The Cleveland Browns entered this season with a ton of hype. Much more than in years past, as a matter of fact. This is unusual since the Browns are typically a hot garbage franchise.
"Vegas has good odds on the Browns winning the Super Bowl this season."
"The Browns are the favorites to win the AFC North."
You've even seen Baker Mayfield in numerous commercials. The hype was a given considering the Browns had acquired Odell Beckham Jr., Sheldon Richardson, and Kareem Hunt in the off-season. The hype was also a given considering Cleveland's strong finish from last season. However, a 43-13 beatdown at the hands of the Tennessee Titans may have fans feeling those old blues again.
Mayfield had a QBR of 24.8 and threw three interceptions in that game. Cleveland also had 19 first downs compared to Tennessee's 21. The game was actually close before the Titans rattled off 28 unanswered points to put the game out of reach.
Should Browns fans be worried? After the Monday night match-up at the Jets, the Browns will have five straight tough games. This stretch includes stints against the defending champions, New England Patriots, and the NFC champions, Los Angeles Rams. Luckily, the Browns have a forgiving second half schedule that includes match-ups against Miami and Arizona. If the Browns can steal at least one win against one of the contenders, the Browns should be in respectable shape heading towards the home stretch. Still, it's dependent on if Cleveland elevates their game against the NFL's heavyweights.
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