Sustaining drives is a major key to Week 8, but it won’t win the game single-handedly. For a team which struggles defensively, especially giving up quick strikes in the passing game, the Browns offense must keep up. This means that they need to avoid settling for three points.
The Jets rank 26th in red zone defense, surrendering a touchdown on 64.7 percent of opponents’ red zone trips. This must be exploited by the Browns. Cleveland can do this by sticking with the game plan which allows them to sustain drives once they get inside the 20-yard line.
But they won’t always be able to run the ball. New York gives up the second fewest rushing yards in football, and are especially tough in the red zone. While Cleveland can’t become predictable, they must take advantage of the Jets pass defense, which surrenders the sixth most passing yards in football.
Terrelle Pryor and Gary Barnidge will be the primary targets in the red zone, as always. Quick and simple routes will be best as the team must cash in when they are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to. The math works out when the Browns score sevens instead of threes.