2. 4-1 Record
That being said, if Stefanski is tasked with an offensive shootout, he's suddenly in a much better position to counter thanks to Joe Flacco.
The former Super Bowl champ has stepped in and immediately transformed this passing attack from possible weakness into strength. He's racked up 1,616 passing yards and 13 touchdowns in just five starts, performing as one of the league's best QBs during the biggest stretch of the year.
That's led to an incredible 4-1 record with Flacco at the helm, and all four wins saw the gunslinger surpass 300 passing yards.
It's mightily clear Flacco gives this team the best chance it's had to win all season. Cleveland previously schemed around its prior backups' weaknesses, which sometimes led to minisucle passing plays. With Flacco under center, Stefanski's been more than happy to let him air it out, which has resulted in four outings of 42 (or more) attempts through the air.
The sudden arrival of a strong passing game has made this unit stronger as a whole. The threat of beating defenses over the top only helps open things up for the running back corps, which remains productive even without Nick Chubb.
Flacco Fever has taken over Cleveland, and for good reason. He's provided an experienced hand who can not only produce but also lead a team as it aspires to reach the mountaintop.
Flacco's already done it once, and he could do it again -- this time for his former rival, no less.