P.J. Walker’s 3 turnovers doom Browns in loss to Seahawks

Cleveland Browns quarterback PJ Walker (10) talks with head coach Kevin Stefanski, right, after half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

SEATTLE (AP) — P.J. Walker had a chance to put away a second straight road victory for the Browns. A completed pass would have given Cleveland a new set of downs with less than two minutes remaining.

When Walker’s pass deflected off the helmet of blitzing Seattle safety Jamal Adams, the Cleveland quarterback knew it was trouble.

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“The moment it got tipped in the air, I felt the bad feeling that it was going to be a pick or something like that,” Walker said.

The deflected interception was Walker’s third turnover of the Browns’ 24-20 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. Making his second start of the season with Deshaun Watson sidelined by a shoulder injury, Walker’s performance was filled with some big plays and big misses that added up to a frustrating result for the Browns.

After coming off the bench early and leading a late touchdown drive in a win at Indianapolis last week, Walker was stuck watching Geno Smith march Seattle down the field for a winning touchdown pass to Jaxon Smith-Njigba with 38 seconds left.

“It’s tough. Especially in a crucial moment in the game, having the lead with under three minutes left in the game, we got to find a way to get that first down by any means, whether it’s passing or running,” Walker said.

Walker was 15 of 31 for 248 yards. He quickly turned around what was a disastrous start for the Browns, who fell behind 14-0 less than 10 minutes into the game. For long stretches after Seattle took the early lead, Cleveland was by far the better team.

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