Here we are, Week 9 has arrived at that means a week of rest for the Browns. Coming into the bye, the Browns sit at third place in the AFC North with a record of 5-3. So far, the season seems to be going well enough for the team that came in with lofty expectations. What exactly is there to look forward to?
Winning Games and Playoff Push?
The team is poised for a small win streak coming out of the bye week, playing teams such as the Texans, Eagles, Jaguars and Titans over the next four weeks. There’s the game against the Baltimore Ravens that always ends up being a toss-up that holds major playoff implications for the Browns. The last three weeks, at New York for both the Giants and the Jets in back to back weeks, which should very easily be wins based off how these teams have played so far, and then the Steelers at home for the season finale. If the Steelers continue doing their thing and secure the top seed in the AFC, that could end up being the division win that pushes the Browns into the playoffs. This Cleveland team could very realistically end up 10-6 or 12-4 on the year.
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Myles Garrett DPOY Campaign
Myles Lorenz Garrett has been an absolute monster this year. He was very limited in the Browns last outing against the Raiders due to injuries but he should be back to full strength against the Texans.
Garrett’s numbers compared to the rest of the league:
- Sacks: 9.0 (T-1st)
- Forced Fumbles: 4 (T-1st)
- QB Hits: 13 (T-4th)
- Fumbles Recovered: 2 (T-5th) (T-2nd among non offensive players)
- QB Pressures: 21 (7th)
- Tackles For Loss: 9 (T-8th)
If Garrett can come back from his injuries and keep producing at the rate he has been, watch out league, he’s arrived.
Andrew Berry’s lack of moves at the trade deadline was disheartening to say the least. As the obvious third best team in your division, at this point at least, that can actually compete in the playoffs with a few pieces you have to make a move, Berry didn’t. David Njoku wants out and frankly, there’s no reason to keep him on the roster since he adds nothing to the offense. As for the defense and it’s abysmal secondary, it’s still there! Congratulations Browns, you will continue to get torched by very average receiving threats such as James Washington, Marcus Johnson, Willie Snead IV and even Dalton Schultz or Drew Sample! Andrew Sendejo should have been replaced at the deadline but it didn’t happen. The Browns should look for safety and corner help in both the draft and in free agency maybe go after Shaun Wade or Paulson Adebo for the outside, or look to Richard LeCounte III or Paris Ford as high safety. Maybe look towards players in free agency such as Anthony Harris, Justin Simmons or Brian Poole. There needs to be change in the secondary if this team wants any shot at a Lombardi.
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