Cleveland Browns: 3 Matchups to watch vs. Cardinals
The Cleveland Browns are not eliminated from playoff contention and can get their record back to even this week. To do that they will have to beat the struggling Arizona Cardinals.
It seems like every time the Cleveland Browns win a game they do something to make you feel like they lost. Last week it continued as Baker Mayfield called out the training staff while trying to defend Odell Beckham, Jr.
Through all of the off-field drama this team still isn’t eliminated from the playoffs, all they can do now is win and hope for other teams to lose. They face the Arizona Cardinals who are trending down right now after showing some promise earlier in the year.
This is a good matchup for Cleveland in a variety of areas but they haven’t been very good on the road this year, 2-4. They have shown the ability to beat bad teams on the road like the New York Jets and lose to bad teams on the road like the Denver Broncos.
Meanwhile, Arizona has lost six games in a row following a three-game winning streak. Their offensive line hasn’t been able to protect rookie quarterback Kyler Murray and their defense hasn’t been able to stop anybody.
They will be picking high in the draft and don’t really have much to play for and arguably neither do the Browns because their playoff chances are so slim. But Cleveland could be playing for their coaches job and there is still a chance for them to sneak into the postseason.
There are a couple of matchups on both sides of the ball that Cleveland will have to exploit if they want to win. Their defense has been carrying them but that has a chance to change in this game.