New England has ruled the NFL with an iron fist for nearly two decades. In the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era they managed to capture nine AFC titles and six Super Bowls. This past year, I dubbed Tom Brady the “Thanos” of the NFL, due to the six rings that he has garnered just like the six infinity stones “Thanos” retrieved in the movie Avengers: Infinity Wars.
So with that said, what team could put an end to the Patriots’ reign?
The Cleveland Browns are a team that many could look at and think, there is no possible way that a team that went winless two seasons ago could conquer the most dominant franchise in NFL History. These are not your normal doormat Browns. This team is arguably the most talented team in the league.
The Browns have an offense that has a lot of fire power. The team found their franchise QB in Baker Mayfield. John Dorsey has managed to trade for Jarvis Landry, Kareem Hunt, Damarious Randall, Olivier Vernon and the icing on the cake in Odell Beckham, Jr.
Cleveland is no longer the laughing-stock of the league.
The Browns have the talent across the board to compete with New England; it will come down to whether or not the Browns can gel as a unit to take down the mighty Pats. The Browns do have a rookie head coach in Freddie Kitchens and a new defensive coordinator in Steve Wilks. Kitchens took the Browns offense to new heights in the second-half of last season. Wilks has a great track record of coaching teams that finish in the top-10 in total defense.
So how exactly will the Browns do the unthinkable?
Well, a QB with the stones and the bravado to lead this franchise in Baker Mayfield. If the Browns offense comes out and shows the NFL world what they’re capable of, they’re going to be one of very few teams that are going to be able to keep up. The offense has more talent than the Patriots and the defense can be scary, especially in the front-seven with guys like Myles Garrett, Olivier Vernon, Sheldon Richardson and Larry Ogunjobi. The Browns also have the potential of having two shut-down corners in Denzel Ward and rookie Greedy Williams.
When Tom Brady has lost in the postseason, it usually was due to a disruptive pass-rush like the Giants, Eagles and Broncos had in the past.
The Browns will get a crack at the Patriots in Foxboro Week 8 as a measuring stick-type of game. If they can stay healthy and be able to come together as a team quick enough – this team will be a force. The Browns will beat the Patriots in the postseason.
Let this also sink in…who was the last team the Browns beat in the postseason?