*Above video shows how a Browns fan is keeping track of how many QBs started since 1999*
Starting off, Cleveland running back Jerome Ford ran for a 69-yard TD on the third play of the game to give the Browns an early 7-0 lead.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson started the game as the Browns (3-2) are battling the Colts (3-3) in Indianapolis.
Colts struck back quickly with a 59-yard TD pass from Gardner Minshew to Josh Downs to tie the game at 7-7.
Deshaun Watson threw an interception on the second possession of the game.
Colts scored on a 17-yard TD run by quarterback Gardner Minshew to give the Colts a 14-7 lead late in the 1st quarter.
P.J. Walker is in at QB for the Browns after Deshaun Watson goes into the medical tent resulting from a hard hit.
Kareem Hunt runs for a 2-yard TD to tie the game 14-14 in the 2nd quarter.
Dustin Hopkins makes a 44-yard field goal to give the Browns a 17-14 lead in 2nd quarter.
Browns score on a fumble recovery in the Colts end zone and Cleveland takes a 24-21 lead. Myles Garrett caused the fumble with a strip sack. Garrett blocked an Indy field goal earlier in the 2nd quarter. Garrett also has two sacks.
Hopkins nails a 54-yard FG to put the Browns up 27-21 at the half.
As we start in the third quarter, scoring wasn’t the same as with the first quarter. However, Browns kicker Hopkins was helpful once more as the score moved to 30-21. Then, naturally, the Colts then scored a touchdown, and the game went to 30-28.
Rolling into the fourth quarter, the Cleveland Browns are hoping to keep their 2-point lead, but the Colts were able to take the lead thanks to a good kick, moving the score to 31-30.
The Colts’ pick close to their end zone ended up meaning nothing, and they had to punt the ball away.
Denzel Ward’s returns is questionable after a head injury. Jerome Ford is also dealing with an ankle injury.
Stefanski once again puts his trust in Hopkins and he completes the longest kick of his career: 57-yarder. The score then moved to 33-31. However, the Colts were able to literally runaway with the ball, going 75 yards, and the Colts took the lead 38-33, despite a taunting call.
Out of timeouts, and 47 seconds to go, the Colts were able to knock the ball loose and get the ball … until the refs called it back because of a flag. Despite multiple tries, it took until 15 seconds to go for Kareem Hunt to make the touchdown. And the score moved to 39-38 (as the attempt at 2 points was not good.
The Colts still had a timeout at 15 seconds to go, unfortunately for them, the Browns were able to take control of the ball with 2 seconds left making the victory complete.
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The Cleveland Browns‘ defense, running game, and kicking game were keys to a thrilling victory against San Francisco last week, while the passing game could use a boost after Deshaun Watson missed two games with an injured shoulder.
While Watson was out, Browns receiver Amari Cooper was still making impressive catches. “It’s something I’ve been doing my whole life so imagine something that most people think is difficult that you’ve been doing for a long time that’s easy for you,” Cooper said.
HOLD ONTO TO THAT FOOTBALL!
Cleveland offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said practice this week put a lot of focus on not turning the football over because the Colts cause plenty of turnovers.
“Coach (Kevin) Stefanski challenged our defensive scout team to get a ball out this week, so they’re trying hard to get it out and we’re trying hard to protect it.”
While the Browns are playing smothering defense, they’ve only forced four turnovers in the first five games.
BROWNS DEFENSE IS OFF TO HISTORY-MAKING START
According to NFL statistics, the Browns defense is putting up historic numbers like only allowing offenses 3.8 yards per play on average. The only team in the last three decades that has allowed fewer than four yards per play was the 2008 Super Bowl-winning Pittsburgh Steelers.
Cooper said it galvanizes the offense to see the defense playing what many sports analysts say is the best in the league right now.
“When I see the defense making plays, it makes me want to make plays out there,” Cooper said. “Like when Myles (Garrett) makes a sack or strip sack it’s going to get me up out of my seat. It’s going to make me say, okay, I have to step my game up.”