Cleveland Browns: 5 Bold Predictions against undefeated Cardinals
The Cleveland Browns have their work cut out for them in Week 6 as they take on the NFL’s only undefeated team, the Arizona Cardinals. Here are 5 bold predictions to watch for against the Cardinals.
Once again, the Cleveland Browns face a high-powered ultra-potent offense as they welcome the Arizona Cardinals to the shores of Lake Erie in Week 6. The Cardinals enter the late Sunday afternoon showdown boasting a league-best 5-0 record.
Both the Browns and the Cardinals have forged their identities on offense, but those identities could not be more polar opposites of each other. The Cardinals are playing big-shot air-raid football, and the Browns possess the most prolific ground game in the NFL. It is a battle of conflicting offensive philosophies and only one can emerge victorious.
Cleveland has shown they have what it takes to compete with any team in the league. However, Cleveland has yet to get over the hump and put an upper-echelon team away when it has been given the opportunity. If the Browns are going to give the 1972 Dolphins a chance to light their stogies, they are going to need several players to step up. Here are five bold predictions to watch for in this week six slugfest.
Cleveland Browns Bold Prediction No. 5: Red Zone Perfection
The Cleveland Browns have been one of the best offenses in the NFL between the 20-yard lines. Effectively moving the ball, at times at will, against every opponent they have faced this year. However, once inside of their opponents 20-yard line, they have stalled out all too often.
The Browns have only scored touchdowns on 58 percent of their red-zone trips so far in 2021. That figure puts them at 25th in the league in red-zone efficiency. In fact, the Browns have left the red zone on three separate occasions so far this season with no points at all due to failing to convert on fourth downs.
This week, Cleveland will get that corrected and will convert all of their red zone attempts into touchdowns — four touchdowns in fact. While it will be a change of pace from their first five weeks of the season, it will be a return to 2020’s normal. Last season, the Browns converted 73 percent of their trips to the red zone into touchdowns. That high touchdown conversion percentage was the fourth-best in the league.
If the Browns want a chance to make sure Arizona’s O has to go, then they can not leave points on the field. This week Cleveland trades field goals for touchdowns, ending their drives in the paint every time they enter the red zone.