Browns vs. Colts – Smells Like 2011
No, this is not Kerry Collins vs. Colt McCoy (it is close, however) – but Sunday’s matchup is between two poor teams playing in Indianapolis. The Browns might have to call Peyton Hillis for some nice runs (the way he did six years ago), as this part of the franchise has been largely underwhelming. What can the Browns do to finally win?
The Browns are facing a mobile signal caller, who does not have a track record of success. In addition, he will be with this franchise for three weeks now – far be it from an entrenched franchise quarterback. The Browns have been extremely disappointing in getting pressure on the opposing signal caller – though they are coming off facing a pair of Super Bowl Champions. Something tells me that things will be different this week, as Gregg Williams will put together a game plan to finally impact the opposing passing game. Who will emerge for the orange and brown defensive line?
RUN THE BALL!!!!
Sorry for the all caps, but the Browns must not rely so much on the passing attack by DeShone Kizer (and Kevin Hogan). This is more hope than anything else, but the team must utilize both Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson for more than twenty carries this weekend – and the occasional swing pass or two would not be a bad thing. If the Browns cannot generate a run game in this contest, then I have lost all hope for their offensive output.
Who Steps Up at Wide Receiver
Rashard Higgins had a solid outing last game, now without Corey Coleman – what is next for the Browns’ wide receivers? Will Duke Johnson go back into the slot role? Should we anticipate more from Sammie Coates and Kasen Williams? I’m a little apprehensive about this spot, but Kizer has to throw it to someone. I can see the team shortening their routes while still generating a bit of success.
Conclusion: Call me crazy, but I think the Browns get it done on Sunday. They will bounce back (from last week’s debacle) after the Colts take the Browns lightly. It will once again be a rough, low scoring contest – but Kizer will top his counterpart and the defense will allow the visitors to leave with a “big” win. I expect the linebackers to get back on track and Jabril Peppers is overdue for either a turnover recovery or a game-changing return on special teams.