4 impactful storylines heading into Cleveland Browns Week 11 matchup with Buffalo

Browns, Kevin Stefanski. Mandatory Credit: Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports
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The Cleveland Browns are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Dolphins. But there’s no time to lick their wounds and now it’s on to Buffalo. What are the biggest storylines heading into their Week 11 matchup with their Lake Erie brethren?

It turns out that it is not always darkest just before the dawn. In fact, for the Cleveland Browns, things could get a whole lot darker over the next two weeks. How the Browns approach Deshaun Watson’s return hangs in the balance and could alter the trajectory of the team’s offseason.

Unfortunately, after a performance like the one the Browns gave this past Sunday in Miami, there are way more questions than there are answers. Some of these questions could and should be answered as soon as this week in western New York. Without further ado, here are four impactful storylines to pay attention to when the Browns take on the Super Bowl favorite, Buffalo Bills.

Four massive  Browns storylines heading into Week 11

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No. 4: Does the team still believe in the message?

Whether you are a person working a nine-to-five job or a locker room full of players, losing wears on you. Coming out on the wrong side of an outcome, especially if it happens enough times, will make you question everything. It can make you question your process, your work ethic, and oftentimes your boss or leadership.

The Browns are entering the ‘rubber meets the road’ phase of the season where they have two options; stay bought into the message or tune out and just play out the string. Honestly, neither option is off the table nor should surprise you as things currently sit. After the boat racing that took place in Miami, one of two things can happen, either the Browns bounce back against Buffalo or they flat-out play dead.

The chances of Kevin Stefanski not being brought back for 2023 are extremely slim. However, if Stefanski completely loses the locker room things could get dark awfully early for the former NFL Coach of the Year. Tests don’t get much more difficult than traveling to Buffalo to take on a juggernaut Bills team that is coming off a loss.

Can Stefanski still get the team to buy into the message coming off a crushing defeat at the hands of the Dolphins? The answer will be in the team’s effort this Sunday in western New York.