Sometimes, the best defense is offense in a road game. When the Browns travel to Tennessee this week, they will run into an example of this. Scoring early and often to settle the crowd down is a paramount stride to take in a game in which the Browns are underdogs by a touchdown. In order to do this, they will need to find big plays in their offense, from both the running and the passing game.
The benefits of this are not only to keep the crowd noise down, something that has not bothered Cleveland’s offense to a noticeable degree thus far in 2016. The true purpose of this is more to stay a step ahead early in the game, and give the offense some confidence and the defense a reason to believe. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to be up multiple scores, either. If the Browns can’t take control of this game in the first quarter, they will have difficulties pulling it out in the fourth as they have had in previous weeks.
Kessler will need to play an efficient game, as will Isaiah Crowell. But even if this happens, the Browns will be in trouble if they don’t hit a big touchdown play. The best time to attempt this is by taking a shot downfield early on, throwing the defense off-balance. If Terrelle Pryor or another receiver can silence the fans early, the Browns will be on their way to their first victory.