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Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos - 1st Quarter Game Thread

Discuss the 1st quarter of CLE vs. DEN live, as the action unfolds.

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Today, the Cleveland Browns take on the Denver Broncos for Week 15! We will have game threads running for each quarter, so be sure to participate in the discussions.

Chris Pokorny: “I like the Browns to continue Baker Mayfield’s hot stretch against Denver’s secondary, and being able to mitigate the Broncos’ dynamic pass rush by how well he has gotten the ball out over the past four weeks. I like the Browns to take advantage of the Broncos’ injuries at cornerback to win a tight prime-time game 23-20.” Browns 23, Broncos 20.

Matt Wood: “Browns WIN! Mayfield goes off in primetime. He shreds the Broncos for over 300 and 3 TD’s. Lindsay has some big runs to keep Denver close but Baker is primetime baby!” Browns 34, Broncos 27.

rufio: “All of Denver wants their coach fired. The Browns want respect and are extra motivated to play on national TV. Baker continues his pro-bowl caliber play (yeah I said it) and gets the ball out quickly so that the Bronco’s pass rush doesn’t have time to hit home. Chubb has a field day.

On the other side of the ball, Case Keenum is fooled by Gregg Williams’ defense into throwing a pair of INTs, but Keenum does enough allow his receivers to make a few big plays on jump balls. Phillip Lindsey breaks loose for a pair of big runs despite being stuffed most of the day. In the end the Browns have more possessions and that propels them to the win.” Broncos 30, Denver 24.

Ezweav: “Cleveland fans are as excited as they’ve been in a long time, thus the Curse has been licking it’s chops over this one all week. Against Denver, Browns outplay the whole game, and then leading 23-16 with about 4 minutes left, Duke (who’s had a monster game to this point) is about to walk into the endzone to deliver the dagger. However Callaway misses a block on Chris Harris who then runs up and knocks the ball out just before he crosses the goal line. Broncos recover at the 2.

Keenum then proceeds to drive them down the field all 98 yards, aided by incredibly good fortune on a 3rd and 17 play where lined up in the shotgun the snap hits a receiver in motion but inexplicably ricochets to Keenum, who delivers a strike for a 1st down. A few plays later he finds Courtland Sutton on a slant pattern for the TD, tying the game at 23 and sending to OT.

Baker throws for 5 first downs on the opening sequence but all of them are called back by penalty, and we punt. Broncos then drive down the field and get in position to try a long FG. McManus hits it, and it appears to sail just outside the upright, but is nevertheless called good anyway, and we lose.” Broncos 23, Browns 20.

Thomas Moore: “The Browns have only won in Denver once since 1972 and that came in the 1990 season. That, coincidentally, was also the last time the Browns had a quarterback like Baker Mayfield. This is a different Browns team from what we’ve all seen in the past, one that is ready to let the rest of the league know that their time is arriving quickly. Saturday night’s primetime game is when that happens.” Browns 21, Denver 10.

Andrea Hangst: “Denver’s offense shouldn’t be much of a test against Cleveland’s defense. And while the Broncos have some formidable components on defense, it hasn’t been all-around dominant this season, providing ample opening for Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb to both have big days. This is a new Browns team, one that can certainly win on the road, in prime time.” Browns 20, Broncos 12.


Game: Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos
Date/Time: Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 8:20 PM ET
Television: NFL Network - Mike Tirico & Kurt Warner
Local Radio: ESPN 850 WKNR, 92.3 The Fan, 98.5 FM WNCX

This is the official game thread for the Broncos vs. Browns match-up. Any comment regarding the game as it is taking place should go in this thread, and there will be subsequent threads for each quarter of action. No GIF’s or images are permitted in game threads.

As always, GO BROWNS!!!