Browns vs Chiefs. Every week I write about this, it is still hard to believe. Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns are still in the playoffs, hanging around after a shellacking of the Pittsburgh Steelers. This team hadn’t been in the playoffs since 2002 and they had not won a playoff game since the Bill Belichick playing days.
This team is still sticking around and ready for another game, but this one is going to be difficult. They will take on the Kansas City Chiefs, also known as the best team in the National Football League. The Chiefs are coming off of a first-round bye, one that we are sure Andy Reid took to get his team rested and prepared while also gameplanning for this upcoming game.
We watched the Chiefs put up massive numbers over the entire regular season on offense and now that they had a week to refresh and get ready, that offense should be running like a well-oiled machine heading into this one. We have seen how good Patrick Mahomes has been at Arrowhead Stadium in the playoffs. He is 4-1 when playing on his home turf and that could easily improve to 5-1 when he takes on a Browns defense that just allowed over 500 passing yards to Big Ben last week.
“There was anticipation, obviously, to who we would play,” Reid said. It ended up being the last game of the evening, of the two days, so we had a little bit of a wait to find out. Then, once you get that, we’re going, so you don’t have much time to think about anything else other than that. So, I would tell you I don’t feel any different than I did last year at this time. I’m just trying to make sure that all our focus is on the Browns.”
The Browns are going to need to pace themselves on offense if they want to stay in this game. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt went off in a big way last week. Those two combined for 124 yards and two touchdowns on the ground last week. When the Browns run the ball well, there is a lot of success to be had for those two teams. The Chiefs rank 20th against the run which should be a good advantage for the Chiefs and Kareem Hunt is looking forward to some revenge against his former team.
“Next week personal,” Hunt said, referring to the Chiefs. “Next week personal. Let’s go.”
Browns vs Chiefs Players to Watch For:
Cleveland Browns, Kareem Hunt: For the reason listed above, this could be a huge game for Hunt that is fairly personal to him. He needs to set the tone running the ball so that it can open up the game plan for Kevin Stefanksi and the Browns.
Kansas City Chiefs, Tyreek Hill: This is going to be a shootout and there is no doubt about it. If Hill can get downfield and stretch the yardage, the Chiefs are going to abuse a Browns defense that ranks 25th against the pass.
Browns vs Chiefs Prediction:
Browns 24 Chiefs 35
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com