- Kevin Stefanski is making good fourth-down decisions, but execution remains an issue (cleveland.com) - Earlier this season Joel Bitonio was asked about the Browns’ aggressiveness on fourth downs. A few days earlier against the Chiefs, the Browns converted two fourth downs in the first half that led to touchdowns. “It felt normal,” the veteran guard said. “It felt like, ‘that’s what we do now.’” The Browns are doing it more than almost every other team in the NFL.
- Browns won’t activate Jarvis Landry in time for him to play in Sunday’s game vs. Cardinals (Beacon Journal) - The wait for Jarvis Landry’s return to game action will continue. The Browns (3-2) won’t activate the five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver by 4 p.m. Saturday, meaning he will not be eligible to face the Arizona Cardinals (5-0) on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium, a league source said.
- 11 questions for Joel Bitonio, who just keeps getting better in his 8th season (clevelandbrowns.com) - Here’s to the next 100. Joel Bitonio’s 100th start is in the rearview mirror, and the veteran guard is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, he might just be playing the best football of his eight-year career.
- Kyler Murray’s rivalry with friend and foe Mayfield may take a backseat to Cards’ COVID-19 mess (Arizona Republic) - In their latest Nissan “Heisman House” commercial, Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray upstages Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield after former star running back Barry Sanders convinces Murray to take his place and once again be Mayfield’s roommate like he was during their college days at Oklahoma. In real life, Murray won’t concede much of anything to Mayfield. They might be close friends off the field, but the former No.1 overall draft picks and Heisman Trophy winners remain fierce rivals with a burning desire to beat the other.
- NFL ‘right where we need to be’ in crackdown on taunting penalties (Associated Press) - The NFL’s crackdown on unsportsmanlike penalties is working the way the league intended. Officials threw 11 flags for taunting in the first two weeks of this season — the same number called in the entire 2020 season for the same foul — but only three over the next three weeks.
- David Baker retiring as president and executive director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Canton Repository) - David Baker, the president and executive director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame since January 2014, is retiring from the Hall to return to his home, family and business projects in California and Nevada. The Hall announced Baker’s decision in a news release Saturday afternoon.
- Inside the incredible numbers that define success for Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (ESPN) - The football world is still trying to figure out what label to put on Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s incredible comeback in Monday night’s 31-25 overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts.