The Cleveland Browns have already set their sights on the AFC North, but they will still be looking for a win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night.
The Browns’ season is on the line with the divisional playoff race still a week away, and the division is not a pretty one for the Browns to be in.
They’ll be looking to make a statement in their home opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and that starts with beating the Chiefs.
Cleveland is coming off a 23-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 4, which saw quarterback Josh McCown go through a complete meltdown.
The last time the Browns beat the Chiefs in the opener, they had to settle for a 31-24 victory.
This time, though, it will be an easier task.
The Chiefs are coming off their best win of the season, beating the Green Bay Packers 35-28 in Week 2.
The Bengals are coming into this game having beaten the New England Patriots in Week 3.
The Patriots are coming out of a bye week and are already favored in their divisional matchup against the Bengals.
The Cleveland defense has been one of the best units in the league over the past two weeks.
They’ve given up just three touchdown passes to the Bengals and Steelers.
The defense is tied for the fourth-most interceptions in the NFL.
This is a chance for the offense to take a step forward in the division and start showing some positive signs.
The offense is also on the field for the first time this season, and while it’s been a slow start, it’s a chance to see the offense really take off and give it another go.
The Steelers have a tough matchup coming up, and a win would give them a four-game winning streak at home, which would give the offense a chance at a third straight victory.
The offensive line has played well in the past, and with the Browns looking to give them another test, the Browns are going to have to do some things well.
It’s not easy to put together a solid offensive line against a top-five defense, and McCown has had a lot of trouble throwing the ball this season.
However, if the Browns can get McCown in a rhythm, they should be able to score a lot.
The big question mark heading into the game is the secondary, which was a huge reason why the Browns’ offense struggled this season in Week 1.
Safety Tashaun Gipson was placed on injured reserve last week with a knee injury.
Gipons return will likely come from the secondary alone, and if it does, the defensive front will have to keep up with the Steelers offense.
If the Browns find the right way to attack the Steelers’ secondary, they might have a chance.
That will depend on the quality of the secondary.
The Chargers have allowed an average of just 12.3 points per game to be a top 20 defense, so they will need to do a good job in the first half.
It will be a battle of two quality safeties and two good cornerbacks against a very good quarterback.
The two safeties that could make an impact on Monday Night Football are Josh Norman and Logan Ryan.
The veteran cornerback has a lot to prove, and he will need all of the help he can get if he hopes to stay on the team.
The second corner on the roster, Jason Verrett, has struggled for the Chargers this season as a rookie, but he showed some promise during his rookie season.
He had a sack and three passes defensed against the Titans in Weeks 1 and 2.
If he can come up big on Monday, he will have a shot at making an impact.