Cleveland Browns: 5 bold predictions against Tampa Bay in Week 12

Browns, Jacoby Brissett. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports
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Cleveland Browns, Jacoby Brissett
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3. Jacoby Brissett will finish his QB stint with his best game

If you had said the Browns were 3-7 on the season with career backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett under center that probably wouldn’t be shocking news. We were all expecting a rough period of football as the team tried to navigate its way to Week 13 when it’s expected that Deshaun Watson returns.

But to suggest that Brissett is the main reason why the team has a poor record wouldn’t be giving Brissett the credit he deserves. He’s had one of the best seasons in his seven-year career. He’s thrown for 2,398 yards that include 11 touchdowns.

His 64.4 percent completion rate is his career-best as is his 239.8 yards per game. Last week, he threw for 324 yards and threw three touchdowns. He’s also shown some excellent mobility. He’s mustard up 211 yards on the ground including two touchdown runs. In the game against the Buffalo Bills, he had one scamper that went for 22 yards.

Brissett has certainly done his part with an offense that is averaging 24 points a game. If the Browns defense and special team units would have been better this season, then that win total would have likely been different.

With Watson now plugged in to go in Week 13, look for Brissett to leave it all out there on the field Sunday. He has nothing to lose at this point as he likely auditions for the backup role for next season with a different NFL team. Cleveland may consider bringing him back, but he’ll likely look to get a bigger paycheck somewhere else.