Gear up, Cleveland.
The Cleveland Browns are in postseason competition.
The Cleveland Browns sit in a decent position with a 5-3 record at the bye week.
Realistically, the Browns can win 10 games, which would likely guarantee their first playoff berth since 2002.
The Browns have the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets left on the schedule, and we would like to think the team could win those games.
In order to get the remaining three wins, these three wins are a must-win for the team.
1. Browns vs. Texans (Week 10)
This has the making of Baker Mayfield vs. Joe Burrow 3.0.
In the last matchup, the Browns were able to uphold the Bengals 37-34 in a shootout, that featured a game-winning touchdown throw to Donovan Peoples-Jones.
With Deshaun Watson visiting, the Houston Texans quarterback could tear this defense apart.
However, the Texans defense is one of the worst in the league, allowing more than 30 points in five of their first seven games.
The Steelers were right there in the mix, but came up short by scoring just 28 points.
Worst defenses in YPC to RBs:
29. Panthers (4.9) – lost DT Short
30. Dolphins (5.1)
31. Bengals (5.1) – lost DT Reader, DE Dunlap
32. Texans (5.7) – lost LB McKinney
Houston is seriously allowing 0.6 more yards per carry than the second worst rushing defense.
— Hayden Winks🧢 (@HaydenWinks) October 29, 2020
This could be huge for the Browns because Nick Chubb is scheduled to return after the bye week.
The Browns could get back to the dynamic duo of Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
The Texans are also 1-6, so this is a critical game over a bad team the Browns need to win.
2. Browns vs. Eagles (Week 11)
Right after the Texans, the Browns take on the NFC East division leaders.
Take that division leader with a grain of salt because the Eagles are pretty bad.
NFC East standings:
1.Philadelphia – 3-4-1
2.Washington – 2-5
3.Dallas – 2-6
4.GIANTS – 1-7
Next up for the Giants: at Washington, vs. Philadelphia
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) November 3, 2020
When the Eagles took on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, it showcased the atrocity that is the NFC East.
Myles Garrett should have a field day getting to Carson Wentz.
The Eagles own no rushing game and have no real threat at wide receiver.
The Eagles will be better at defense as cornerback Darius Slay is expected to be fully healthy after Week 9, but either way, this defense is not a threat.
3. Browns Vs Giants (Week 15)
The New York Giants could very well be the NFC East leaders by then if they go on a two-game win streak.
However, at 1-7 the Giants are the most unrealistic team to go on any type of winning steak, but the Giants can’t be upset by this team.
Compared to the Jaguars and Jets, the Giants have actually played in some close contests this year.
Take a look at some of these losses:
- Steelers 26, Giants 16
- Bears 17, Giants 13
- Rams 17, Giants 9
- Cowboys 37, Giants 34
- Eagles 22, Giants 21
- Buccaneers 25, Giants 23
The Giants are potentially one year away from development and one decent offseason to put this team back into contention.
With games like the Titans, Ravens, and Steelers left on the schedule, the Browns need to win the easy games.
Granted, this may not be considered an “easy” game, especially if you watched this past Monday Night Football, but it’s a winnable game the Browns need to win.
Plus, it would finish off the perfect 4-0 record against the dismal NFC East.