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Deshaun Watson returned from suspension on Sunday for the Cleveland Browns and looked like a quarterback that had not played in nearly two years.
Fortunately for the Browns, they were playing the league’s worst team and still won by a convincing 27-14 margin to improve to 5-7 on the season.
While that score might look impressive for the Browns and their offense, do not let that fool you into thinking this game was something it was not. The offense — and Watson in particular — were bad.
Watson finished the day just 12-for-22 passing for 131 yards, zero touchdowns, and an interception in the end zone.
Cleveland’s offensive possessions ended with the following results: Punt, fumble, interception, safety, punt, punt, end of half, punt, punt, field goal, punt, field goal, end of game.
Outside of two field goals, all of Cleveland’s scoring on Sunday came from its defense and special teams. Donovan Peoples-Jones returned a punt 75 yards for their first touchdown of the game, while the Browns defense added two touchdowns on an interception return and a fumble,
That sort of thing is not going to happen every week, and they are not going to get to face a one-win Houston team every week, either. There is still a long way to go.
Aside from the negative public perception that comes from acquiring Watson given all of the accusations and civil lawsuits for sexual misconduct against him, there is a real question of what his career is going to look like on the field after missing nearly two years of football. It should have been expected that there would be some early struggles, and on Sunday, there were.
He and the Browns just happened to have the right opponent.