Arizona’s success against top teams this season
The Cardinals were not supposed to march into Nashville and dismantle the Titans. Nor were they supposed to fly a few hours north into Los Angeles and beat the Rams all over their own turf. But they did, and the combined scores of those two games were 75 to 33. Really, 75 to 26 if they didn’t go into prevent defense in garbage time against the Rams.
As for the Browns, they’re the exact opposite, having beaten the Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, and Minnesota Vikings. Like the Cardinals, the Browns won in a nailbiter against the Vikings. But they also lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, a team we all know is better than their record, and the Los Angeles Chargers. The Browns have a highly-ranked defense, except they gave up 80 combined points to the Chiefs and Chargers. More on that later.
The point is, the Cardinals have, as recent history shows, not just played tougher competition well, but they blew them out. The Browns put up valiant fights against the Chiefs and Chargers, but they lost in heartbreaking fashion both times. History is on the Cardinals’ side in this one, and since many have Cleveland favored to win, it should only play into the Cardinals’ hands.