Week 16 – Cleveland Browns at New York Jets – TBD
Coming into the 2019 season, the Cleveland Browns were viewed as one of the most promising teams in the league. Many fans and experts picked the Browns to not only with the AFC North but even to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. Quite a jump from a team that won eight total games in three combined seasons leading up to that.
To say that they fell short of expectations is an understatement. After going 7-8-1 in 2018, the Browns digressed, falling to 6-10. What concerned the fans the most about this regression, was the step backward Baker Mayfield took in his development. In 2018, John Dorsey started to look like a genius choosing Mayfield over the likes of Lamar Jackson, Sam Darnold, and Josh Allen. After 2019, it looked like the same old Browns again.
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This year, the Browns are under new control with general manager Andrew Berry. The team also parted ways shortly after week 17 with Head Coach Freddie Kitchens. They then hired Kevin Stefanski to assume the reigns. Other notable offseason moves include additions of Jack Conklin, Austin Hooper, Andrew Sendejo, Kevin Johnson, and Adrian Clayborn. Cleveland also drafted offensive tackle Jedrick Wills jr. and safety Grant Delpit.
Over the last two seasons, the Browns have been able to take it to the New York Jets. In 2018, it was a 17-14 come from behind win in Mayfield’s debut. In 2019, it was a 23-3 victory at MetLife with a Darnold-less Jets. Mayfield and Darnold will forever be linked together as the first two quarterbacks taken in the 2018 class. On paper, both quarterbacks have their best teams surrounding them.