For the Cleveland Browns, this season is seen as a make-or-break period, with fans eagerly anticipating whether the team will make it to the playoffs. While the odds may be slightly against them, there are four reasons why the Browns could be a lucky team and secure a playoff spot in the AFC:
Possession of Nick Chubb: Nick Chubb is widely regarded as a top-three running back in the league. His impressive records from last year demonstrate his exceptional talent and productivity. Chubb had fewer rushing yards than Derrick Henry, but achieved this with significantly fewer attempts. He also had fewer fumbles, more explosive runs, and forced more missed tackles than Henry. Chubb’s selflessness and team-oriented approach make him a valuable asset for the Browns.
Offensive Line Strength: The Browns boast a strong offensive line, which is crucial for a running back like Chubb. The team is returning all five offensive linemen from last season, and Pro Football Focus (PFF) has ranked the Browns’ offensive line as the second-best in the league. Continuity and the addition of depth through the draft contribute to the line’s strength and stability.
Deshaun Watson as a Top Quarterback: Deshaun Watson, though facing off-field challenges, is recognized as a talented and top-tier quarterback. If he can regain his form, he has the potential to be among the top quarterbacks in the league. Watson’s return to peak performance would greatly enhance the Browns’ offensive capabilities, potentially making them a top-five unit.
Underrated Elijah Moore: The Browns made significant moves in the offseason, acquiring players like Zadarius Smith and Elijah Moore. Moore, previously with the Jets, is an underrated receiver who has the potential to excel in the league. Pairing him with ascending players like Donovan Peoples-Jones and Amari Cooper, along with the athleticism of David Njoku, adds depth and versatility to the Browns’ receiving corps.
While the competition in the AFC is strong, these factors provide hope for Browns fans and increase the team’s chances of making it to the playoffs.