Week 8 Score Predictions: Can Cleveland Browns save season vs. Patriots?
Writer: Justice Sunderland
Game: Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots
Summary: The Browns are returning from their bye week and the second half of the season is crucial for them. They sit at 2-4 and second place in the division when just a couple of weeks ago they were in first place.
That level of desperation will be met by their opponents this week as the Patriots always seem to play like their lives depended on it. Especially early this season as they have steamrolled every team they’ve faced.
They haven’t played the toughest schedule though, they’ve played the New York Jets twice and the Washington Redskins, New York Giants and Miami Dolphins which are three of the worst teams in football. That does not change how impressive New England has been this season.
They rank in the top ten in total offense and have the top defense in terms of yards allowed. Their defense is deep in the front seven led by Dante Hightower Kyle Van Noy who has been great this season.
Cleveland will have to find a way to run the ball on that front seven because the passing game has not been good this season and that is unlikely to change against a Bill Belichick coached team who is notorious for confusing young quarterbacks.
The Browns are also overmatched in the coaching department, a six-time Super Bowl winner against a rookie coach and play-caller. But that is the perfect set up for the Browns to come in and sneak out a win.
They will have to do two things to have a chance, run the ball and put pressure on Tom Brady. They have to get Nick Chubb rolling in the running game to keep Brady on the sidelines and to force the Patriots defense to come up thus opening it up for guys like Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr.
Tom Brady is not what he has been in recent years, which is to be expected because he is a 42-year-old man. But if you give him time in the pocket he will tear up apart.
This will be a big game for Cleveland’s defensive line and Myles Garrett, if they can put Brady on the ground the Browns will have a chance to win this game.
Prediction: New England Patriots 22, Cleveland Browns 14