FOXBOROUGH, MA– A dark and gloomy afternoon in Foxborough, just a few days before Halloween will have the “boogeymen” out in full force. A forecast of rain throughout the entire game gives a significant advantage to the Patriots.
Bill Belichick and the Patriots defense will look to limit the Browns and Baker Mayfield at Gillette Stadium. The 4:25PM kickoff forecast calls for a 50-degree day with a 90-100% chance of rain. The Patriots will look to improve to an NFL best 8-0 after today’s game.
In addition to the 8-0 start, head coach Bill Belichick will go for his 300th career win vs. the team that once fired him back in 1996. Belichick is 6-2 vs. Cleveland, a perfect 4-0 vs. the Browns in Foxborough.
Bill Belichick will go after his 300th career win on Sunday against the team that once fired him (Browns).
Belichick is 6-2 against the Browns and a perfect 4-0 in Foxborough. pic.twitter.com/Esp80gAeWj
— Jordan Moore (@iJordanMoore) October 26, 2019
The Browns defense comes into the game ranked as the 23rd best as they face a top ten Patriots offense. The Patriots defense ranks first overall in the entire NFL as they face a 21st ranked offense that is led by QB Baker Mayfield who already has eleven interceptions throughout his first six games. Not to mention, the Patriots defense ranks first overall in turnover differential and second overall in pass defense. It’ll be a long day for Mayfield and the Browns.
The #Patriots come into today 28-0 when facing a QB that is 24 years old or younger.
Baker Mayfield is 24. pic.twitter.com/gED1kv5hEL
— Jordan Moore (@iJordanMoore) October 27, 2019
Look for the Patriots defense to limit the Browns offense in a big way. An interception this week against the Browns would tie last year’s streak of eight consecutive games with an interception to start a season for the Patriots defense. New England is a 10.5 point favorite over Cleveland, a margin that seems a bit low for a Patriot team that is playing light-years above the Browns. Look for New England to win comfortably and for Mayfield and the Browns to be seeing “ghosts.”
The Patriots enter this week with a +175 point differential through seven games, which is the largest point differential through seven games in the Super Bowl era. All eyes will be on newly acquired WR Mohamed Sanu. The game will be broadcasted by CBS as it is the NFL’s game of the week. The Patriots will be in their all-blue, fan-favorite color rush uniforms.
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