For the first time since 2007, the Browns have a 10 win season. One step closer to clinching their first playoff appearance since 2002. The beauty of it is that the team itself is looking like a playoff team.
How can you tell?
The Browns are playing like it.
In their third primetime appearance of the season and second in back-to-back weeks, the Browns relied on a balance running and passing attack to put the Giants to sleep in a 20-6 win. This is also the second time this season the defense has showed up and held an opponent to less than 10 points which is something they are going to do more of going into the playoffs.
Although this was a slow-paced game. The Browns controlled the pace and the game the entire time after the Giants scored the first points of the game via a field goal. Browns QB Baker Mayfield would find tight end Austin Hooper for a two-yard TD pass to take the lead at 7-3 in the second quarter. Mayfield would later find receiver Jarvis Landry for another two-yard TD pass before half time.
In the fourth quarter, Browns RB Nick Chubb would score on a one-yard TD run to give the Browns a 20-3 lead. The Giants would tack on another field goal, but that’s about all the Giants could muster as the Browns defense would seal the game at the end.
For the Browns, Baker Mayfield would finish the game 27/32 for 297 yards and two TDs, plus a staggering 126 rating. Browns RBs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt would also add a combined 71 yards and one td (Chubb).
The Browns are one step closer to clinching a playoff spot and remain in the top wild-card spot after this win and can secure that spot if they can continue the trend and beat the New York paper planes (Jets) next week. The Jets finally got their first win beating the L.A. Scrams (rams) 23-20.
FINAL PREDICTION: The Browns are out for blood. Expect that green plane to get shot down viciously. BROWNS CLINCH WHILE THE PLANE GOES UP IN SMOKE. 32-12 BROWNS!!