The Cleveland Browns escaped Minnesota with a win over the Vikings by the score of 14-7.
This game was every bit as close as the score indicates, and there were times when spectators thought the end result could go either way.
Browns offensive miscues and subpar play calling nearly became the headline for Coach Stefanski’s homecoming to Minnesota.
Watch my video recap of the game that talks about the good, bad, and ugly because this game had a little of each.
With the win, the Browns stay on pace in an extremely competitive AFC North division; there is a three-way tie for the lead at 3-1.
The AFC North after Week 4:
— Cincinnati 💔 (@CincyProblems) October 3, 2021
Here are the news and notes from the Week 4 win.
1. Defense Steps Up To The Plate
This is the second week in a row that the Browns defense lived up to its preseason billing.
Given the offensive woes of late, the Browns D is keeping the team competitive.
The fact that Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins only scored on their first possession of the game, and Greedy Williams hauled in the first Cousins interception of the season are both telling as to how dominant the defense is playing.
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 3, 2021
We all saw that Baker had a really bad game. Sometimes you need your defense to win a game for you. We’ll take it! On to the next!#Browns
— Aaron (@FL_Buckeye88) October 3, 2021
2. Offense Is “Off”
Quarterback Baker Mayfield and Coach Kevin Stefanski each took responsibility for an erratic and odd offensive outing.
There are likely a host of reasons for the offense being a little out-of-sorts.
This could be among them.
I have to say…the offense seems off since Jarvis went down #Browns
— CLEFan4Life (@LaVidaLysandra) October 3, 2021
No. Only two weeks removed from left shoulder subluxation. Likely still dealing with decreased strength and stability. https://t.co/yYs1kdLrJ9
— Dr. Brandon Bowers (@drbrandonbowers) October 3, 2021
The Baker talk will overshadow it but Chubb hasn't looked as explosive the past 2 weeks. Bit strange. Hunt has been the Browns best RB last two weeks.
— Football Chopz (@Pchopz_) October 3, 2021
There will be a week of diagnosis and critiques in the media and inside the facility at Berea.
Suffice it to say, things need to get better before the Browns play a very good Los Angeles Chargers team in Week 5.
3. Fan Reaction
Social media had a myriad of fan reactions to this game that was extremely frustrating to watch.
There was plenty of negativity to be had, but the bottom line is that the Browns are 3-1.
This glass half-full reaction reiterates that perspective.
— Rhonda_Metcalf (@metcalfrhonda95) October 3, 2021
In the end, a win is a win, and it is way better than a loss.