The young Cleveland Browns were once again undone by mistakes and lack of experience in their 24-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills as 2.5-point home underdogs in Week Three of the NFL season. The Browns, who have now lost nine straight games dating back to last season, head to Baltimore for a Thursday night contest against the Ravens where they will be heavy underdogs once the Week Four NFL odds are released.
Cleveland hung tough against the Bills, but simply didn’t have enough to pull the upset. The two offensive rookies pegged to lead the team—quarterback Brandon Weedan and Trent Richardson—again were inconsistent. Weedan finished with 237 yards and a touchdown on 27 of 43 passing, but also threw two late interceptions that proved the Browns’ ultimate undoing. Richardson, who the Bills’ said stopping was priority No. 1 entering the game, gained 27 yards on 12 carries.
The Browns will have just four days to get over this loss and get ready for the Baltimore Ravens, who are considered among the top NFL picks this season. They have plenty of work to do on both sides of the ball. Weedan was again compromised versus the Bills by a poor offensive line that gave up four sacks and failed to open holes in the running game, as well as a receiving corp that continues to drop passes from the rookie. Additionally, the Browns defense again had no answer for their opponents’ rushing attack. Buffalo finished with 138 rushing yards against the Browns’ defense, which ranked 17th in the NFL against the run entering the game.
Despite the loss, the rebuilding Browns looks like they may be heading in the right direction. A looming trip to Baltimore, however, doesn’t figure to right the ship this week. It may be best to take a wait-and-see approach when considering a wager on the Browns this season.