Few would have predicted three wins for the New England Patriots without Tom Brady, but here we are. In Week 5, the New England Patriots will travel to Cleveland with a 3-1 record, and their Hall of Fame quarterback in tow. Many are expecting Brady to return with a vengeance, with some even predicting a ‘Game of Thrones’ like feel with the future Hall-of-Famer back on the field.
The winless Browns will unfortunately have to feel Brady’s wrath in Week 5, and more likely than not, won’t be able to offer much resistance on defense. Expect Brady and Co. to send the league a message with a massive performance in this upcoming tilt, especially if superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski is completely healthy. Gronk is yet to find the endzone this seaosn, but with Brady back under center, that could change in a hurry, especially against a bottom-feeder opponent.
That’s just one reason why tickets are higher than average for this Patriots-Browns Week 5 tilt. In fact, it’s Cleveland’s third-most expensive home game since 2010, despite the team currently carrying an 0-4 mark into the weekend. According to TicketIQ, tickets are averaging $191.59 on the secondary market, with the get-in price clocking in at $88. Who would’ve thought those would be the prices for a Browns game this season? Ah, the impact Brady has on an opposing market. Meanwhile, fans can at least save some money on their parking at FirstEnergy Stadium by going through ParkWhiz.com, which features numerous cheap parking options all around the venue.
While Cleveland’s defense won’t offer New England’s offense much resistance, the Browns do possess a few playmakers on offense that can present some issues for New England’s defense. Ex-quarterback, now turned wide receiver, Terrelle Pryor has turned into a dynamic downfield threat, and he’s been great in the red zone, showing exhibiting big-play ability. Additionally, Cleveland’s backfield features a dynamic 1-2 punch in Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson Jr. Crowell is averaging over five yards per carry, while Johnson has been an asset on third down and in the passing game. It all boils down to how well Cody Kessler can perform in his first home game in Cleveland. Belichick’s defenses have historically frustrated young quarterbacks, so it goes without saying this will be a tough assignment for the youngster.
For the first-place Patriots, expect Brady to target his two-headed tight end monster early and often if Gronkowski is available. Gronk has been slowed down by a hamstring injury, but appears healthy and ready to go in this Week 5 affair. On the other side, Martellus Bennett presents a tough matchup over the middle of the field. Add in Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, LeGarrette Blount, and James White to the fold and New England has a bevy of options to attack Cleveland’s hapless defense.
This should be more than a win for the Patriots; it looks like there could be a huge statement made, and fans are willing to pay up to see it live.