It’s time for some freakin’ redemption, the Browns need a win and the city of Cleveland needs a win.
I’ve heard some jokes over the week about my beloved team from Ohio, and man it’s just keeps getting me down. As you all know the Browns blew another one in their kind of fashion last weekend against the Rams. Pat Shurmur didn’t seem too pleased in his post-game press conference barely speaking to the media. I would have been the same way, I can’t argue his decisions, and Colt McCoy was left shaking his head in a state of despair.
This week Cleveland plays at home against the MJD led Jaguars out of Jacksonville, a team that has zero passing game. The Browns look to stack the box against Jones-Drew, and stopping the running game is the only thing this defense has to worry about. The Browns are ranked 30th against the run this year, but lead the league in passing yards allowed, thanks to second-year man, Joe Haden, out of the University of Florida.
Blaine Gabbert has looked like a rookie without weapons, wait that’s exactly who he is. The Jags have no solid No. 1 receiver and it has showed, as Gabbert has thrown for about 1000 yards on the season and 6 TDs.
Yet, the Browns haven’t looked good on stopping offenses in key situations, as it showed in multiple weeks this season. Especially against the run, Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin need to step up their play to give the Browns a chance.
The Browns have only scored 2 touchdowns in their last 4 games, a number that describes their 3-6 record. Cleveland has been unable to put the ball into the endzone, being forced to kick field goals, something that doesn’t buy you wins. McCoy has looked solid this season without any type of weapons in the passing game, and not even Peyton Hillis out of the backfield.
Cleveland enters the rough part of their schedule after this week having to play 5 games against the Bengals, Steelers, and Ravens. Wins are getting and tougher and tougher to get this year and this week will define the outcome of the regular season. The Browns have had one of the easiest schedules this season and have not capitalized on their chances,and it looks to late for a successful season.
Things may look grim in C-Town but redemption is what sits on everyone’s head this weekend, and boy do the Browns need it.
Look for defensive fireworks in another low-scoring shootout this weekend, but I could be wrong. Can Cleveland win a game without any type of bad luck (knock on wood)? Man, I sure hope so.
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Written by Corey Rioux
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