With seven games left in the NFL season, the Browns still have teams like the Eagles and Giants that they can’t afford to look past.
Cleveland is coming off a slim victory over the Houston Texans, leaving them with a respectable 6-3 record so far this season. With seven games left to play, the Browns still face challenges and don’t have room to breathe for the most part. They need to have their game face on for every match up coming their way, not just the challenges.
There are plenty of challenges left for Cleveland, at that. They will be taking on the Tennessee Titans in 3 weeks and the Baltimore Ravens the week following. Both of those teams sit at 6-3 as well and could offer two losses to the seemingly wish-washy Browns. But what Cleveland really needs to focus on is not giving up wins to teams that haven’t been performing up to the task.
Those two teams are the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants. The Eagles and Giants sit at 3-5-1 and 3-7, respectively. The Eagles currently lead the NFC East, shockingly, and haven’t played up to snuff for a team that won the 2018 Super Bowl. They have the possibility to bring a loss the way of the Browns, but I wouldn’t count on it.
The real sleeper threat is the Giants. I know what you’re thinking, how can a 3-7 team possibly match up against a ready Cleveland team? Well honestly, the Browns barely squeaked out a win against the Texans on Nov. 15, and the Giants aren’t exactly pushovers. Over half the games they’ve lost have been by a 4-point margin or less, including a 1-point loss to the eagles and a 2-point loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Needless to say, if the Browns overlook the Giants, they could find themselves on the wrong side of a loss against the ready New York team. The Cleveland Browns are on a path to provide Browns fans with their first winning season since 2007 and in order to keep that up, they cannot overlook any teams in this second half of the season.