The Cleveland Browns (2-3) look to get back to winning ways against the New England Patriots (2-3) on Sunday. The Patriots coming off a shutout win over the Detroit Lions 29-0. The Patriots are hoping to get back QB Mac Jones whose sprained ankle has kept him out of game action the last two weeks. The Browns coming off another close loss to the LA Chargers look to win a critical game before they play two division opponents in Baltimore and Cincinnati. Here are my keys to victory.
Look, the offense is actually playing well. At least for the first 57 minutes of games. Jacoby Brissett has made 3 terrible decisions in five games. Honestly. Brissett hasn’t played badly. That said, his bad has come at the wrong time. The Browns have lost three games by a combined total of 6 points. The offense is averaging 26.6 points in the five games. Nick Chubb is leading the league in rushing yards and touchdowns. Amari Cooper is playing at an elite level for Wideouts. David Njoku has really come on strong the last few weeks. Outside of, literally three, bad decisions by Brissett, the offense has been humming and playing extremely well.
If only the defense can put a complete game together. In the beginning of the year, a big deal was made of the defensive backs and the miscommunication. Well now, the DB’S have played well, but… the front 7 can’t stop the run. Through five games the defense has been wildly inconsistent and just downright bad at times. The defense, which going into the season, everyone was excited about, has been very uninspiring thus far.
Overall, I think this a winnable game. The Patriots are not really a good team and if the Browns are getting an opportunity to go against a rookie QB in Bailey Zappe, this should be a win. The Browns will have advantages on both sides of the ball. The Browns are the better team. The issue is, will they actually show up and play a complete game? We will see. I have the Browns winning this game 24-16.
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