3 Reasons Browns Are Still Super Bowl Contenders After Loss


Clyde Edwards-Helaire #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs stiff arms Anthony Walker #4 of the Cleveland Browns during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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The Cleveland Browns lost a tight game on Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The final score was 33-29; however, the Browns led most of the game.

A few mistakes near the end of the game gave the Chiefs opportunity to seize the game, and the defending AFC champions did just that.

Despite the disappointment for the Browns, there is still plenty to be optimistic about.

Here are three reasons the Browns are still Super Bowl contenders after their Week 1 loss.

 

3. Offensive Line Is Among The Best

The Browns offensive line is one of the best in the NFL.

In the first half of the game, it gave quarterback Baker Mayfield plenty of time and protection.

And it created holes for Nick Chubb to run through and score two touchdowns.

When left tackle Jedrick Wills left the game with an injury, the level of play dropped a little, but the Browns, under Kevin Stefanski, have employed a next man up strategy that will be in place if Wills is out for any length of time.

 

2. Defense Is Good And Will Only Get Better

The Browns spent the offseason making the defense better.

The roster is full of superstars who did not play together in the preseason.

Unfortunately, the defense needed to be on point against former NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes.

There was no time to settle in.

More practice time and reviewing film from them being together on the field in a game situation will make them even better.

Against the Chiefs, there was also an unfortunate shortage at the safety position because Grant Delpit was inactive and Ronnie Harrison was ejected.

Presumably Delpit, who suffered a torn Achilles in the 2020 preseason, will be on the field soon, and Harrison will be back too.

John Johnson III is a good player, but he cannot do it alone.

 

1. The Team Will Fix The Mistakes

Four mistakes were all it took to lose the game for the Browns, who did not benefit from any Chiefs mistakes.

Those were Harrison’s ejection, Chubb’s fumble, Jamie Gillan‘s punting disaster, and Mayfield’s interception.

Stefanski will get these areas buttoned up with more reps and practice this week as the team prepares for its Week 2 game against the Houston Texans.

 

Conclusion

The Browns were good enough to beat about 95 percent of the other NFL teams.

It is unfortunate that they played one of the best in Week 1 and got a potential playoff preview.

In some respects, starting out with a tough game will help them get the necessary issues corrected and allow them to begin building momentum in the weeks ahead.

It is still very possible that the Browns and Chiefs could meet again later in the season in a playoff matchup.

The Browns will not lose to the Chiefs three times within the span of 12 months.

This franchise has worked too hard to get where it has in the past two seasons to let that happen.



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