While the Cleveland Browns (hopefully) took care of the Philadelphia Eagles business in week 11, there are some other games that are worth paying attention to in the AFC derby after the season. The Browns are joking with several other teams for these valuable playoff spots, something Cleveland hasn’t experienced in nearly 20 years.
Here’s what to look for in the dashboard updates throughout the game on Sunday as you watch the 6-3 Browns 3-5-1 Eagles beat.
Titans from Tennessee in the Baltimore Ravens
This is huge for browns. Both Baltimore and Tennessee are 6-3, which means that the loser here is behind the Browns. The Titans have dropped three of four since starting 5-0. The Ravens have lost two of three and this could be a trap for the hosts; Baltimore travel to Pittsburgh on Thursday to play Steelers first in what could be the hottest rival game of the year.
The Browns still got a break in the Ravens again in week 1
Miami Dolphins in the Denver Broncos
Broncos stick to a 3-6 life, but their vitality can drastically help browns. Miami has won five times in a row and is playing a great defense under coach Brian Flores. At 6-3, Miami is tied with the Browns, but has conference tiebreakers. A win in Denver, promising a loss to the AFC in Miami, would be a huge break for Cleveland.
New England Patriots in Houston Texas
Houston is 2-8 and beat Jacksonville only in 2020, but they can still influence the Browns. The Patriots are 4-5 years old and want to climb into the combination again. Houston could both hamper the Patriot’s progress and also give the Browns a nice little boom in terms of AFC schedule, as the Browns have held head to head over the Texans since week 10.
Chiefs of Kansas City at the Las Vegas Raiders
On Sunday night, two teams play over the Browns in the standings. The better result for Cleveland is for the Chiefs to bomb the Raiders and bring the hosts down 6-4. The Raiders really won the first match between these two teams. It’s hard to see 8-1 Kansas City fall out of one of the first two seeds in the AFC, so a landslide victory that hangs some negative points on the Raiders’ AFC differential is the best possible way to deploy this one.
Green Bay Packers in the Indianapolis Colts
Green Bay is 7-2 and controls NFC North and they have a chance to help the Browns by knocking 6-3 Colts down. Overall, the NFC teams that beat the AFC teams are always good for the Browns and their jockey after the season. Since the browns have their heads up to the Colt, it’s not the worst thing if Indianapolis wins in case of a tiebreak by two teams.