A Handful of Reasons the Cleveland Browns Can Win
Well it was another dismal performance by the Browns last week – especially in the second half. Nonetheless, they must dust themselves off and travel to Kansas City to face a ferocious team on a long winning streak. A victory for the visiting team appears extremely unlikely, but perhaps they can make it close if the team is able to accomplish multiple tasks. Let’s review what it could possibly take for the Browns to get another victory.
1 – Manziel to the Next Level
Can the signal caller continue to not only elevate his play, but get the most from the guys around him? I have my doubts (especially with the drops last week) but nothing in the NFL surprises me. In order to travel west and steal out a win – the guy under center must get the most from his targets as well as the athletes running the ball. If the Browns’ defense can feed off any offensive energy, then that would be icing on the cake.
2 – Being Smart with the Football
The Chiefs are ranked in the top ten in defensive takeaways this campaign (and that continued against Baltimore last game). The orange and brown must prevent that unit from increasing their ranking. The defense can ill afford to be put into difficult situations on the road and asked to surrender as few points as possible. If Manziel can eliminate mental lapses and maintain the ball all game long, then there could be a shot that the Browns score the upset.
3 – Struggling Opposition on Offense
Since last season, the Chiefs’ offense has improved greatly (largely with the addition of Jeremy Maclin and the subtraction of Dwayne Bowe) – but they are not as electric as the Patriots or Steelers. Therefore, if the Browns’ defenders can limit their opponent from hitting long gainers and finding the end zone – then this will likely be a close outcome. Alex Smith continues to be a threat running; so that is an added task that Jim O’Neil will have to game plan against. Charcandrick West is clearly the key of their offense however.
4 – Another Possible Trap
Like last contest, the Browns will be facing a very good and confident bunch at their home stadium. Once again, the guests will be taken lightly – but will it be to an extent where the Chiefs may believe a less than total effort can still produce a victory? I am hoping that mentality will can occur, but knowing Andy Reid he will have his guys ready to play. Maybe getting an early lead can cause the Chiefs to let their guard down – paving the way for the Browns to have another gigantic comeback on the road.
5 – Focus on Making Plays
Johnny Manziel is a talented quarterback who can improvise in order to move the chains. However, getting four or five yards at a time will likely not cut it on Sunday. He must hit Gary Barndige or Travis Benjamin on a deep route for a score. If Isaiah Crowell could bust multiple long rushes, then that could fluster the opposing coaching staff. Taking them out of their original game plan is vital for Browns – hopefully they can execute.
Conclusion: I felt that this could be a winnable game for the Browns for some time now. A fair amount would have to go right, but there is no reason why they cannot be in a close contest. They must force the Chiefs to make the big mistake in crunch time, but I do not envision that occurring.