Browns show youth, fall to Colts

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Sep 24, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) runs the ball in for a touchdown against Cleveland Browns defensive linemen Carl Nassib (94) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

You could say that after the Week 1 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers that the Cleveland Browns walked away with a moral victory. While today’s game was close, there are no moral victories in this loss.

The Browns were not able to complete the comeback as they fell to the Indianapolis Colts 31-28 after being down 28-7.

The Browns are the youngest team in the NFL and it showed today in the loss.

They were penalized 10 times for 113 yards that included FOUR offensive pass interference calls. To go along with the offensive pass interference, the Browns also had about 10 drops. Those are 14 mistakes in your passing game that you can not afford to have.

Riding the rookie quarterback wave

Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer seemed to get rid of the ball quicker, but he still made quite a few mistakes.

Let’s look at the positives first.

DeShone was only sacked one time today compared to the nine sacks in the previous two games. There were a few throws that made me say, “Wow. This kid has got it.”

The throw he made to Kenny Britt to bring the Browns within 10 was quite impressive. He also hit TE Seth DeValve numerous times today.

The drive that Kizer led the Browns on in the two-minute drill was the best drive of the day. The Colts took a 28-7 lead with 2:41 left in the half and were getting the ball to start the second half.

The drive was kept alive by a pass interference penalty and Kizer made the Colts pay for it. A few plays later, Jordan Leslie made an Odell Beckham-esque catch to get down to the 2-yard line. Leslie was just promoted from the practice squad on Friday.

Kizer then hit fellow rookie David Njoku on a play-action pass for the touchdown. This was by far the best drive of Kizer’s young career so far.

Kizer is a rookie so he did make some mistakes.

There were multiple occasions today that he had receivers open but held onto the ball too long and they became covered. Thankfully there was only one sack as a result of it.

The two interceptions he threw today were both his fault. The last one he threw cost the Browns the football game as it was inside the red zone.

A jar of mild Peppers

Rookie Jabrill Peppers did not have a good day today.

First off, he took a terrible angle to the ball on the long T.Y. Hilton touchdown. With all the positions he has played, that was inexcusable. So was the next thing.

There has been a lot made about how deep Peppers plays in Gregg Williams’ defense. Getting called for a pass interference when you play that deep cannot happen. Hilton somehow got behind Peppers and he had to resort to that.

The Browns forced the Colts to punt with about 30 seconds left in the game and Peppers fair caught the ball at their own 9-yard line. In that case, he needs to get as many yards as possible.

Leave Kenny Britt in Indianapolis

After Hue Jackson said that he challenged Kenny Britt to put forth more effort this week, DeShone Kizer targeted him 10 times today.

Britt dropped about four of them.

It will be hard for the Browns to move on from Britt so early but they need to do so. It’s clear that the drops are a major problem

Browns Players of the Game

DeShone Kizer – Kizer threw for 242 yards on 22 of 47 passes (10 drops) with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He also has 44 yards on 7 carries and a touchdown.

Duke Johnson Jr. – In my preview for the game, I said that the Browns need to get him the ball more and they did. He six receptions for 81 yards and two carries for 23 yards and a touchdown.

Joe Schobert – Schobert continues to impress me early on in the season. He is able to make his presence known all over the field. He has a half of a sack, two QB hits and eight tackles.

What’s next?

The Browns come back home to face their in-state rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals.

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