The final score of this game turned out to be pretty much how everyone expected

The final score of this game turned out to be pretty much how everyone expected
06 gru 2018 - 08:43:38 , with Kansas City winning 37-21 over Cleveland. The Browns are now 2-5-1 and couldn?t pull off enough magic in their first game without former head coach Hue Jackson. All of the defensive injuries didn?t help, as the club lose CB E.J. Gaines, CB Denzel Ward, and LB Christian Kirksey early on ? in addition to already being without FS Damarious Randall and LB Joe Schobert.The Browns got the ball first and were able to get past midfield after a 4th-and-1 conversion in which RB Nick Chubb received a favorable spot. Trying to move the ball further, though, WR Damion Ratley dropped a third down screen pass. Cleveland pinned the Chiefs back inside the 5 yard line with their punt, but it didn?t matter. QB Pat Mahomes led the Chiefs on a 95-yard drive in less than three minutes, capping the drive with a 50-yard screen pass to RB Kareem Hunt to go up 7-0.Cleveland moved the ball better on their next drive, but the officials missed a pass interference call in the end zone that was blatant. Then, on a 3rd-and-7, TE David Njoku completely ignored a blocking assignment to allow a free rusher to sack QB Baker Mayfield. Fortunately, K Greg Joseph was still able to connect from 51 yards out to make it a 7-3 game.The Browns saw both of their starting cornerbacks, Denzel Ward and E.J. Gaines, go to the locker room to begin the next drive. On the final play of the first quarter, the Chiefs faced a 3rd-and-19 from midfield. For the second time in the game, Cleveland failed to defend the screen pass, allowing RB Spencer Ware to go 25 yards on the catch-and-run for a first down. At the start of the second quarter, Mahomes fired an 11-yard touchdown pass to TE Travis Kelce to make it a 14-3 game.Cleveland answered with a lot of runs by RB Nick Chubb and then a 23-yard wheel route on 4th-and-2 by RB Duke Johnson. In goal-to-go, Chubb punched it in from 3 yards out to make it a 14-9 game. Interim head coach Gregg Williams opted to go for two, but Mayfield?s pass was intercepted, keeping it a five-point game.Kansas City was not phased. They scored a touchdown on their third consecutive drive to start the game, which included converting their second third-down attempt of the afternoon with the option. Hunt rammed it in from 1 yard out to put the Chiefs up 21-9 with 2:24 left in the first half.Cleveland responded again, with the help of another fourth down conversion (the Chiefs jumped offsides). The utilization of Johnson as a receiver continued, as he broke a tackle for a 19-yard touchdown with 0:26 left to make it 21-15. The two-point try failed again.The Browns? defense forced a lot more third down situations to start the second half , but Mahomes kept converting each of them. In the red zone, he fired a perfect pass over the middle to Kelce for a 13-yard touchdown, despite SS Jabrill Peppers being right there for the perfect coverage, to put the Chiefs up 28-15.Things quickly went south. The Browns couldn?t convert, leading to their first punt attempt of the game. P Britton Colquitt had his punt blocked, allowing Kansas City to take over at the 21 yard line. The Chiefs quickly punched it in with a 10-yard run by Hunt to go up 34-15 (the kicker missed the extra point).Cleveland was putting a drive together, but then Mayfield was dropped for a loss of 13 yards when DE Chris Jones came unblocked for a sack. Faced with a 3rd-and-goal from the 23, QB Tyrod Taylor checked in as Mayfield was evaluated in the medical tent. The screen pass to Njoku went for 11 yards, but an unsportsmanlike penalty on the Chiefs gave the Browns a 1st-and-goal at the 6 yard line. Two carries to Chubb went for a total of 1 yard, setting up 3rd-and-goal from the 5 to begin the fourth quarter.Mayfield returned and fired a quick slant to Johnson for a touchdown to make it a 34-21 game. Cleveland went for two again, but was sacked, making the team 0-of-3 on those attempts.Cleveland held the Chiefs to a 39-yard field goal attempt on their next drive, which K Harrison Butker connected on to make it a 37-21 game. The Browns faced another 4th-and-2 situation at midfield on their next drive, but this time, they were unable to convert, turning the ball over on downs to the Chiefs with 7:47 to go in the game. Cleveland forced a punt after a sack by DE Myles Garrett, getting the ball back with 5:20 to go, still down by 16 points.Mayfield started the next drive with 14- and 31-yard passes to Njoku and WR Antonio Callaway, respectively, to put the Browns in scoring range. On the next play, though, he rolled left and tried to throw across his body, leading to an interception. The game was pretty much over after that.Quick HittersQB Baker Mayfield: 29-of-42 for 297 yards, 2 TD Kevin Zeitler Jersey , 1 INT.RB Nick Chubb: 22 carries for 85 yards (3.86 YPC), 1 TD. 1 catch, 5 yards (1 target). RB Duke Johnson: 9 catches, 78 yards (9 targets), 2 TD. 1 carry, 8 yards (8.0 YPC).WR Jarvis Landry: 6 catches, 50 yards (7 targets).DE Myles Garrett: 1 sack. The NFL is sticking with its officiating emphasis on quarterback hits, including those in which the tackler uses all or most of his body weight when falling on the quarterback.NFL football operations chief Troy Vincent said Thursday that the powerful competition committee has clarified to game officials the techniques used in such hits, which have been a source of debate through the first three weeks of the schedule. Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews has been called for three of them, two of which appeared to be normal tackles.A lack of consistency on such calls also has been a source of contention throughout the league. In its regularly scheduled conference call, the committee reviewed video of such plays from 2017 and this year."In reiterating its position on quarterback protection," Vincent says, "the committee determined there would be no changes to the point of emphasis approved this spring, or to the rule of which the body weight provision has been in place since 1995."The inconsistency led Matthews to suggest the league has gone soft. He argued that what constitutes a clean hit is anybody's guess nowadays."I don't know if that statement really expresses how they're going to call it moving forward," he said Thursday, adding if it will be status quo, "If that's the case, that's truly unfortunate because I think I speak on behalf of everybody that doesn't like the rule and the way it's being called and the way it's being officiated." Furthermore after seeing the video, too, all hits on the quarterback that came from straight on ? which is what they teach you since peewee football with running backs, receivers or whatever, is to approach them head on if you can ? those were all illegal hits, much like the two hits I had on Cousins and (Alex) Smith last week, which were conveniently left out of the video."Compounding the complaints: Dolphins DE William Hayes tore his right ACL trying to avoid landing on Raiders QB Derek Carr."He was trying to not put body weight on the quarterback Authentic JC Tretter Jersey ," coach Adam Gase said of Hayes. "His foot got caught in the ground."He's one of our leaders and best run defender. That's going to be a tough one for us to swallow."Many of the calls have been difficult for defensive players and their coaches to swallow, and they've even gotten some support from quarterbacks."It helps me out because I'm a quarterback," said Deshaun Watson of the Texans. "But some of the calls are just kind of crazy."The competition committee's decision to remain with the status quo doesn't mean there will continue to be a flurry of such penalties. By clarifying the technique, the league is attempting to find some uniformity in the calls."I think we all have felt like it's all gone a little bit too far," said Fox analyst Mike Pereira, the former head of NFL officials. "But I think it'll seek a level that will get it back in sync with what the players think and what we all think."You know any time you put a new point of emphasis in, there's a point of adjustment to the players and the officials ... so again, an adjustment by both groups, the players and the officials."There have been 34 roughing-the-passer calls so far. While that works out to just one flag for every 100 pass attempts, it represents a massive increase over previous years. There were 16 such penalties through three weeks last season and 20 the year before that.Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, the top overall pick in the 2017 draft who had a roughing penalty in Week 1 rescinded by the league, sympathizes with Matthews and fellow defenders."It's ridiculous," he said Thursday. "I feel bad for Clay Matthews. He just can't win at this point right now. I mean I'm going to take them down how I have to. I saw what happened with Willie Hayes and that was, I wouldn't say depressing, but it was sad to see him doing his best to abide by the rules and get hurt."Garrett added he wouldn't risk injury to " lay him on the ground like he's a child."You just have to do what's best for you," he said. "He's going to be all right. Football is about getting hit and taking hits and giving hits. So if I get a penalty for saving my skin and trying to make big plays, then, oh well."There's only been a handful of flags, meanwhile, for players lowering their helmet, another point of emphasis, showing that players, coaches and officials have all adjusted accordingly to that rule change.AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton and Sports Writers Tom Withers and Genaro C. Armas contributed.



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