Cleveland Browns vs. Cardinals: Predicting the potential Oklahoma-style shootout
Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray won back-to-back Heisman Trophies for the Oklahoma Sooners but now meet in the NFL as the Cardinals host the Cleveland Browns
With three games left to play in the 2019 NFL Season, the Cleveland Browns find themselves in a position to land their first winning campaign since the days of Derek Anderson and Braylon Edwards.
Back in 2007, with a rookie left tackle by the name of Joe Thomas just starting out his impressive career, the Browns went 10-6. As fate would have it, they missed out on the playoffs as every team in the conference decided to win a ton of games that season.
Since then, Cleveland has struggled to find some consistency. They still don’t have that as they entered 2019 with a rookie head coach — who has been under a lot of fire. The talent on this team suggests they should be better than 6-7 but the play-calling at times makes it seem as though they’re lucky to be that close to a .500 record.
Nonetheless, we enter Week 15 with the Browns needing just three wins to go to 9-7 and they have already notched wins against two of their final three opponents this year.
Back in Week 4, they played their best game of the season as they scored a 40-25 win over the Baltimore Ravens, who they will play in Week 16. Last week, the won 27-19 over the Cincinnati Bengals who they face again in Week 17.
Before worrying about those games, Cleveland needs to take care of business against Baker Mayfield‘s former teammate Kyler Murray — who followed up Baker’s Heisman Trophy season at Oklahoma with one of his own. There’s also Kliff Kingsbury on the Arizona sideline who has his own ties to Mayfield as he was his coach when the signal-caller was at Texas Tech — and there wasn’t much love lost when he left for the Sooners.
With all this being said, there could be an Oklahoma-style shootout as the past two No. 1 overall picks duel it out in Week 15. Here we have several members of the DPD crew giving their take on how that game could go down.