The Browns Are For Real LFG

The Cleveland Browns have opened the season 4-1 and they sure look like they’re for real. Today’s 32-23 victory over the Colts, where they led from the middle of the second quarter on, was a supremely impressive effort on both sides of the ball.

On defense, the Colts came into the day with the best yardage defense in the NFL. They had held their previous opponents to 236.2 yards per game. The Browns gained 361 yards. Yes, Baker Mayfield threw two interceptions, he only completed 57 percent of his passes, and 6.7 yards per attempt is hardly a banner day. But, the Colts only gave up 29 points in the last three weeks combined. You have to look at the context of who they were playing on defense.

Speaking of defense, I know Philip Rivers looks shot, but the Browns had a hand in making him look like that.

I’ll admit part of my exuberance might be attributable to the fact that I want the Browns to be for real. How much fun would that be? They’re probably not besting the Ravens in the AFC North, but they have all but assured they’ll at least be relevant through Thanksgiving.

NFL seasons have a way of twisting and turning and this one is going to be especially weird. Right now, the Browns being really good is a fun storyline to rally behind.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. I have been a firm Mayfield/Browns denier, and I’m here to tell you I was WRONG. Most of all I like the new head coach, they upgraded from perhaps the dumbest coach in football to one of the smartest, and his calming influence is evident all across the roster. Mayfield looks like a pro bowler, OBJ plays and acts like a team captain, and Good Lord is Myles Garrett a nightmare to opposing QBs. Not to mention they have one of the best O-line in the league. A buddy and former college football player once told me that NFL teams who suck for a long time, end up with a ton of early draft picks, and once they finally get some good coaching, LTFO.

    The downside for Cleveland, they have to deal with not only 4-0 Pittsburgh and the 3-1 Ravens. That Division is going to be murder this year.

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