AFC North report cards through first quarter of the 2020 season

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Cleveland Browns (3-1)

This might be the biggest surprise to the entire league so far as the Browns have shown they’re not completely terrible like previous seasons. They have become a more run-first offense and complimenting that ground attack with Baker Mayfield and the passing attack. Their schedule has not been extremely difficult up to this point but the Browns seem to normally lose even if they have an easy schedule.

Their only loss was a beat-down by the hands of the Baltimore Ravens and that should be concerning to their fans going forward. They have had close games against lesser opponents like the Bengals and others but they pulled out of the stadium with wins. This is still an unknown team as they haven’t yet shown the ability to beat a great team and that Ravens loss was a huge factor in this grade.

Their win over the Colts on Sunday was an impressive victory but it just seems like this team is destined for another 7-9 record or barely squeaking into the playoffs. Their matchup against the Steelers will help weigh what this team is going forward. Are they contenders or just barely beating lesser teams? That’s the question that still needs to be answered. The Browns currently sit third in the division with a 4-1 record.

Grade: B+