The Browns were slated to have a better season than years past. This wasn’t supposed to be that same NFL doormat team. Whether the QB was Tyrod Taylor or rookie Baker Mayfield, expectations were that the Browns were to be reckoned with. Multiple high draft picks will get you those expectations.
They didn’t disappoint much, as they came out and took it to the Saints. The same defensive backfield issues we’d seen before popped up again. Worse, the offense struggled to get anything going.
A combination of a good Browns defense that got three sacks on Drew Brees and a couple of costly fumbles put the Saints in a precarious position. The Gregg Williams led Browns defense fared much better this time than the Rams defense Sean Payton destroyed in 2016.
Fortunately, the Browns’ kicker had the worst game of his life, and Wil Lutz atoned for an earlier miss with a clutch field goal late in the game. This one was a nail biter and the Saints definitely were on the performance clock.