What you observed in Cleveland on Sunday was particularly what transpires when a person group will get loads of buzz and a deserving opponent will get roundly overlooked. The Titans bludgeoned the Browns 43-13 as they performed with an aggressiveness the Browns unsuccessful to match, at minimum until following the sport.
“Don’t ask me no inquiries like that,” Browns receiver Jarvis Landry hissed, when questioned about no matter if Cleveland’s dud was a byproduct of a deficiency of preseason reps jointly.
In advance of we bury Cleveland, who is seeking a huge turnaround heading into its Monday night time matchup on the road in opposition to the New York Jets, it’s essential to get a move again and search at why the NFL’s most-hyped offense struggled so much in the year opener.
So with out even more ado, the first product of my “Things I Noticed” weekly column of the 2019 NFL season is …
1. The Browns have security challenges and they’ll have to have to react vs. a common experience
The Browns received their asses kicked Sunday due to the fact they received their asses kicked up front.
Baker Mayfield had an uneven one touchdown, 3 interception performance as he was sacked 5 times and hurried seven moments. It was a stark contrast to a year ago, when the Browns’ offensive line retained Mayfield from staying sacked in five of the team’s very last 7 games.
I comprehensive this far more in the online video atop of this web page. Most of the Titans’ move hurry arrived off the edge, specifically when still left deal with Greg Robinson — the starter during the Browns’ solid close to the 2018 season — was ejected in the initially 50 percent.
Ideal tackle Chris Hubbard, the other bookend starter a calendar year in the past, took his put while Justin McCray slotted in on the ideal side. Among the two of them, they had a rough day, yielding various pressures and sacks.
The Browns also fell down by 20 factors in the fourth quarter, letting the Titans to tee off from the move, which can make even the best line search foolish. So there’s more than enough blame to go about, as Mayfield was liable for some of the sacks and pressures by holding the ball way too very long.
“I consider he will carry on to get improved with his eyes and set his eyes in the right position,” Browns head mentor Freddie Kitchens reported. “He will continue to get greater, and the ball will get started coming out quicker.”
Matters would have been different if Robinson didn’t get thrown out of the game, but the Browns’ security challenges have earned scrutiny likely ahead, primarily with Monday’s road test looming against the Jets, who racked up nine quarterback hits in a loss against the Charges in 7 days 1. New York defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has under no circumstances met a blitz he didn’t like and he has specific awareness of Mayfield’s habits as Cleveland’s interim head coach previous season.
These days, the only thing that can sabotage a high-traveling NFL offense is if the quarterback is being harassed as well much. Here’s hoping, for the sake of 1 of the league’s most blustery (but interesting!) groups, that it doesn’t verify to be a prolonged-term trend in Cleveland.
2. In a agreement period, Sammy Watkins primed to fill Tyreek Hill void
Here’s a saying that has stood the exam of time: the contract time is undefeated.
For the duration of my decades as a conquer author masking the Kansas Town Chiefs, I routinely observed players have profession years in the ultimate period of their deals. Justin Houston. Eric Berry. Dee Ford. And many a lot more.
It’s worth noting that even however receiver Sammy Watkins has a yr left on the a few-yr offer he signed right before previous season, Watkins is basically in a agreement calendar year, given that his wage-cap variety for 2020 is an unappealing $21 million. With a robust yr, he’ll both have more leverage with the Chiefs for a restructure or be able to command much more on the free agent marketplace if he’s launched.
So yeah, Watkins described to camp in killer condition and showed it in the Chiefs’ year-opening win Sunday, torching Jacksonville for 198 yards and a few touchdowns on 9 catches, a several of which had been even on the best younger corner in soccer, Jalen Ramsey:
What is a lot more, Watkins showed as a great deal elusiveness in the open up subject as he has in yrs, forcing a few missed tackles, his most in a recreation, according to Pro Soccer Target.
Watkins, 26, has the search of a receiver set for a occupation 12 months, specially with the injury to the Chiefs’ No. 1 receiver, Tyreek Hill.
As extended as Watkins stays balanced, and with Patrick Mahomes throwing him the rock, he can quickly outpace his earlier job highs in catches (65), yards (1,047) and touchdowns (9) as the Chiefs’ offense keeps rolling while Hill recuperates from an wounded clavicle.
3. Tyrell Williams, No. 1 receiver!
Any issues about no matter if Oakland’s offense would be far better this year ended up answered throughout the Raiders’ 24-16 earn above the Denver Broncos on Monday night.
Rookie jogging back again Josh Jacobs seemed elusive, rushing for 85 yards and a pair of touchdowns. What is much more, the guy who has ascended to the Raiders’ No. 1 getting alternative — absolutely free-agent wideout Tyrell Williams — caught six of 7 targets for 105 yards and a landing. Here’s a search at all of his grabs, together with an outstanding 43-property capture and a 24-yarder:
If Williams plays like that — and quarterback Derek Carr (completing 22 of 26 passes for 259 yards and a landing) remains as exact — the Raiders will surprise a good deal of people. The reality Oakland arrived out and performed so properly, so early, is a constructive early indicator that Gruden will steer clear of collateral damage to his rep after the Antonio Brown saga.
A reliable offensive performance Sunday in opposition to a weaker Kansas Town defense would only boost it.
4. The Denver showdown could not be as challenging for Mitchell Trubisky as we assumed
Talking of the Broncos, the Chicago Bears’ looming matchup versus Denver appears to be a tiny additional helpful immediately after Denver’s defensive general performance towards Oakland.
They’ll have to have it to be, much too. The Bears’ offense was inept in a 10-3 decline to Eco-friendly Bay on Thursday, as third-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky — who done only 58 p.c of his passes for 228 yards and an interception — skipped receivers all evening and created some dreadful throws, which include a doozy of an interception that ruined the Bears’ chances to tie the activity late in the fourth quarter:
Listen, the Bears might certainly repeat as NFC North champs. Matt Nagy remains just one of the finest young offensive head coaches in football, so he’ll make changes and get Trubisky alongside one another.
They improved hand the ball a lot more to working again David Montgomery, who has a larger upside than Mike Davis, and enable Trubisky use his legs far more to get outside the pocket and make performs.
5. Taysom Hill is a soccer player’s football participant
So I’m looking at Saints-Texans on Monday night, minding my very own organization, and observe a player streak in from nowhere to practically block the Texans’ go-in advance added position with a moment remaining in the fourth quarter. Who was it? None other than backup quarterback Taysom Hill, who continues to be a single of the most entertaining gadget gamers in the league:
On Monday night time, Hill lined up at QB (hurrying twice for 8 yards) and the slot (he was specific 2 times, catching a 9-lawn touchdown):
In all, Hill logged 15 offensive snaps and 23 specific groups snaps. As Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh likes to say, it ain’t hard becoming a soccer player if you’re a soccer player. There is zero doubt Hill qualifies for that difference.
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