Chase Claypool: Even with Sunday night’s playoff loss to the Browns still fresh, one Pittsburgh Steelers player is still not a believer in the Cleveland Browns.
Interacting with fans on TikTok on Monday afternoon, Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool said that the Browns are “gonna get clapped” by the Kansas City Chiefs in next weekend’s Divisional round. While the Steelers have little room to talk after last night’s defeat, the Browns are traveling to Arrowhead Stadium next week to face the AFC’s No. 1 seed.
For as impressive as their dismantling of Pittsburgh was, Cleveland has serious defensive issues heading into a matchup with Chief quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the league’s most explosive offense.
Pittsburgh receiver Chase Claypool took to TikTok Live on Monday following his team’s 49-38 upset loss to Cleveland and admitted he and his teammates played poorly. If Cleveland’s 28-0 first-quarter run — a record-setting output for most points in the first quarter of a playoff game, by the way — wasn’t enough proof, Claypool guaranteed those watching knew the Steelers are aware their defeat was an ugly one.
“Bad loss, but um, the Browns are going to clapped next week,” Claypool said in a video reposted by ESPN, “so it’s all good.”
Claypool’s take is somewhat valid, seeing as the Browns’ advancement past the Steelers puts them on a direct path to the home of the defending Super Bowl champions. The Browns don’t have the best defense, giving up 553 yards of offense to the Steelers, who threw for 501 yards in a desperate comeback attempt on Sunday night. But they do have a knack for forcing turnovers, recording five takeaways in the wild-card win.
We have an entire week to analyze Cleveland’s Divisional Round matchup with Kansas City, which we’ll certainly discuss until we’re blue in the face. But that’s the Browns’ and Chiefs’ game to win or lose. Claypool will be sitting at home, left only to hope the team that clapped his squad receives such treatment from another.