland got the ball back with the score tied at 3-3 and just under 3 minutes remaining in the first half. At that point Baker Mayfield and the Browns offense went on a 12 play drive covering 89 yards, ending in beautiful touchdown pass to tight end Austin Hooper.
Cleveland Browns Wide Receivers
The team entered Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears without wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who recently went on IR due to an MCL injury. On a more positive note, Sunday marked the official return of Odell Beckham Jr, who looked good in his season debut finishing the day with 5 catches for 77 yards.
The Browns will need other receivers to step up in the absence of Landry, and Donovan Peoples-Jones appears to be the guy for the job. He’s shown flashes of potential, and he had a few great catches on Sunday against the Bears, including the sideline beauty below.
Special Shout Out to Demetric Felton
One of the more common cliches associated with pro football is the fact that everyone in the league is talented, and it’s often rare for individuals to stand out from the crowd. But if you have eyeballs with any amount of vision left and you watched the Browns play the Bears, then you could clearly see that Demetric Felton is different. He has a rare combination of shiftiness and speed that can change a game in an instant. and he’s been making defenders look foolish on a weekly basis.