Even without quarterback Deshaun Watson for most of the season, Joe Thomas believes his former team still has a path to the playoffs. Thomas is a big believer in Cleveland’s defense and ground game. Anything above .500 through Watson’s 11-game suspension, Thomas reasons, could be enough for the Browns to navigate the remainder of the season to the top of the AFC North.
“I think their defense is going to be really tough,” Thomas says. “And that run game, combined with that defense, is going to hold them and carry them through until Deshaun Watson comes back.”