The Cleveland Browns were heavy underdogs against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night, but they pulled the stunner of the NFL’s first round anyway. No one expects them to do the same to the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, though.
In fact, once again, the Browns are being given zero chance to win.
“Sounds pretty normal to me,” Mayfield told reporters.
The Browns blasted the Steelers both on the ground and through the air. They also picked off Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger four times. Ex-Pro Bowler and ESPN analyst Ryan Clark said the Browns will have to stick the ground game to have a puncher’s chance against the Chiefs.
Clark added that they may as well believe in another upset, no matter how they approach it.
“Who other than people that live in Cleveland, and only the delusional people that live in Cleveland, are going to put money on the Cleveland Browns next week to beat the Kansas City Chiefs? Nobody,” Clark said on SportsCenter, via Cleveland.com. “So what do you have to lose?”
Clark thinks that the Browns’ mindset needs to be the same as it was against the Steelers.
“Play like a team that hasn’t won a playoff game in over 20 years,” he said. “Play like you’re a team that hasn’t been in the playoffs in 18 years and you just beat the monsters of the AFC North. You just beat the team that has dominated you for years.”
Unlike their game against the Steelers, the Browns are expected to have head coach Kevin Stefanski, top offensive lineman Joel Bitonio and top defensive back Denzel Ward back on the sidelines versus the Chiefs. All three were out after recent positive COVID-19 test results.
They will also have two of the game’s top running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, who overpowered the Steelers.
“We have been the underdogs since the beginning of the season,” Mayfield said. “Nobody thought that we would have a winning record. Nobody thought that we were going to get to the playoffs. Nobody thought that we were going to do anything in the playoffs. We just have to keep on proving people wrong. That is what it is all about. Don’t hold yourself to other people’s standards. We know what we are trying to live up to, and we are going to keep on getting after it.”