5 Bold predictions for Cleveland Browns in Week 6

Nick Chubb, Browns. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
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The Cleveland Browns (2-3) host the New England Patriots (2-3) in Week 6 of the 2022 NFL Season. Here are five bold predictions for this showdown.

There’s no team that puts its fanbase through a rollercoaster of emotions the way the Cleveland Browns can. 2022 has been another season of confusion as it’s impossible to know what to expect week in and week out.

They’re sitting at 2-3 but it’s not crazy to think they could just as easily be 5-0. They had the Jets defeated before an epic meltdown, lost to the Falcons by just three after a pick on their final drive ended their hope, and then missed a 54-yard field goal in Week 5 to lose to the Chargers by two.

Now, they head into Week 6 ready to face another 2-3 team, the New England Patriots. It’s a rematch from last season when the Pats won 45-7 but this game should be much closer. Here we dive into the game with five bold predictions.

5 Bold predictions for Cleveland Browns in Week 6

Browns, Jacoby Brissett. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports /

5. Brissett converts two fourth-down sneaks

The attacks on Kevin Stefanski’s play-calling are really not accurate. Does he make some calls that he would want to take back, absolutely, but as is often the case in the NFL, he would have looked brilliant on every one of them had they worked.

Overall, he’s doing a great job as the Browns, led by journeyman backup Jacoby Brissett, boast one of the most efficient offenses in the NFL. That shouldn’t change in Week 6 but this first bold prediction is calling for something to be different. Or maybe, back to the norm.

It can be true that Stefanski is both a good play-caller and also made a bad call. One inaccurate pass doesn’t mean Tom Brady suddenly isn’t the GOAT. On Sunday, the call Stefanski would likely want a re-do on was when he elected to go to Kareem Hunt on fourth-and-one, leading to a four-yard loss.

What he should have called was the quarterback sneak, which has been the specialty of Brissett this year. Stefanski was clearly trying to catch the Chargers cheating on the sneak, and again, would have looked brilliant if Hunt got to the edge and ripped off a huge gain.

This week, don’t expect the Browns to get cute. Instead, they continue to get aggressive and dare New England to stop Brissett — their former backup quarterback who they know well. This prediction is they can’t slow him down and the 240-pounder converts two fourth-down attempts with his famous sneak up the middle.