Everything opens up once the Browns can figure out how to consistently protect the quarterback. While this may be much easier said than done, the next step to success in this particular matchup is spreading the offense out.
One reason this is important is because of Josh Norman, one of the best defensive backs in football. If the Browns are limited to one major target on offense, they will find themselves dealing with the Pro Bowler all afternoon. Not only does this mean throwing to different targets, but running different routes and lining up all over the field so that the offense can choose which defenders they want to attack.
Another reason for running a more spread out offense is because of the few advantages Cleveland does hold over Washington.
The Redskins have size, which could be problematic in certain circumstances, but it could also be exploited if done so correctly. The Browns do have a good degree of speed on the offense, from Pryor to Andrew Hawkins, Duke Johnson and even Rashard Higgins. These skill position players should be utilized a lot on Sunday, because they will help tire the Redskins’ defense by making them run to defend a spread offense.
If the Browns can get better pass protection, and can find a rhythm in a more spread out offense using their speed to its fullest potential; the Browns will greatly increase their chances of moving the ball consistently.