AFC North Stock Report: Week 4
The Browns’ stock report is looking good. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports
Cleveland Browns (1-2): Stock Up?
So the Browns have had quite the season thus far. They went to Pittsburgh and got down big only to claw their way to a near win if not for a last second field goal by Shaun Suisham. Then they went on to beat the New Orleans Saints at home in another nail biter, which saw their own kicker, Billy Cundiff, convert a last second field goal of his own to give the Browns the surprising win. The Browns stayed at home to play the Ravens in Week 3 and lost yet a third down-to-the-wire game that saw Justin Tucker beat the Browns at the buzzer with another field goal.
Having lost their most recent game at home and versus a divisional opponent, one would think their stock would be down, but this isn’t necessarily the case. In the next three weeks, this team will play at Tennessee, vs Pittsburgh, and at Jacksonville; three very winnable games. If not for a couple of last second field goals, this team could be tied atop the AFC North currently. The Browns rely on a strong youthful backfield to carry their offense and will be getting veteran runner Ben Tate back soon.
It takes pressure off quarterback Brian Hoyer allowing him to play to his strengths. The Browns also possess a talented defense that could get better as they gel across the season. Also playing in their favor is the multiple injuries both the Steelers and Ravens have suffered this week. These injuries may allow the Browns to make up some ground in the division if the Steelers or Ravens struggle. The Browns’ stock is clearly up.
Week Four Schedule: Bye Week