10 a.m. | First Energy Stadium | Cleveland
TV: FOX | Radio: 710 AM/97.3 FM | Stream: NFL Game Pass
3:30 | Seahawks 32, Browns 28 Russell Wilson does exactly what’s come to be expected from him in a close game in the fourth quarter. He marches the Seahawks down the field on a touchdown drive to give them the lead with less the four minutes to go in this one. He appeared to find Tyler Lockett for a touchdown after Lockett dived for the goal line, but after review, he was ruled down just short. Chris Carson takes the carry up the middle on the next play to score the TD, giving the Seahawks a four-point lead.
9:02 | Browns 28, Seahawks 25 OK, so after all that, the Seahawks go three and out. Michael Dickson shanks his punt, and it takes Cleveland two plays to get into the end zone this time. Nick Chubb breaks free for 21 yards, then takes it three more yards for a touchdown the next play. The Browns go for two to extend their lead to three.
10:39 | Seahawks 25, Browns 20 After a bananas sequence of events, the Seahawks come up with a goal-line stand and the Browns come up empty-handed after having the ball at the 1-yard line. Jarvis Landry outstretched the ball and lost possession, with the Browns recovering in the end zone. But because it was fourth down, the ball was placed where Landry lost possession. But Seattle had 12 men on the field, so instead of taking over, Cleveland got one more chance on fourth down. It appeared Nick Chubb was on his way in for a TD when the play was blown dead so Freddie Kitchens could challenge that Landry had, actually, crossed the plane. He lost the challenge, and the Seahawks stopped Chubb in the backfield on fourth down.
14:11 | Seahawks 25, Browns 20 Freddie Kitchens takes a gamble on fourth and 3, and it pays off. Baker Mayfield passes short to Dontrell Hilliard and K.J. Wright wraps him up right at the first-down marker. The officials bring out the chains and rule it a first down. Cleveland is driving in the red zone.
6:00 | Seahawks 25, Browns 20 It took all three downs and an extra chance thanks to a pass-interference penalty, but the Seahawks finally convert a red-zone chance into six points. Russell Wilson finds Jaron Brown for his second TD of the game to give Seattle a five-point lead. That’s 19 unanswered points for the Seahawks.
8:54 | Browns 20, Seahawks 18 Another Browns turnover — their third of day — as Ziggy Ansah punches the ball out and recovers it himself. Now, can the Seahawks convert it into points — a touchdown, even?
12:43 | Browns 20, Seahawks 18 The Seahawks had a chance to double dip, scoring entering the half and receiving the kickoff to open the third quarter. But Seattle goes quietly on its first possession of the second half. Myles Garrett’s second sack of the game pushes the Seahawks into a fourth and 18, and Michael Dickson punts 48 yards to the Browns’ 40.
Halftime thoughts from Bob Condotta:
- OK, so Seattle’s defense has officially reached the problematic point, even tough the Seahawks are down just 20-18. Two turnovers and a blocked punt were what was keeping Seattle in the game as the Browns had 302 yards in the first half. Seattle had little pass rush in the first sack going against a beat-up Browns offensive line that has allowed 16 sacks in the first five games. And there were again a few really critical missed tackles, notably by Bradley McDougald on Nick Chubb that led to a 52-yard game. The Seahawks have been rotating some at safety, using Lano Hill and Marquise Blair each for one series in place of Tedric Thompson. Seattle, though, got two interceptions that bailed out the Seahawks. One was simply a bad throw by Mayfield but the other was a really nice play by Shaquill Griffin — who may be having the best game of anyone on defense — when he broke up a pass intended for Jarvis Landry that led to a pick in the end zone by Tedric Thompson.
- Russell Wilson wasn’t playing a bad game early on. But it felt like he was just a little off — until suddenly he wasn’t. The last 88-yard TD drive was a work of art, as was Wilson’s throw to Jaron Brown for the TD on third down when the Browns brought the house. Wilson was hit as he threw but hit Brown right in stride for the TD that somewhat amazingly made it a 20-18 game at halftime. Wilson seemed hesitant on one throw early in the game in which he then took a sack and was off on a throw to C.J. Prosise on a third down in the second quarter. But he ended the half with Wilson-like numbers — 13-20 for 205 yards and one TD as well as rushing for another score from 16 yards out. And Wilson did not throw a pick while Mayfield had two — each in Seattle territory. Those two picks were pretty much the difference in the half.
