With the Detroit Lions facing a week six road trip to face the Cleveland Browns, I got together with Pete Smith, editor of Dawg Pound Daily, for a quick Q&A.
1. After a couple wins, have the majority of Browns fans settled down about the Trent Richardson trade?
For the most part, yes, but there are still some holdovers that are still unhappy with the move and it is difficult to figure out the reason.
2. To what do you attribute the Browns surprising success and can they make a run in the AFC North?
The Browns play strong defense. It starts in the front seven. The Browns stop the run, put opponents in obvious passing situations and can get after the quarterback while covering enough. They have depth. They just keep coming with a strong rotation in the front seven.
Realistically, the ride is going to end sooner than later. Brian Hoyer was able to play well enough where the team could score enough points for the defense. Brandon Weeden was not as effective as Hoyer was, but he will have every opportunity to prove he can be. The problem is that while the Browns could end up 4-2 after this week, they follow this game up with the Packers, Chiefs in two of the most hostile places to play a road game and host the Ravens at home leading into the bye. It would hardly be a surprise if they ended up 4-5 at the break. Things get easier after the bye but it is just hard to imagine that this offense with all of its inconsistencies can maintain for the rest of the season.