Know your Enemy: Interview with Dawg Pound Daily

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Oct 13, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) is chased by Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (51) during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

 

4. Talk about Barkevious Mingo and his rookie year thus far.

MR: Barkevious has had a really strong rookie year thus far. He was thrust into the starting role early in the season when starter Jabaal Sheard went down with an injury, and stepped in and played really well. He has shown exactly why the Browns used their first round pick on him. Very explosive, with a great first move he has gotten some pressure on the quarterback and disrupted the play of the offense a bunch this year. In eight games this year he has three assists and four sacks.

 

5. Do you believe in the Browns’ chances of winning the AFC North?

MR: If you asked me this question the week Trent Richardson was traded I would have laughed. If you asked me this question again after quarterback Brian Hoyer was inserted as the starter and jump started this offense to win three straight, I would have said I think we might have a shot. The week after Hoyer went down and the Browns went back to Brandon Weeden, I would have resorted back to laughing at that question.

Now, sitting 4-5 in the division, coming off a huge win against the Ravens, Jason Campbell playing good football, the defense playing lights out, I would have to say, yes, I really believe the Browns have a chance at winning the AFC North division. It all starts this Sunday against the Bengals. If they go in and take the second game from Cincinnati, then it becomes a real strong possibility that the Browns win their first AFC North crown since 1989.

 

6. Prediction for Sunday?

MR: It will be another tough knock-down drag-out AFC North battle that I believe will come down to who wants it bad enough in the fourth quarter. Listening to the Browns talk coming from the locker room, they understand how important this game is to not only them, but to the city of Cleveland. If Campbell manages the game like he has, and the defense continues their stellar play I think the Browns leave Cincinnati with the win.

 

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