The Browns are a team that is capable of playing an all-around good football game. They are very inexperienced on offense, but also very talented. They have rookie starters in QB Brandon Weeden, RB Trent Richardson and WR Josh Gordon, but these guy have proven they belong in the NFL and are capable of putting points on the board.
The Broncos just have to continue to play the way they have and they should have no problem, but this Sunday is no time to slack because the Browns can and will take advantage of any mistakes and/or lackadaisical play on Denver’s part.
The Broncos’ defense is led by second-year sensation Von Miller, who has 16 sacks and six forced fumbles on the season and if he gets after Weeden early and often then Denver will be fine. The Broncos will also need to contain Richardson, who has proven that, when healthy, he is tough to handle. Richardson has 306 touches for 1,250 total yards and 12 touchdowns this season and has shown that he is very versatile by hauling in 48 receptions out of the backfield.
As mentioned, there is a lot at stake for both teams, contrary to popular belief.
A Browns win will give them six in a season for the first time since 2007 and if they manage to win their last game as well and record seven wins that would be the first time since 2002. Those achievements would be a victory within the Browns’ organization and would give Cleveland hope that all these rookie starters can put together something special over the next five or six years.
A Broncos win would mean that they will be playing their last game for the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs, so if Denver wins its last two games, the Broncos will receive a first-round bye and home field advantage against anyone not named the Houston Texans.
The Broncos have a lot to lose and the Browns have a lot of pride to provide their fans, so neither team will lay down.
My prediction: Broncos 34, Browns 17
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