Week 9: Kansas City
On paper, the second half of the season looks more daunting than the first half. The Chiefs bring Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill into Cleveland. But they also have a second-year quarterback playing essentially his rookie season. Will the Browns be able to rattle him? I think the Chiefs have a bit too much offense and leave Cleveland with the win.
Week 10: Atlanta
Another team loaded with a lot of weapons will stretch this defense. There is one game every year that teams typically win when they are expected to lose. Unfortunately for the Browns, this is not one of those games. Another week of too much offense and the Falcons win, dropping the Browns to 4-6.
Week 12: @ Cincinnati
I would imagine that with three losses in a row, a 4-6 record, and having a bye week before this game, the cries for Baker Mayfield will be reaching a crescendo. This brewing quarterback controversy makes a tasty backdrop for the first Battle of Ohio for the year. I’m not riding the Bengals hype train. They seem to be looking to get younger but yet are not. That’s never a good mix for a team to find its identity. The Browns dig deep and come out of Cincy with a victory. Browns win!
Week 13: @ Houston
The ghosts of drafts past keep popping up as the Browns go into Houston to face Desean Watson and the Texans. Watson looks to be one of the breakout stars in the league and if the Texans can avoid the injury bug, they could be a very dangerous team. The Browns come off an emotional win in Cincinnati, a bit flat and they lose to Houston leaving their record heading into the fourth quarter of the season at 5-7.