Cleveland Browns: 5 Cardinals to watch in Week 15

 

The Cleveland Browns travel out to the desert to face the Arizona Cardinals with their playoff hopes hanging by a thread. We highlight five Cardinals to watch for in this Sunday's matchup.

The Cleveland Browns are heading out west for a late Sunday afternoon showdown with the Arizona Cardinals. The Browns come into the game-winning four out of their last five games but haven’t won a road game since beating the Baltimore Ravens in week 4. This is a chance to gain some confidence by coming together as a team and getting an elusive road victory.

The Cleveland Browns are proof that winning, in fact, does not cure everything. The games themselves haven’t been as touch and go as the week leading up to the games have been as of late. Whether it’s about a t-shirt, Odell Beckham's injury, or his ability to see the future the media seems bound and determined to create division amongst the team.

A road trip out west might be just what the Browns need right now. It will allow the Browns to get away from the noise for a little while and give them the opportunity to come together as a cohesive group to focus on the task at hand.

It’s not like there isn’t plenty of football storylines going into this game versus the Cardinals. At the top of the list, you have the last two number one overall picks in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray starting at quarterback facing each other.

To add even more depth, Mayfield and Murray are both Heisman winners as well as ex-teammates. It will be the first time in NFL history that two Heisman winning ex-teammate quarterbacks have started opposite each other.

But that isn’t the only Mayfield facing the Cardinals storyline. Cardinals’ head coach Kliff Kingsbury coached Mayfield his freshman year when they were at Texas Tech. Even though Mayfield started the season, as a true freshman walk-on, after being injured he was told he wasn’t going to be offered a scholarship. It was Kingsbury's decision to go in another direction. While neither Mayfield or Kingsbury have publicly spoken ill of each other or the situation, both men certainly have additional motivation going into this week 15 matchup.

The Cardinals have struggled this season, but with a first-year quarterback and a head coach that is to be expected. This young Cardinals team has talent in spots but haven’t been able to put it together with consistency. Now we take a look at five Arizona Cardinals to watch for in Sunday’s game.

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