Cleveland Browns starting to command respect

Cleveland Browns. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
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The Cleveland Browns stuck it to Pittsburgh on their turf

The Cleveland Browns won big on Sunday in Pittsburgh. However, they still have to fight through adversity going up against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Many around the NFL don’t think the Browns can do it. The Steelers receivers are still talking smack, still can’t admit defeat, against practice squad cornerbacks.

Even after the loss, Chase Claypool had plenty to say, claiming the Browns had no chance this coming weekend against the Chiefs.

JuJu Smith-Schuster also said doesn’t regret what he said, calling the Cleveland Browns “Nameless grey faces.” These guys just don’t get it. Take your lumps and enjoy watching football from your couch gentlemen, there’s always next year.

Anyway, how unlikely is it for the Cleveland Browns to win against Kansas City? Is it really expected to be a blow out? The Steelers defense has the better front seven. Excuse me, had, the better front seven, but the Chiefs have the better secondary.

What that tells me is you should feed Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt their fill and then let Baker do what Baker does, become the touchdown maker. This offense can put up points on the Chiefs’ defense. The real question will be if the Cleveland Browns defense can make a couple of stops throughout the night to let the offense fight to give them a lead.

Allowing this offense to play their game will be huge against the Chiefs. Panicking and forcing the pass without establishing your best weapons in Chubb and Hunt would be devastating for the Cleveland Browns. Kevin Stefanski knows that and hasn’t given me any reason as a fan to worry about this offense.

Just think for a minute what this defense could be with Denzel Ward healthy at corner and Myles Garrett rushing the edge. They’ve even seen improvement from some of their linebackers including Sione Takitaki and B.J. Goodson. This defense has come together but will need to be at their very best if they hope to keep up with the Chiefs’ offense.

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Ladies and gentlemen, this is playoff football. This Cleveland team and this coaching staff have been superstars for this underrated band of men who are commanding respect.