Both the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers will begin the Christmas Day doubleheader.
The Browns are coming off a week in which they were decimated by Covid-19.
Meanwhile, the Packers are fresh off a NFC North title after defeating the Ravens.
Who will prevail?
Let’s take a look at our writer’s bold predictions for this Christmas day matchup.
Writer: Wendi Oliveros
Browns fans would be much more excited for the Week 16 Christmas Day Browns Vs. Packers game if the Browns had pulled out a win on Monday against the Raiders.
Now the Browns have no momentum, and the team’s playoff chances have gotten slimmer.
Then, there are the injuries and COVID positive cases that have hurt the team’s preparation.
This is not the way to roll into Lambeau Field and play arguably the best team in the NFC (and maybe the NFL).
I hate to be doom and gloom on Christmas, but this is not going to be much of a game.
Unless the Browns can call up a Christmas miracle, the Packers are going to lead this game from start to finish.
My Prediction: Packers 34, Browns 20
P.S. – If I end up getting this game prediction wrong, I will be thrilled!
Writer: Ben Donahue
Despite having over 20 players on the Covid restricted list last week, the Browns nearly came away with a win over Las Vegas.
This doesn’t bode well for the team as they travel to Green Bay for a Christmas day game.
The Packers are looking to tie up a number one seed for the playoffs and see the Browns as a wounded animal.
Even if Cleveland gets Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landy, and some of their defensive players back, the odds are still stacked against them.
Green Bay’s 14th ranked offense has scored 30 or more points in each of their last four games.
However, their 10th ranked defense has given up a plethora of points as well during that stretch.
Cleveland might be able to hang with the Packers for a bit, but I see the home team running away with it eventually.
My Prediction: Packers 33, Browns 17
Writer: Pat Opperman
Way back in August, I pegged the Christmas Day game in Green Bay as Baker Mayfield’s contract extension bid.
He would outduel Aaron Rodgers on national TV and almost force Andrew Berry to offer a big deal.
Well… nothing else has gone as expected, either.
Mayfield regressed to his 2019 self, with the body language of someone preoccupied with adversity.
And social media comments from teammates and family members indicate he’s not the only one distracted.
They can pull off an upset Saturday, but it would be a much bigger feat than I expected in the late summer.
And I am not nearly as confident Mayfield can rally the offense through a shootout.
Sorry, Cleveland… the Grinch wins this one.
My Prediction: Packers 35, Browns 20
Writer: Mark Bergin
The Browns are due to get back quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Jarvis Landry from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
They’ll need all the help they can get against the Packers, who have the NFL’s best record at 11-3.
The Browns (7-7) have scored less than 20 points in eight games.
While there were 18 Browns players who missed Monday’s game against the Raiders, Cleveland’s playoff chances depend on Saturday’s contest.
The Browns will play on four days rest because of last week’s postponement.
Aaron Rodgers is hot.
In the last four games, the Packers are 3-1 and Rodgers has thrown for 1,301 yards (325.5 yards per game), 13 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Plus, the Packers have scored more than 30 points in each of their past four games.
My Prediction: Packers 34, Browns 24