CLEVELAND, Ohio — It’s an excellent factor Browns coach Kevin Stefanski isn’t the thought police like he stated final week, as a result of his gamers are immediately considering — and tweeting — mighty massive.
Myles Garrett and plenty of of his Browns teammates took to Twitter to trace at an AFC North crown after the Steelers had been upset, 23-17, Monday by Washington to fall to 11-1.
The Steelers are actually simply two video games forward of the 9-3 Browns with the two groups assembly in Cleveland in the season finale Jan. 3.
Out of the blue, the Browns are fascinated with the division title as an alternative of preventing for considered one of the three AFC wild-card spots.
Jarvis Landry and others weighed in after Alex Smith outdueled Ben Roethlisberger.
The Browns misplaced 38-7 to the Steelers on Oct. 18, however the Steelers, in the midst of three video games in 12 days due to COVID-19 rescheduling, snuck previous a virus-ravaged Ravens crew 19-14 on Wednesday.
The sloppy efficiency in opposition to Baltimore had Mike Tomlin saying afterward, “It was actually junior varsity to be sincere with you.’’
Requested to elucidate their poor pink-zone show, Tomlin stated “us sucking.”
In the meantime, the Browns have gained 4 straight together with Sunday’s 41-35 victory over the now 8-4 Titans that made them legit in the eyes of the NFL.
Presently the high seed for considered one of the three wild-card spots, the Browns now apparently have their eyeballs — emojis and all — on a much bigger prize.
For many of this season, the Browns have adhered to Kevin Stefanski’s mantra of taking it one sport at a time.
“We’re 9-3,’’ Garrett stated after Sunday’s sport. “That’s about pretty much as good as I can put it. Must take it one week at a time. That’s the document proper now, and we’re simply hoping to be 1-0 after subsequent Monday. Simply do our greatest to arrange and get forward on the subsequent crew preparation clever, movie-examine clever and doing what we will to know what they’ll do.”
He added “we have the guys to get after (Ravens QB) Lamar (Jackson) if he’s again.”
That season finale in Cleveland may very well be for the division crown relying on how the subsequent few weeks go.
The Steelers end: at Buffalo (8-3), at Cincinnati (2-9-1), vs. Indianapolis (8-4) and at Cleveland (9-3).
The Browns end: vs. the Ravens (6-5), at the Jets (0-12) at the Giants (5-7) and at dwelling vs. the Steelers.
The Ravens host the Cowboys tomorrow evening earlier than they arrive to city for the Monday Evening Soccer sport on Dec. 14.
Stefanski’s ‘I’m not the thought police’ comment got here in response to receiver KhaDarel Hodge saying the Titans weren’t ‘a brilliant crew’ and will ‘be beat like anyone else.’ He additionally stated he believes the Browns ‘can go deep into the playoffs’ and that solely the Browns can cease themselves.
Now, Hodge has some firm in speaking playoffs.
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