Coming off their bye week, the 2-4 Cleveland Browns need to get hot almost immediately to have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs. Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry thinks that's exactly what they'll do, starting this Sunday in New England.
Thursday afternoon, Landry predicted that the Browns will upset the 7-0 Patriots Sunday afternoon:
Landry, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, later said that his intention wasn't to guarantee anything, but to say the the team was heading to Foxborough with the intention of winning the game.
Despite adding Odell Beckham Jr. to an offense that already included Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, David Njoku and Landry, the Browns have just the 21st ranked offense through the first seven weeks of the season. Chubb has been excellent, as he's rushed for 5.3 yards-per-carry. But Mayfield leads the NFL with 11 interceptions. Many thought Njoku would become one of the game's elite tight ends in 2019, but he hasn't played since breaking his wrist in Week 2.
There is something to be said for how difficult the Browns schedule has been in 2019. The combined record of the teams that they've already played is 24-16. As their schedule softens up, they may find more success.
That said, their schedule certainly does soften in Week 8. And while Tom Brady is the most accomplished player in NFL history, it's been the Patriots defense that's led them to a 7-0 start. The No. 1 overall defense in the NFL already has two shutouts, and is holding opponents to under seven points per game.
Sure, there's something to be said for being confident. There's also something to be said for keeping the confidence behind closed doors. Last week, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson guaranteed his team would defeat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. The Eagles were ultimately blown out, losing 37-10.
Whether Landry meant to guarantee a victory or not, that's what his initial quote came off as. He and the Browns will have their work cut out making him look smart for his prediction.