After a disastrous 2019 campaign propped up on high expectations, the Cleveland Browns were able to bounce back with a vengeance in 2020 even without star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. who suffered a season-ending injury back in Week 7.
The Browns were able to battle through the loss of Beckham and now face the tall task of taking on the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs. Despite being heavy underdogs, Beckham doesn’t want people doubting his team.
Don’t be suprised this weekend when they win….just throwin it out there now
— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) January 14, 2021
Last week, the Browns made easy work of the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Although the Steelers threatened to make a comeback after being down 28-0 early in the game, Baker Mayfield and company put up 48 points and advanced to the next round.
The Browns were the underdogs in that AFC North playoff showdown but were given a fighter’s chance due to their potent offense and Pittsburgh’s recent struggles.
However, the Chiefs are a different opponent entirely as many anticipate Patrick Mahomes lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy for a second straight year.
ESPN currently has Cleveland as a 10-point underdog for Sunday’s game at Arrowhead Stadium, and that point spread could get even bigger in favor of the Chiefs in the coming days.