Are the Browns just sh*te? And 6 other burning Week 4 questions

Week 4 here already. Where does the time go? Browns fans are wishing they could turn the clock back to the offseason, when they were going to the Super Bowl


Well, just to recap on the last week: Kyle Allen is Tom Brady; Daniel Jones is Kyle Allen – and the future is now.

Sort of.

Honestly, it might be the most intriguing week in the league’s recent history. For far too long, we’ve been relying on the likes of Eli, Big Ben and Philip Rivers – all in one draft, by the way – and now only one of them is going strong, and dear Phil’s offensive line is looking like putting him in a retirement home.

The new wave, minus Mason Rudolph, is looking mighty fine – but is this is a one-off or a take-off?

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – SEPTEMBER 16: Head coach Freddie Kitchens of the Cleveland Browns shakes hands with head coach Adam Gase of the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Browns defeated the Jets 23-3. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

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Are the Browns… sh*te?

I probably don’t need to expand on it a whole lot but hear me out.

They’ve got an All-Pro calibre edge rusher, a superstar corner, a solid slot corner, a good offensive line, one of the best receiving corps in the league, a standout tight end – and they’re 1-2?

Baker Mayfield has underperformed, but even away from that, you feel that their looming failure to make the playoffs is simply down to coaching more than it is down to the individual pros.

This week’s game at Baltimore defines their season.

CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 16: Khalil Mack #52 of the Chicago Bears completes a backward sack of Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers while being blocked by Jason Spriggs #78 at Soldier Field on December 16, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Green Bae?

The Packers are now an efficient model for the first time in Aaron Rodgers’ career. They simply don’t rely on him anymore.

And while this is evident through the lack of production from both he and Davante Adams, it’s also evident in their defensive prowess.

Jaire Alexander is a future All-Pro and he’s joined by the towering Kevin King on the opposite sideline.

They’re truly a balanced team – and nobody really knows how to stop them.

DENVER, CO – AUGUST 29: Head coach Vic Fangio of the Denver Broncos works along the sideline during a preseason National Football League game against the Arizona Cardinals at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on August 29, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Is Vic Fangio under pressure?

Forget that the Broncos are 0-3. The key issue here is that Fangio was brought in to make this the best defence in the NFL and through three weeks, they’ve yet to record a sack or an interception.

If his remit truly was the above, then where do you draw the line? The worst teams in the NFL have done at least one, if not both of these things and Denver have spent a fortune out of their cap on that defence.

Time for a rethink?

Do we have a Battle of the Bills?

The Bills are 3-0 and we’re all a bit dumbstruck by this revelation.

The Patriots have a joint-leader atop the AFC East through three weeks for the first time in about a decade. Now, we’re not suggesting they’ll win – far from it – but it will show just how far away they truly are.

Even the Jets must be wishing for a Bills win at this point.

A Potential NFC Conference Championship Matchup?

The Saints and the Cowboys have looked electric so far.

It’s very much in play that they could face off in the Conference Championship game come January, so this could well be the game that both teams are watching over and over again in preparation for the second biggest game in football.

And with Brees back by then, maybe the Saints have a sneaky advantage long-term, as Brees’ pre-snap alterations will be hidden out of plain sight.

PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 22: Ben Roethlisberger #7 speaks with head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers before the start of the game against the Chicago Bears at Heinz Field on September 22, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Do the Steelers need to tank?

They’ve just got Minkah Fitzpatrick for their first-round pick, so they obviously think he’s either a generational talent or that they’re close to a Super Bowl.

I hope for their sake that it’s the former.

But there are not too many holes in their roster, bar the big chance that Ben retires after this year, and their bad start combined with an inexperienced signal-caller could give them an easy excuse to pick up Roethlisberger’s successor.

Jake Fromm would be easily attainable with an early second-round pick and he has the traits to slot right into that Pittsburgh lineup.

It’s feasible.

Can the Dolphins cover the spread?

Come on, now.

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What do you think?