Cleveland Browns prediction No. 4: This team is playoff-bound
At the start of the season, the Browns were easily going to make the playoffs if you just went by the team that was listed on paper and from the numerous media outlets that predicted the team would certainly get to the playoffs like a year ago.
That big picture of the team has dwindled substantially over the last month as the team lost two games in a row, also lost to the Steelers last week while competing in the most competitive division in the NFL in the AFC North.
So maybe this isn’t the biggest bold prediction, but considering the circumstances over the last few weeks and the news of Odell Beckham flying the coop, then this possibility is still a stretch. It starts with winning one game on Sunday against the Bengals.
Honestly, the whole notion and universal idea out of Berea of “winning the week” hasn’t been heard at all as all these losses have piled up. Hopefully, Kevin Stefanski will get back to projecting that image to the team more. It certainly was a winning formula a year ago.
Cleveland Browns prediction No. 3: Donovan Peoples-Jones will reach 1,000 yards on the season
Now, this is a stretch but this is very doable if Donovan Peoples-Jones can stay healthy. There was a lot of excitement surrounding Peoples-Jones when he started the year as he had a nice training camp. Last season the young receiver only had 304 yards receiving on 14 catches.
This season he’s been targeted 15 times for 13 catches and 228 yards to this point. He’s been nursing a groin injury but should be back in the lineup Sunday. The two games prior to his injury he was averaging 85 yards in reception yards.
He’s a tall receiver and was really starting to make a good connection with Mayfield before the injury. He can stretch the defense with his speed and I fully expect Peoples-Jones to run the proper routes and get open downfield for the team.