Earlier, I mentioned that the 2018 Browns started their season with the most unpredictable seven weeks in NFL history. To show you what I mean, let’s take it one week at a time.
In a game where the Steelers turn the ball over six times, the Browns find themselves trailing 21–7 in the fourth quarter. It’s not a promising opening for the revamped offense, led by Tyrod Taylor, the 29th Browns starting QB in 20 seasons. They do manage to tie things up at 21 all, though, when Taylor connects with Josh Gordon on a 17-yard touchdown at the two-minute warning.
And following a Pittsburgh three-and-out, the Browns get the ball back with a chance to win it in regulation. Unfortunately, facing 1st-and-10 at the Steelers’ 43 with 23 seconds left, Taylor throws a pick. Overtime.
The extra period starts with a Browns punt, followed by a Steelers punt, and another Browns punt. Finally, the Steelers have a drive going, needing only a field goal to win the game. Chris Boswell gets a shot from 42 yards out but puts it wide left. The Browns are still in this one but will go a third straight overtime drive without picking up a first down, sending things back to Ben Roethlisberger.