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Key Coaching Decision #1: (CLE ball, no score / fourth-and-1, KC 49 / 11:05 Q1)
• On the Chiefs’ side of the field, the Browns are aggressive in the first possession of the Gregg Williams head coaching tenure. Quarterback Baker Mayfield hands the ball off to running back Nick Chubb for a one-yard gain. The Browns appeared to get a favorable spot. The aggressiveness did not result in any points, as a few plays later they were forced to punt after the Chiefs defense held up.
• The conversion attempt demonstrated that the Browns were going to be taking chances all game in an attempt to defeat one of the best teams in the NFL.
Key Coaching Decision #2: (CLE ball, trailing 14-9 / 2-point conversion attempt / 6:29 Q2)
• After Nick Chubb scores on a three-yard run to cut the Chiefs lead to 14-9, the Browns unsuccessfully attempt a 2-point conversion that would have made it a field goal game. With two-and-a-half quarters of football left in the game, it would have been better to kick the extra point here to make it 14-10.
Key Coaching Decision #3: (CLE ball, trailing 21-9 / fourth-and-1, KC 49 / 0:50 Q2)
• Earlier in the game, the Browns were successful attempting a fourth-down conversion from this exact position on the field and with the same “to go” distance. They lined up to go for it here, but an encroachment penalty on the Chiefs gave the Browns a first down and extended the drive. Had the conversion been unsuccessful, the Chiefs would have taken over in great field position and with an opportunity to add to their 12-point lead.
• However, the Browns continued the drive and scored three plays later on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Baker Mayfield to running back Duke Johnson. This cut the Chiefs lead to 21-15. It’s important to note that the Browns did a good job of saving their timeouts for this final drive of the half.
Key Coaching Decision #4: (CLE ball, trailing 21-15 / 2-point conversion attempt / 0:26 Q2)
• After scoring the touchdown on their final drive of the first half, the Browns attempt another two-point conversion. Again, it’s unsuccessful. A successful PAT would have made the game 21-16. Had they attempted and made the earlier one, it would have made it a 21-17 game. It was too early in the game to chase points even after having missed an earlier two-point conversion.
Key Coaching Decision #5: (CLE ball, trailing 34-21 / 2-point conversion attempt / 14:57 Q4)
• Baker Mayfield finds Duke Johnson from five yards out for the duo’s second touchdown connection of the day to make it a 34-21 game. The Browns attempt a third 2-point conversion attempt on the day. Mayfield is sacked and, for the third time, the attempt fails. At this point, the Browns need two touchdowns to go ahead in the game. Had they kicked the PATs after all three scores, they’d be trailing by 10 and would have needed only a field goal and touchdown to tie the game.
• It was no surprise that the Browns lost their fourth straight game considering the week they had. Former head coach Hue Jackson was fired on Monday and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams took over as interim head coach. It didn’t seems to improve the performance on the field.
• Cleveland was hit with injuries at cornerback as soon as they arrived at the stadium. Starting cornerback Damarious Randall could not play due to a groin injury and E.J. Gaines and rookie Denzel Ward both were hurt in the first half. The loss of Ward was big as he appeared to be assigned to stop Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill. Injuries at defensive back made stopping QB Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense even harder.
• Baker Mayfield threw two TD passes and finished 29 of 42 for 297 yards. He threw one interception late in the game. It was a costly one, late in the fourth quarter (4:39) and down two scores at the Chiefs 31-yard line. Mayfield forced a throw intended for tight end Seth DeValve and it was intercepted by cornerback Steven Nelson. This interception ended any Browns hope of coming back in the game.
• The Chiefs are an offensive juggernaut. They finished with 499 total yards and were 4 of 4 in the red zone.
• Cleveland–area natives Kareem Hunt and Travis Kelce accounted for all five of the Chiefs touchdowns. Hunt had two receiving touchdowns as did Kelce. Hunt added a rushing touchdown as well.
• The Chiefs need to improve their penalty issues. They were penalized 11 times for 86 yards. They can get away with this against the Browns, but may not be able to get away this down the stretch against better opposition.