At Tampa Bay
80 degrees, clear
Key Coaching Decisions 1: (CLE Ball, trailing 16-2 / Fourth and 2 / :26 Q2)
• Down only two touchdowns with the second half left to play, Hue Jackson elected to attempt a fourth down conversion instead of kicking a field goal.
Key Coaching Decision 2: (CLE Ball, trailing 23-16 / Fourth and 1 / 5:02 Q4)
• Trailing by seven, the Browns attempt and fail to convert a 4th & Goal. They would go on to score a touchdown on their next possession to tie the game, which provides evidence of the fact that kicking a field goal instead of attempting the fourth & goal likely would have put them in a position to win.
• Hue Jackson passed up on six points in this matchup through these decisions. In a game that was tied and ultimately decided by three points, it can be argued that these decisions lost the game for the Browns, and therefore Cleveland’s play calling score was reduced to only two points.
• The offensive schemes for both teams looked quite effective for stretches of this game, earning each coach a score of eight in the game planning category. Cleveland earned the edge for in-game adjustments by virtue of their late scoring drives that overcame a 16-23 deficit to send the game to overtime.