2. Will they be healthy enough for the playoffs?
At 7-4, the Browns still have the inside track to the postseason. They also still have a fighting chance of winning the AFC North but they’ll need some help there. Instead, their focus needs to be on taking care of business and locking up a Wild Card spot.
The only issue will be their health. Cleveland has been extremely unlucky this year when it comes to injuries. Jack Conklin, Nick Chubb, Deshaun Watson, and Jed Wills are all on the IR. They were also without Denzel Ward and Anthony Walker in Week 12.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Myles Garrett, Amari Cooper, and Dorian Thompson-Robinson were all hurt during the loss to Denver. Garrett’s injury has to be the most concerning since he’s by far the best player on this roster right now — but all can be significant for their playoff chances.
Cleveland has done an excellent job fighting through the injuries and this could help them down the road. It’s hard to win in the NFL but they’ve suddenly been getting it done primarily with backups. As much as that can help in 2024 and beyond, it still leaves them with some serious concerns this year as they approach the postseason.