1. The Browns show they can play with anyone
The Cleveland Browns have finally got one of the monkeys of their back, and that was an 84-game streak of playing with a losing record which dated back to December 14th of 2014. Now it’s time to get another one off our back and prove that they can play with any team in the NFL. In the past just when you think the team is getting somewhere, they go to the west coast and lay an egg vs. a good team.
Kevin Stefanski can begin to lay the foundation for his legacy with a strong performance in Dallas. They say there are no moral victories in the NFL, but for the Browns, there could be one this week. If Cleveland can go into Jerry World and take the Cowboys to the wire and the offense has another good showing, fans will (and should be) excited for what’s yet to come.
While 2-2 won’t be exactly what fans want, they did what they were expected in the first quarter of the season. They won the two games they should have, and lost the two they weren’t favored in.
What can’t happen is another meltdown like what happened in Baltimore. This would be an example of two steps forward with the back-to-back wins, and three steps back with a demoralizing loss.
Expect the Browns to keep this closer than the experts predict. The Cleveland defense will give up some yards and points, but Mayfield will be on top of his game and keep the Browns firing back. While the game will be close, two variables will depend on if the Browns get the win or now.
One – can they hold the Cowboys to at least two field goals in the red zone vs. a touchdown.
Two – can the Browns win the turnover battle. If they do both, I expect a victory on Sunday, and fans will begin to get excited for the Indianapolis Colts to come to Cleveland.