3 storylines to watch as Browns try and clip Ravens
No. 1: Can the Browns show heart and bounce back after Week 14 loss?
Last week seemed like the inevitable final blow to the Browns’ playoff chances, but until the percentage is at zero, then there is still a chance.
“So you’re telling me there’s a chance?”
Can Cleveland show some heart and take down the divisional foe that once kicked them out of the league entirely? While the Browns fell to the Bengals 23-10 in a game that appeared closer than the final score would indicate, there were glimpses of good littered throughout the game.
David Njoku, who returned from a knee injury, caught seven of his nine targets for 59 yards and the team’s lone touchdown. Donovan Peoples-Jones continued to make the most of his opportunities, gaining more familiarity and chemistry with Watson, as he had career-bests in targets (12 – caching eight of them) and yards (114), but failed to haul in a beautiful pass from Watson in the fourth quarter in the endzone.
DPJ said he wants to make every play, and Watson will keep giving him that opportunity. The more these two play together, the better off both and the team will be.
Can the defense get after Huntley? They did a good job of it against Burrow last week. The secondary, while not double-teaming Ja’Marr Chase, had a relatively solid game overall. The Ravens don’t have the receivers the Bengals do, so it should be another solid outing.
This team will need to show the heart and hunger to get up for this game and potentially make a run to the postseason dance, where all bets are off and anything can happen. If this team comes out flat, it could be bad news for head coach Kevin Stefanski. While he should not be on the hot seat until next year (regardless of what happens in the remaining four games), a heartless performance could speed things up.