The Thoughts From The Bench Madden League is one of the most competitive connected franchise modes among Xbox One players around the world. Actually probably just the 7 or 8 of us that are part of it.. We all love it though, and wouldn’t want to be a part of any other league. This year I am the General Manager of the Cleveland Browns, and I hoped to have a great season, but here we are sitting at a lovely 1-3. I figured it’d be entertaining for everyone to follow me on this lovely journey, so I decided to create this blog series called “Knock Hards”. 

*Due to Covid-19 weeks 1 through 3 were not able to be documented (Mainly cause I just thought of the idea now). Fast forward to Week 4 against the Baltimore Ravens, managed by CJR1688.* 

The Browns vs Ravens is always an exciting matchup, and the Browns had high hopes heading into the game. They started off strong going down the field and scoring a touchdown on their first drive.

Cleveland Browns score a touchdown on their first drive of the game

However, the fun quickly ended as the Ravens offense threw a deep bomb for a touchdown on their first offensive play of the game..Not the start the Browns defense hoped for at all. The Browns put up a good fight in the first quarter and some of the second half as the score was once 13-10 Ravens. However as the game went on the Browns found themselves in a deeper hole. In fact, at half time the score was 37-10 Ravens. 

At the start of the second half the Browns still hung on to some hope, however starting quarterback Baker Mayfield was quickly pulled out of the game after throwing his fourth interception of the game. Baker was replaced by Knock Hards star, Nathan Peterman. Peterman’s second play of the game was a beautiful sack in which he fumbled the ball, and pretty sure the Ravens returned it for a touchdown. Peterman enjoyed his playing time though, and that’s all that matters.

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The Browns struggles continued throughout the game, as there were missed tackles, dropped passes, another interception, and even a missed extra point. The team hit a new low allowing the Ravens offense to put up 541 total yards against them, and Lamar Jackson threw four touchdown passes.

After losing 80-22 the Browns fell to 1-3, and sit in the bottom of the AFC North. The Browns look to get back on the right track against the San Francisco 49ers (1-2) in Week 5. The question is, will Baker Mayfield rebound from this tough performance?