Are the Cleveland Browns turning into a Good Team?
Two weeks after losing a heartbreaker to Baltimore and having a bye week to readjust their faulty defense, the Cleveland Browns came out and quickly fell behind by 25 points to the lowly Tennessee Titans. By now we all know that those same Browns made the biggest comeback by a road team in NFL history. With the Browns pulling to an even .500 and rival Pittsburgh coming to town, a positive buzz continues to blanket the city by the lake.
Revisiting the Cleveland Browns extremely impressive comeback victory this past Sunday, it’s easy to notice a common theme that has plagued the Brownies through the first five weeks. That theme being last second final decisions that get your blood pumping faster than the speed of light. After losing weeks 1 and 3 on game winning field goals, and winning week 2 on a last second field goal of their own, it looked like week 5 was shaping up to have the same fate. Brian Hoyer led the Browns on a 26-0 run as the defense everyone hyped up before the season took its form in the second half, reaching its pinnacle when it stopped the Titans from driving as the clock ran out. Who would’ve guessed Hoyer, the man who was outplayed by Johnny Manziel in the preseason and looked as if he had no confidence, would be playing at such a high caliber? Sunday’s win basically confirmed that this is Hoyer’s team for the foreseeable future, so apologies to Johnny Football fans everywhere. This current team is bringing back vivid memories of the Brian Sipe led Cardiac Kids of old. If at least ten fans don’t end up in the hospital by the end of the year due to heart problems, then the season will be deemed unsuccessful.
Cavaliers Preseason Preview
LeBron James and Co. made their preseason debut versus new head coach David Blatt’s former team, Maccabi Tel Aviv. Quicken Loans Arena was the loudest it had been since 2010; the last time LeBron played in a Cavaliers uniform. One noticeable statistic was the rebounding differential, something we’ll be seeing a lot of over the course of this next season. Kevin Love finished with 11 points, Tristan Thompson added 13, and Anderson Varejao contributed 15. As a team, the Cavs outrebounded Tel Aviv 64-36. Outside of that, the Cavaliers play was very raw and scrambled, showing they’re going to need a lot more work before the season begins. One last note: keep an eye out for Ray Allen, as rumors swirled today that he’s becoming increasingly closer to signing with the team.
Things to look out for in the area LeBron has recently deemed “The Land”, include a preseason Cavaliers matchup in center Anderson Varejao’s homeland of Brazil and a rematch against the hated Pittsburgh Steelers. Both teams will look to win consecutive games, though a win by the Browns would be much more important as it’d raise the team above .500 with a fairly easy schedule in the coming weeks. We’ll soon find out whether or not these new Cardiac Kids are for real, or if they’re just the most average team in history.