The Cleveland Browns’ loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday was a giant pile of mental mistakes, blunders and poor execution. If the Browns had been competitive and lost, it would be one thing, but from the moment the Bengals scored their first touchdown, the Browns never had a chance.
Instead of showcasing that they were ready for prime time, they showed the NFL world that they still have a long way to go.
The worst part was that the Browns essentially defeated themselves. You cannot make dozens of mental errors on the road and expect to win in the NFL. It just doesn’t happen.
The loss was not crippling but certainly a step backward. The Browns still have a very real shot at the playoffs if they can catch the inconsistent New York Jets in the wild-card race, but they will need to play much better down the stretch.
Before we look ahead, however, lets look back at the Browns’ 41-20 loss to the Bengals Sunday.