Cleveland Browns: Keys to victory against Cincinnati
It is no secret that the Browns’ offensive line has been absolutely atrocious in the past few weeks. Surrendering eight sacks two weeks ago and another seven last week, Cleveland quarterback’s are being hung out to dry.
The key for this week’s matchup against a decent pass rush is to improve as the game progresses. Early on, quick routes should be the Browns’ method of moving the ball down the field. But later in the game, Cleveland will have to take shots and put some quick strikes on the board. If this is going to happen, they will need to be able to protect Griffin for an extended period of time.
It is especially important to protect the edges. Joe Thomas and Austin Pasztor will be tested by two talented defensive ends in Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson. These two especially will need to lock in and have a stellar performance.
If the rest of the line can hold its own, and the team can anticipate the exotic blitzes Cincinnati likes to send, they will find themselves with opportunities to take some shots down the field. This is much easier said than done. But it is critical if the Browns want to reverse their stagnant offensive ways, especially in the second half.