New Starter and the Meaning
Following the mild success of quarterback Kevin Hogan (over Deshone Kizer’s ouput), coach Hue Jackson gave him the nod against the Houston Texans. The second year pro is good for a touchdown and an interception each game – but is he good for a win this Sunday? The Browns are double-digit underdogs during their matchup down south, and frankly I don’t expect a close outcome. However, are there a few areas on the gridiron that give the team hope?
Unless you have been living under a rock inside of a cave, you have heard of the unfortunate injury to defensive stalwart J.J. Watt, which occurred last contest. He, defensive end Whitney Mercilus, and a starting defensive back to two might be out for the home squad. I got to figure that will the help the Browns’ offense a bit in this game. Hogan already has a quick release in the pocket, but having more time to throw should only help. The running attack should benefit as well – provided Hue Jackson chooses to dial it up the way he did last contest.
Long to Release
Many have gotten on quarterback Deshone Kizer’s lengthy delivery of the football (as it is greater than Kevin Hogan) – but let’s not forget the Deshaun Watson is also getting the football out in over two-and-a-half seconds. That just means the Browns defense has to blow by their guys and get to the rookie signal caller. I envision Myles Garret to be a benfactor of this, but it would be nice if a few teammates could join him. If the Browns can find a way to limit Watson’s threat to run the football – they might actually be successful in attacking the opposing offense.
Conclusion: I would not be surprised to witness a blowout in this this contest. However, the Browns could actually could make it a game if a few things break their way (forcing turnovers, winning the special teams matchup, etc). As the past two seasons have gone, the breaks will go to the home team and the Texans will more than likely come out comfortably ahead in this contest. When will the Browns win a game this year?