Game Recap 10/29/23 | Browns Lose to the Seahawks 24-20

October 29, 2023

Andy Billman

Post-Game Live Recap

3 Things About Browns Loss to the Seahawks

 1 – Heartbreak Hotel

After back-to-back thrilling victories, the Browns could not turn the hat trick.  The Browns had the lead with 2:04 remaining with a 3rd and 3 at their own 41 when QB PJ Walker threw the ball, getting a pass tipped into the air off the helmet of Jamal Adams and into the arms of Julian Love for an interception.  It was questionable for the Browns not to run the ball, but Kevin Stefanski decided to put the ball in the air one more time.

Seattle then quickly marched the length of the field to score the game-winning touchdown by former Buckeye Jaxon Smith-Njiba. 

The Browns’ final drive ended with negative nine yards while giving up the ball on downs. 

2 – Turnover Battle

Losing the turnover battle finally cost Cleveland, as the Browns lost the turnover battle again three to two. 

3 – Time of Possession

The Browns dominated time of possession from 36:40 to 23:20, and that seemed to take a lot of steam from the Seahawks’ defense for most of the second half.  Yet, Cleveland could not capitalize, only getting two field goals in the red zone in the second half. 

Game Summary

Geno Smith orchestrated a remarkable comeback for the Seattle Seahawks, securing a 24-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Seattle had squandered their early 14-point lead before Smith’s heroics.

Facing the formidable NFL-leading defense of the Browns, Smith struggled for most of the game, but he came alive during Seattle’s final drive. He completed four out of five passes, with the last being a quick screen pass to Jaxon Smith-Njigba. The rookie, a first-round pick, capitalized on a splendid block from DK Metcalf on the perimeter, sneaking down the sideline to score his second career touchdown.

Seattle (5-2) gave themselves a chance by intercepting Cleveland quarterback P.J. Walker near midfield with only 1:57 remaining.

On a crucial third-and-3 at the Browns’ 41-yard line, Walker attempted a quick slant to Amari Cooper. The pass deflected off the helmet of blitzing safety Jamal Adams, sailing nearly 20 yards downfield before falling into the arms of Julian Love.

Seattle took possession at their 43, and Smith needed just five plays to reach the end zone.

Smith’s final stats for the game were 23 completions on 37 attempts for 254 yards, including two touchdowns and two interceptions. His first interception occurred at the end of the first half when Seattle was in position to score, and he also suffered a sack from Myles Garrett in the fourth quarter, knocking Seattle out of field goal range while trailing 20-17.

Early in the game, wide receiver Jake Bobo rushed for a 3-yard touchdown, and Smith connected with Tyler Lockett for a 12-yard touchdown pass, giving Seattle a 14-0 lead in less than 10 minutes. However, Seattle’s offense struggled for most of the remaining three quarters.

Meanwhile, P.J. Walker completed 15 of 31 passes for 248 yards and threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to David Njoku in the first quarter. Most of Walker’s success through the air came on screen passes, and the Browns (4-3) heavily relied on a three-man rushing attack.

Kareem Hunt, Pierre Strong Jr., and Jerome Ford combined for 137 rushing yards on 33 carries. Hunt managed a 1-yard TD run in the second quarter, but the Browns settled for field goals of 25 and 27 yards from Dustin Hopkins in the third quarter when their drives stalled inside the Seattle 10.

Njoku had an impressive performance with four catches for 77 yards, and Cooper recorded six receptions for 89 yards.

Walker struggled with three turnovers during his second start in place of the injured Deshaun Watson, throwing an interception to Riq Woolen in the first half and fumbling on a sack by Jordyn Brooks in the first quarter, aiding Seattle in taking their early lead.

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