Cleveland Browns vs. New England Patriots: 5 Bold predictions for Week 8

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 21: Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots is congratulated by his teammate Stephon Gilmore #24 after intercepting the ball against the New York Jets of the New England Patriots during the first half at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 21: Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots is congratulated by his teammate Stephon Gilmore #24 after intercepting the ball against the New York Jets of the New England Patriots during the first half at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /
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2. Brady throws 2 picks, sacked 4+ times

Tom Brady, even at 42 years old and in year 20, has remained impressive this season. Through seven games, Brady has 1,992 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions while adding three rushing scores. What has been overlooked, though, is that Brady and this offense have only been tested once, and the Bills held them to 16 points in a grinding affair. The Browns have the horses to really put Brady in a tough position, especially with a lackluster group of pass-catchers.

Myles Garrett, Olivier Vernon and Larry Ogunjobi are more than capable of taking advantage of the Patriots offensive line that, frankly, has not been tested. On top of that, the Browns defense gets a big boost in Week 8 with the return of starting corners Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams. The totality of the picture will result in Brady having his worst game of the 2019 season, turning the ball over at least twice and seeing the turf at least four times on Sunday — especially with the bad weather.

1. Baker finally looks like Baker

Yes, I’ve already predicted that Baker Mayfield will throw a pick-six on Sunday. That’s part of the experience when you have a free-wheeling quarterback, especially in bad weather. However, I’m banking on the bye week getting the 2018 No. 1 overall pick right. He will look comfortable, building off of a strong Week 6 performance against Seattle and will survive the elements for an overall big day.

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Mayfield will work to feed the rock on quick routes to Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. and let his dynamic playmakers do the work. And with Chubb having a big day running the ball, Mayfield will throw for 250+ yards, two touchdowns and, most importantly, will guide the Browns to a crucial victory that they desperately need.