It's official: The Cleveland Browns will not go 0-16 this year.
In fact, they're about to start a win streak against the Indianapolis Colts.
This basically qualifies as a playoff victory in Cleveland these days. Those fans have been through a lot. And as a Detroit Lions supporter, I feel your pain.
Let's check out the reasons why the Browns will get it done in Indy.
Trent Richardson Is About to Go Wild
Unfortunately, we have to start off with a reason that will require a little luck.
Richardson has been dealing with some chest and rib issues that have him officially listed as questionable.
The tough Alabama product is going to rock a flak jacket, however, and appears likely to hit the field Sunday.
Good thing, because he's going to love the Colts defense. Indianapolis is not a tough place to run. In fact, the defense ranks near the bottom of the league, since they allow 159 yards per contest.
With Richardson giving the Colts pass rush plenty to deal with, Brandon Weeden won't have to do too much to get the Browns over the hump.
Weeden is Joining His Fellow Rookie Quarterbacks
For all of his early season struggles, Weeden seems to be starting to get it. He has posted a quarterback rating over 84 in each of the past two weeks and looks like the rest of the successful rookie signal-callers.
As mentioned above, Weeden will not be required to throw for 300 yards for the Browns to win. So long as he stays within himself and Cleveland utilizes the play-action game, he'll be able to keep the chains moving when Richardson needs a moment's rest.
Joe Haden is on a Mission
The Browns' potential All-Pro cornerback knows that his reputation took a hit after his four-game suspension for Adderall. Rest assured that he won't stop until the public understands that he's still one of the premier cover men in the league.
Haden will be shadowing Reggie Wayne all day, making it difficult for Andrew Luck to hook up with his favorite target. Once Wayne has been removed from the equation, the Colts will find it difficult to generate yards and points.
The above reasons outline how Cleveland is going to snatch its second win of the season.
And nothing for nothing, but the last time the Browns won on the road, it was in Indianapolis.