1. Browns have a winning record for first time since 2014
The date was December 14th, 2014, which is a normal date to most folks. But to the Cleveland Browns, that is the last date the team has been above 500. It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly six years since the Browns have had a winning record. Troy Aikman said it again Thursday night, the NFL is a better league when the Browns are good. The city and fans are the best in the league even with all the losing.
You may ask yourself are we getting ahead of ourselves celebrating being above 500 at only 2-1 in the season? For most teams, yes — for the Browns, absolutely not. Turning this organization around is going to take time, so it is important to celebrate every small accomplishment. In year one, GM Andrew Berry and Stefanski getting this team above 500 is huge moving forward.
Now, once the Browns beat the Washington Football team on Sunday, it is time to move on to the Dallas Cowboys to extend the winning streak, but for a few moments on Sunday afternoon, there will be a reason to celebrate.
I expect the offense to come out extremely strong once again and put up strong numbers. Expect Mayfield to eclipse 250 passing yards with two touchdowns and Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb will add an additional 175 rushing yards. Not only that, the most important stat line will be zero turnovers for the Browns.
While the offense is looking for two straight strong performances, the defense will be looking for their first good outing. With finally getting healthy, I expect that to happen. Wilson and Phillips will be a tremendous help at linebacker (especially in coverage), while the defensive backfield will also be greatly improved. I expect 3-4 sacks as well as a turnover by the defense in Week 3.
The recipe above will lead to a great 31-17 victory for the Cleveland Browns who will be 2-1 and have their first complete victory in 2020. Time to move to the Dallas Cowboys who will be a tough opponent in Week 4.