4. Cleveland Browns offense can keep Mahomes off field
Patrick Mahomes is the preeminent playmaker in the game. The Chiefs are going to score and despite the advantages the Browns have, Cleveland must limit KC’s number of possessions.
Fortunately, the Browns have the type of offense that’s capable of keeping Mahomes on the sideline.
Under Stefanski, Browns fans have seen how the unit can be explosive, capable of putting up points against anyone, but the offense can also switch gears, sustaining long, time consuming drives.
ESPN’s Marcus Spears talked about the Browns’ style and how it might impact the Chiefs.
"“…They can bleed you with (running backs) Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, and the screen game and the quick passing game from Baker and getting the ball in these guys’ hands. The Browns are more suited to put together 12-, 13-play drives because of the way that they play football and the way (coach Kevin) Stefanski values being in third-and-short situations.”"
Don’t confuse the long drives with low scoring, though. I expect Stefanski to put his foot on the gas. He knows it: You want to be the Mahomes and the Chiefs, you better score.
Ideally, the Browns would get an early lead and then put together these time consuming drives.