NFL fans appear to believe the league is helping to rig the outcome of games for the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have won two close contests without their starting quarterback, Deshaun Watson, playing a major role in the game.
Per Andrew Moore with Sports Illustrated, the officials pretty much walked the Browns in for their game-winning touchdown drive with two bad calls:
“The Colts were up 38-33 with 47 seconds remaining. The Browns had driven the ball to the Colts’ 13-yard line and faced a third-and-four. Browns’ quarterback P.J. Walker was sacked by E.J. Speed, who forced a fumble on the play recovered by DeForest Buckner. The game looked all but over.
Suddenly, a late flag was thrown from the secondary. Illegal contact by Darrell Baker Jr. on Amari Cooper, giving the Browns a first down. Looking at the replay, the penalty is questionable at best, especially when you look at the true definition of the foul…
We’re not done, either. On the next play, Walker throws a pass out of the back of the end zone, clearly an uncatchable ball. Not to these officials, who call defensive pass interference on Baker as he was in coverage on Donovan Peoples-Jones. The ball is then placed at the 1-yard line….”
The Browns would go on to score a touchdown and win the game. They’re now 4-2 after beating the San Francisco 49ers and the Colts in back-to-back weeks. 49ers fans feel the officials robbed them in the Browns victory in Week 6.
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NFL Fans accuse the league of fixing the ending for the Browns
Fans took to social media to vent after the game. Many fans think the NFL rigged the outcome in favor of the Browns. After all, a win for the Colts doesn’t excite the league, with rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson out for the year. And there is interest in a good Browns team being led by a healthy Watson later in the season.
Here are the best takes of fans accusing the league of putting in the fix.
Can’t believe the NFL is so biased and rigged towards the Cleveland Browns
Can’t think of a franchise who gets more handed to them than that one
— Relle (@__Relle__) October 24, 2023
If you think the nfl rigged anything for the Cleveland Browns I got a bridge in Brooklyn for sale.
— Steve Savan (@stevesavan) October 23, 2023
Never thought a game would ever be rigged for the Cleveland Browns, much less back to back games https://t.co/QU4DFRfy5h
— Ham 🐷🇺🇲✝️🦌🧀🍺 (@hammy__dude) October 22, 2023
— Black Dan Le Batard (@BlackLeBatard) October 22, 2023
Refs just cheated so hard for the Cleveland Browns. Colts won this game a long time ago. Shawn Smith is a joke as a referee. You're going to tell me he was not paid off to make that uncatchable pass a pass interference call? #shawnsmith #colts
— Mellowshiptofreemars (@subliminalchen) October 22, 2023
Just watched some of the San Francisco 49ers-Cleveland Browns game.
All the earmarks of a FIXED game.
Don't throw your money away on sports betting–it's a rigged game and not in your favor! pic.twitter.com/tjm8Hx0sI3
— FLKracker 🍊🇺🇸🏴☠️🇩🇪🇳🇴🇮🇸🇫🇮🇸🇪🇩🇰🌴⚔️ (@FlKracker) October 15, 2023
— AR_08 (@ft_98765) October 22, 2023
Refs have decided to gift the Cleveland Browns this win at whatever cost necessary
— John Crumpler (@JohnHCrumpler) October 22, 2023
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