Three games that will decide the Cleveland Browns playoff fate
Week 8: Cleveland Browns @ New England Patriots
This is possibly the hardest game on the schedule. The Patriots haven’t lost more than seven games since 2000. Tom Brady is 115-19 at home. Yes, you read that right. That’s about an 85.8 win percentage at home.
The Patriots may be on the back end of their incredible dynasty, but don’t count them out till Brady takes off the pads and coach Bill Belichick takes off the headset. The Patriots have proven time and time again that they can replace essential pieces of their team with under the radar guys and guys everyone has called busts, or have called washed.
On paper, the Browns roster is probably better than the Patriots. However, talent doesn’t win football games in the NFL consistently. To win in the NFL consistently you have to have great coaching and great schemes. Freddie Kitchens is going to have to cook up his best schematics and most dangerous trick plays for this game if he wants to walk in Foxborough and get the win.
The Browns goal this year should not only be to win the AFC North, but to win the AFC outright. Only a few teams are in contention for that this year, and one of them is definitely the Patriots. A win in Foxborough would not only be great for the record but might also be a win that seals the team a bye week come playoffs time.
If the Browns want to show the NFL that they are contenders for the Super Bowl this season and not just pretenders, then there is no better way to do so than walk into Foxborough and beat Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.