What’s it Going to Take to Finally Win?
Well, it does not get much easier for the Browns as they head east to play on Thursday night against the Ravens. They are not expected to win, but that does not mean that an upset is impossible. It will not be an easy contest, but if a few things break their way – who knows? Let’s take a deeper look into what it will take:
#1 – Do You Job
This refers on the defense as a whole. Sometimes they are keen on stopping the run, while at other times the unit is selling out to get to the quarterback. Meanwhile, the opposing offense is gashing the Browns via the opposite way of moving the football. The defense has got to get out of that mindset and refrain from beating itself. Do I think they can be an excellent defense in this league? No but perhaps they can be somewhat respectable for one night – which might be enough to win this matchup.
#2 – Be Smart, Play Smart
The Browns cannot afford to make mental mistakes and still anticipate a victory. Whether it is critical penalties or simply not executing is costing this team severely. The special teams are being penalized nearly every play, and the Browns’ offense is starting out in a hole. The tables must be turned this week and the Browns must be the franchise putting their opponent in difficult positions.
#3 – Work in the Rookie
Corey Coleman had his only productive contest of the season last time they faced the Ravens. He then hurt himself and is still working his way back into the swing of things. I would like to see him featured in this offense, to both see if he can handle the workload and to also watch Terrelle Pryor and Gary Barnidge find openings in the defense. A touchdown (or two, or more) by Coleman surely wouldn’t be a bad thing for the Browns’ offense.
#4 – Steal the Ball
I certainly do not see this one happening, but if the Browns can actually force turnovers by the Ravens’ offense – they will have a good shot at winning. Not being at the right place at the right time would certainly not be a good recipe for the defense, but maybe Jamie Collins or Briean Boddy-Calhoun can swing the momentum by making a play for this defense.
Conclusion: I will once again pick against the Browns in this contest, but feel they might not get blown out this time. They are only a few players away from being decent – but that is not helping with the win-loss record. I’m hoping for a miracle but we will find out shortly.