Cleveland Browns: They Could Be Favored to Win the AFC North
The NFL season is almost here. We just have about four months to go. It was a great NFL Draft just a couple weeks ago in Cleveland, Ohio…home of the Cleveland Browns. Over the next four months we will all start to make our predictions on how each of the teams’ record will turn out. The question is will the same teams be back in the playoff picture or Super Bowl?
Last year we saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns end their long playoff droughts. They both went on the road and won their respective games. The Buccaneers had a game that was tougher that many thought when they defeated the Washington Football Team. For the Browns it was beating their division rival the Pittsburgh Steelers. This was not excepted because the Browns had players and their head coach on the Covid-19 list. Are the Cleveland Browns the favorite to win the AFC North?
As I look at right now and hopefully no COVID issues or injuries the only threat I see to them not winning the AFC North would be the Baltimore Ravens. The Cleveland Browns did not win either game they play against the Ravens in 2020. The Ravens have Lamar Jackson which is tough for many defenses. The other two teams are the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals.
The Steelers brought back Ben Roethlisberger as their quarterback and as his skills diminish what will the Pittsburgh offense look like. The Bengals biggest question is the health of their quarterback Joe Burrow. Burrow suffered a season ending ACL/MCL tear in 2020. If the Browns with a full healthy roster and full off season workouts should be the favorite. This was a team that nearly beat the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs with not the whole team available.
Changes in Cleveland
This is the first time I can remember in quite a while the Cleveland Browns not having any off the field issues. What I mean is no new head coach or contract issues with key players. It seems finally that they have the right head coach in place. Kevin Stefanski won coach of the year in 2020. The team looked good down the stretch and with beating a rival in the first round of the playoffs was icing on the cake.
It helps the team morale when they can just focus on the great game of football. They have the team that won a year ago and can in 2021. I also believe that making the playoffs will want the Browns to get back there as soon as possible. Also say they were only two wins away from winning the teams’ first Super Bowl.
With the draft the Cleveland Browns had a good draft beefing up both sides of the ball. The first two picks were both defense. They picked CB Greg Newsome II in round one and in round two they chose LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. Newsome is out of Northwestern University and Owusu-Koramoah is out of Notre Dame. I got see Owusu-Koramoah while the Irish played the USF Bulls. They helped out Baker Mayfield by adding some offensive lineman and wide receivers. A team can never have enough offensive lineman. As they say if you can keep your quarterback uniform clean it will lead to wins.
New Team in Town
In the end The Cleveland Browns have the team to win the AFC North. If they can avoid any major injuries to key players they should have no problem. Last year they played and won a playoff game with players on the Covid list. This is good that they have no off the field issues and that they ended their long playoff drought in 2020.
The Browns finally have the head coach they is leading them in the right direction. Cleveland is a hungry team as they were just two short wins away from winning the team’s first Super Bowl title. They made good decisions in the draft to bolster the roster. If they can win one or both games against the Baltimore Ravens they should be able to win their division. The Browns need to make sure they take care of business versus the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals.
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