Even with as dominant of a defense Dallas has, their dynamic offense will most likely be Cleveland’s biggest challenge in Week 9. The Cowboys rank only 11th in total yards, but lead the league in rushing yards per game at 164.9.
The Browns surrender the second most yards on the ground, so this matchup seems lopsided. Dallas rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliot is largely responsible for a potent rushing attack, as well as an offensive line which excels in run blocking.
Of course, like any football team, the Cowboys are more likely to hand the ball to Elliot on first or second down. What makes them so successful is their ability to stay ahead of the sticks, and sprinkle an explosive run in the mix as well.
In order to disrupt the smooth rhythm Dallas plays with offensively, the Browns must find a way to keep the Cowboys from gaining chunks of yardage on first and second down. This means that they must slow Elliot, and create negative plays at times. Doing this will force Dallas into obvious passing situations, and allow for Cleveland to put more pressure on rookie quarterback Dak Prescott by attacking the elite offensive line with exotic blitzes.