Cleveland’s coaching change didn’t do enough to change the Browns losing ways. Cleveland had a tall order with the powerful Chiefs serving as their opponent.
But while quarterback Baker Mayfield saw positive signs form the Browns in defeat, at least one prominent member of his offense disagreed. Jarvis Landry is on record as tired of losing and unhappy with the trajectory of the Cleveland franchise.
Can interim head coach Gregg Williams keep the crew together and build a winning environment in the second half? Or is Landry echoing the vibe from a locker room ready to mail it in?
Things aren’t any easier with former coach Hue Jackson’s assertions that he could have turned the team around if he did things his own way from the start. For those wondering why a head coach wouldn’t do things his way, especially when he didn’t have an offensive coordinator for his first two seasons, well… you are not alone.
Things are brighter in Atlanta after they took it to the surprising Washington Redskins and pulled their record to even at 4-4. That might not sound like much, but after a 1-4 start, the Falcons find themselves within sight of the second NFC wild-card slot.
Julio Jones’ first touchdown catch of the season highlighted the Falcons’ win. The entire team congratulated their selfless leader as the fans in Washington cheered respectfully.
Injuries and notes
Atlanta is finally getting healthier and their improved defensive play against Washington showed the results.
Kicker Matt Bryant remains a game-time decision with a hamstring injury. Cornerback Robert Alford is the only other name on the injury list, marked as questionable for Sunday.
Cleveland’s defense is banged up with three defensive backs and a pair of linebackers listed as questionable. Denzel Ward and Joe Schobert lead the list. Gregg was optimistic everyone would be available for Sunday’s contest.
Gregg is leaving the offense in the hands of Freddie Kitchens. Kitchens reintroduced fans to Duke Johnson and had Mayfield running a more traditional offense last week. If Gregg can keep the defense playing at a high level, there are few teams outside of Kansas City who will put more than 21 points on the board.
Dan Quinn is not ready to relax at 4-4. Atlanta made it a priority to get into the playoffs with a shot at appearing in the Atlanta-hosted Super Bowl. He will have his team ready for the Browns who have talent better than their record indicates.
How to watch the Browns-Falcons game
Fox Sports will broadcast this game to their local markets in the early time slot Sunday. Many Browns and Falcons fans will watch it on Sling TV.
Sling TV will send the original FOX broadcast to practically any internet connected device without requiring special equipment or a costly contract.
Sling, along with DirecTV Now and Fubo TV let you watch live stream NFL action and tons of other entertainment venues for just a fraction of the cost of cable and satellite providers.
You could take advantage of a free trial period to see what Sling, Fubo, or DirecTV Now offer in your neighborhood. You quickly understand why internet TV is such a big deal.
Who will win the Browns-Falcons game?
Cleveland’s two wins and their tie all came in front of their adoring home fans. Last week looked bleak but not much bleaker than what other teams experienced against the powerful Chiefs.
Atlanta is breathing a sigh of relief after getting back to .500. If they rest on their laurels too long, they are ripe for a letdown against a lesser opponent. But with an eye on playoff contention, Dan Quinn should keep his team on their game.