Week 6 Game Preview: Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns could be playing their toughest game of the season when they take on the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Cleveland Browns will look to continue to their success at home when they take on the Los Angeles Chargers in a 1:00 p.m. match-up this Sunday.
The Chargers are coming off of a 26-10 win against the Raiders in Los Angeles on Sunday. Phillip Rivers had an impressive day at the office, completing 22 of his 27 passes for 339 yards and two touchdowns. Rivers tied a career high through five games with 13 touchdowns on the season. He currently only trails a guy the Browns will see on November 4th, Patrick Mahomes.
The Chargers have done a great job of keeping their starting quarterback clean, giving up only six sacks on the season, which is tied for fewest in the league. With the outstanding play of the Chargers offensive line, this puts a lot of pressure on Myles Garrett, Larry Ogunjobi, Trevon Coley, and Emmanuel Ogbah.
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Standout Browns rookie cornerback Denzel Ward will most likely draw the challenge of guarding the Chargers number one receiver, Keenan Allen, who has caught 32 passes for 372 yards and one touchdown.
Chargers star running back Melvin Gordon has rushed 73 times for 334 yards and three scores on the ground. He has also added another three touchdown receptions. This might be the toughest task the Browns will face on Sunday with their struggling run defense.
Now on to the Browns offense, Baker Mayfield will get his third start on Sunday. Since being named the starter, he has completed 63 of his 107 passes for 838 yards, with three touchdowns and three interceptions. However, he does a favorable match-up against a less than stellar Chargers secondary.
Since Mayfield’s emergence as the head signal caller, David Njoku has seen his targets increase. With 20 catches on the season, second only to Jarvis Landry, he can be a force in the passing game, especially in the red zone.
The bread and butter of this football team still seems to be the power run game, which is led by the bell-cow Carlos Hyde, who ranks second in the league in carries with 100. He trails Todd Gurley by only one carry. Along with a heavy workload, Hyde finds himself with 348 yards and five touchdowns, which is good for second best in the National Football League.
Denzel Perryman will look to slow down the Browns lethal run game of Hyde, Nick Chubb, and do everything back Duke Johnson. Perryman has compiled 38 total tackles on the season.
This might be the kind of game where it comes down to the arm of Mayfield, considering how well the Chargers front seven has played this season. On the other side of the ball, can the strong play of the Browns defense continue against an offense with a lot of firepower and weapons. This very well could be the toughest test the Browns have faced all season long on defense.