By Tom Wade – Founder & Creator of NFL Fans UK/Cleveland Browns Writer
The Cleveland Browns hit the road in Week 8 off the back of a much needed Bye Week as they head to the Gillette Stadium to take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Cleveland rolls into Foxborough off the back of what was a much needed Bye Week, and while the Browns haven’t gotten off to the start most would have expected them to at the beginning of the season, the same cannot be said for the red hot hosts who have gotten off to the perfect start to date.
With this in mind, the cards will be heavily stacked against the Browns in Week 8 but if like me you are always looking at the bright things in life, then you are in luck (well, sort of) as although they have only won just two of their six games this season, all of them have come on the road. So, if their is any way at all to kick start the (nearly) second half of the season and make a huge statement then a win over the current Super Bowl champions is exactly the way to go about it.
As mentioned, Cleveland didn’t feature in Week 7 but that’s not to say it wasn’t a significant week nonetheless as key players such as Cornerback’s Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams all hit the practice field and stepped up their returns to full health so much so they both have been declared good to go against the Pats.
So too is Quarterback Baker Mayfield, who despite suffering a Hip Injury during the first half of Cleveland’s Week 6 loss to the Seahawks has been participating in full practice all week. And according to Head Coach Freddie Kitchens, Mayfield is ready for the task ahead against New England. Talking after practice on Monday, Kitchens told the media that Baker looked good under centre during team scrimmage and “good to go”:
“I thought he looked good today,” Kitchens said. “Focused, concentrated, threw the ball well, moved around well. He is good to go.”
Perhaps less significant for now but only for another two games, the Browns also welcomed back Kareem Hunt to practice this week as he was cleared by the NFL to train with his teammates. The Running Back may be back with his team and finally healthy after recovering from a Sports Hernia Injury, but Browns fans will have to wait until Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills to see the Running Back make his highly anticipated debut.
As for the Patriots, they featured in Week 7 on Monday Night Football, where they secured their second opposition shutdown of the season by beating down the New York Jets 33-0.