1:28 | Browns 20, Seahawks 12 The Browns appeared to be methodically draining the clock as they approached the Seahawks’ doorstep with time winding down. Instead, Shaquill Griffin comes up with a huge play in the end zone, tipping a Baker Mayfield pass for Tedric Thompson to pick out of the air for an interception. Seattle takes over with a minute and a half left in the half (and receives the opening kickoff of the second half).
6:20 | Browns 20, Seahawks 12 Baker Mayfield throws it right into the hands of Tre Flowers and the second-year cornerback comes up with his first career interception. The Seahawks, however, aren’t able to turn it into points and Cleveland takes over at its 20-yard line after a Michael Dickson touchback.
7:25 | Browns 20, Seahawks 12 The Seahawks come up with a big blocked punt to get the ball at the Browns’ 20-yard line. Immediately they go backward as Russell Wilson is forced to slide for a seven-yard loss. Once again, they aren’t able to get into the end zone. Jason Myers comes on for a 20-yard field goal to make this a one-possession game.
10:46 | Browns 20, Seahawks 9 The Seahawks tack on three more points, but perhaps more importantly, they also appear to have lost tight end Will Dissly. He collapsed running a third-down route in the red zone and needed to be helped off the field. He lost much of last season to a right-knee injury. But it he appeared to injure his left leg here. Update: Dissly has been ruled OUT with a left Achilles injury.
14:54 | Browns 20, Seahawks 6 Missed tackles, blown coverage … we’re getting the full display of the Seahawks’ defensive deficiencies here in the first half. First, Nick Chubb finds a hole up the middle and goes 52 yards before a Seahawk is able to wrap him up. The next play, Ricky Seals-Jones finds himself wide open behind Seattle’s safeties and walks into the end zone for a 31-yard TD.
Three quick-hit impressions from Adam Jude after one quarter:
- Are you not entertained? Russell Wilson’s MVP campaign rolls along, as he completed 5 of 7 passes for 87 yards in the first quarter, with one drop by Malik Turner. Wilson also ran 16 yards untouched for the Seahawks’ first touchdown.
- A solid start for the Seahawks’ shuffled offensive line — save for one sack allowed late in the first quarter. That sack was Myles Garrett’s eighth of the season — he was going to be a problem no matter who was playing for Seattle — and it appeared to be more of a coverage sack on the Seahawks’ slow-developing play-action pass play. But so far, no glaring concerns with George Fans at left tackle or Jamarco Jones in his first NFL start (at right guard).
- Nick Chubb is impressive. You knew coming in Chubb was a handful, and he looks downright dangerous against the Seahawks. Already, he has 67 yards on just five carries, including a 52-yarder on the final play of the first quarter. Chubb’s 7-yard TD run early was set up by Dontrell Hilliard’s 74-yard return on the game’s opening kickoff — and the the Seahawks special teams continue to mystify.
4:42 | Browns 14, Seahawks 6 We may have a shootout on our hands. Just as Russell Wilson did a drive ago, Baker Mayfield takes off running and does it himself to extend the Browns lead. Mayfield is already responsible for 72 yards from scrimmage; Wilson has 71.
8:52 | Browns 7, Seahawks 6 DK Metcalf sets up a Seahawks score by muscling his way for a 30-yard gain. A few plays later, Russell Wilson scrambles 16 yards and walks into the end zone to answer the Browns. But Jason Myers misses the point after.
13:01 | Browns 7, Seahawks 0 The Seahawks are still waking up. Dontrell Hilliard takes the opening kickoff 74 yards, setting up an easy score. Nick Chubb bounces outside from the 7-yard line to get the Browns on the board first.
8:46 a.m. Seattle will indeed have to go with a remade offensive line for Sunday’s game at Cleveland as starting left tackle Duane Brown and right guard D.J. Fluker are each inactive due to injury.
Brown has a biceps injury and the game will snap a streak of 30 straight starts for Brown since he was acquired by the Seahawks in 2017. Fluker has a hamstring injury.
It is expected that Jamarco Jones will again fill in for Fluker at right guard, as he did for all but the first two series of a win over the Rams a week ago Thursday.
George Fant is expected to step in for Brown at left tackle.
Also inactive for Seattle is running back Rashaad Penny, who continues to be bothered by a hamstring injury. Penny missed two games earlier this season with the same injury.
Also inactive are receivers Gary Jennings and John Ursua, defensive back Akeem King and defensive end Branden Jackson, who was dealing with a neck injury earlier in the week.
Jackson being inactive means first-round pick L.J. Collier is active and will likely play significantly today.
Also active is rookie safety Marquise Blair, who had been inactive the past two games. — Bob Condotta