Friday, August 19, 2016

Krunch Time With Katelin: Browns vs. Falcons, Preseason Week 2 Recap

Browns Lose To The Falcons, But There Are Some Positives
By Katelin Marshall, @KatelinKnowsCLE

The Cleveland Browns lost to the Falcons 24-13, which by itself is disappointing but after watching the game (mostly the first half) there are some positives to build on.

First and foremost, the Cleveland Browns might have found their quarterback. Robert Griffin III went 6-8 for 96 yards and two touchdowns. The first one was to Terrelle Pryor for 50 yards, who got separation from pro-bowl cornerback Desmond Trufant. The second TD pass was to pro-bowl tight end Gary Barnidge. Griffin placed a beautiful ball down the side line for Barnidge. Besides the two touchdown passes Griffin also ran the read option for 22 yards and then executed a nice slide to avoid the hit. RG3 has shown enough to earn the label "starting quarterback" and all speculation from fans and media of Hue Jackson's decision is a moot point.

Another positive from the offense was the running game. Isaiah Crowell hit the holes with good speed and wasn't hesitant in his decision making, He also displayed good vision while finding holes, which also gives credit to the offensive line. With the success of the running game it did open up the passing game which resulted in Pryor's touchdown catch.

Now to list a negatives.

The Browns offense was 1/8 trying to convert on third down.

The Browns defense was shaky. Yes individual players did well, guys like Carl Nassib, Demario Davis, Derrick Kindred, and Jamal Taylor. But overall the defense wasn't great. They gave up big gaps in the rushing game giving up 225 yards. Now I understand that will happen in the preseason and the Browns were  going up against the zone blocking scheme but at the same point it did seem like the guys up front weren't doing their jobs correctly.

Another down with the defense was the overall tackling. It was horrible. Justin Gilbert couldn't rap up the running back Devonta Freeman who had a big run for a touchdown.

Travis Coons missed a extra point, so that's that.

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