3 Reasons the Cleveland Browns will beat the Kansas City Chiefs

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The Cleveland Browns will beat the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday

The Cleveland Browns overcame all odds and adversity thrown against them in the Wild Card Round and defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers. They face another tough test this coming Sunday when they battle the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs.

While the odds are against them again, the Browns should feel really good and more prepared for this week’s matchup, as they get their head coach back in Kevin Stefanski, who had to miss last week’s game due to Covid-19.

They also get back several key players, who had to miss last week’s game, which happened to be the first Browns playoff game in nearly 20 years, due to Covid-19 exposure and contact tracing. Cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Kevin Johnson will return in the Divisional Round matchup, as will safety Ronnie Harrison. All three will be much-needed reinforcements for a Browns defense going against one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL in the Kansas City Chiefs.

Most everyone has written off the Cleveland Browns in this matchup, but most everyone did the same thing last week, when the Browns were unable to practice all week, before traveling to Cleveland and upsetting the AFC’s No. 2 seed.

The Browns will pull off an even bigger upset on Sunday should they win against the Chiefs. Here are three reasons why the Browns will shock the world and make it to the AFC Championship Game.

3. Bulletin board material

The Cleveland Browns are the underdogs entering Sunday’s matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs, and deservedly so. The Chiefs are the reigning Super Bowl champs, and while they have had their own share of issues this season in games, are still an incredibly tough team to beat. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes makes up for any deficiencies in their offense and can do it with just one flick of the wrist, turning the game on its heel.

While the Browns are the underdogs, they’ve seemed to thrive in that role this season. Whenever this year’s Browns team gets doubted, counted out, or dissed, it seems to light a fire underneath them, causing them to play better. A great example comes from last week’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers when wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster came out and said he wasn’t worried about the game against Cleveland, because “the Browns is the Browns.”

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Cleveland players took those words to heart, and played lights out, jumping out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter before ultimately winning 48-37, proving they are a different Browns team.

You’d think people would take notice of that elevated level of play due to a comment doubting your opponent, but Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins apparently didn’t get that memo. Watkins came out this week, saying that he wouldn’t say the Browns were really competition for his Chiefs team.

The Browns players have already taken notice of Sammy Watkins’ words and will be sure to come out and execute to prove him and the nation wrong once again. Giving the 2020 Browns team bulletin board material, especially coming off a confidence-building win just one week ago, is probably not a great idea. In the NFL, any team can beat any other team on any given day.

Cleveland will take this disregard for their team from Watkins and be sure it’s told to every player and coach at every practice leading up to Sunday afternoon’s matchup. Because of that, they’ll come away victorious and shock everyone, sending Sammy Watkins home from the playoffs early. But hey, maybe he and Chase Claypool can get together and start a podcast picking on the Browns with all their free time.