Cleveland Browns’ First Possession Of The Year Goes Even Worse Than You Thought It Would

Bryan Brandom
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The Cleveland Browns’ season started out miserably. And even though they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, it was all uphill after a doomed opening drive.

Through their first three offensive plays of the season, Cleveland, led by rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, traveled backward nine yards.

Then fourth down resulted in a touchdown—for the Steelers, on a blocked punt.

But after the embarrassing start, the rebuilding team showed positive signs the rest of the way. 

They lost 21-18, but the Browns outscored the Steelers after that initial touchdown and limited their opponents to just 290 yards of total offense, without the help of injured No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett.

As for Kizer, the rookie completed 20 of 30 passes for 222 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. He also added 17 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown—not bad for the third-youngest quarterback to start in Week 1 in NFL history (behind Matthew Stafford and Drew Bledsoe).

“I like DeShone,” head coach Hue Jackson said after the loss, according to “I like the feel of him on the sideline with me, I like our communication. He had some opportunities that he’ll be the first to tell you he’d like to have back. But this guy gives us a chance. . . His first game, big game, he handled himself very well. … I thought he did some real good things.

“I thought he made some plays, maybe held the ball a little too long … That’s what young quarterbacks do sometimes … He’ll grow from that. … But for a first game, he did some good stuff.”

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