Predicting the Cleveland Browns Week 3 matchup with Rams
Writer: Matthew McFatridge
Game: Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns
Summary: It’s Sunday Night Football in Cleveland. You can bet fans are going to be rocking and the atmosphere is going to be electric. The Browns welcome to town the 2-0 Los Angeles Rams in a game that will prove if Cleveland is ready to ride with the big boys in the league or still needs some time.
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Cleveland bounced back from a pretty ugly second half against the Tennessee Titans to beat the hapless New York Jets. While they beat the Jets rather easily, there were still several hiccups in the offense that leaves a few questions unanswered. With the Rams in town, the team can I’ll afford to have these same issues and expect to win.
The bright side of this early season has been the defense of the Browns. Myles Garrett has been a force to be reckoned with, and while getting a few penalties for excess force on tackles and late hits, he has been excellent at getting after the passer.
The offense has looked rushed, often snapping the ball with no time left on the play clock. When they finally do snap the ball, Baker Mayfield has often held onto the ball for far too long, resulting in unnecessary hits and sacks on him. With a less than stellar offensive line, the team needs to get the ball snapped quicker and Baker needs to release the ball quicker.
Unfortunately, this Rams team looks better than last year, especially on the defensive side. Look for quick passes to get the ball out of Mayfield’s hands and keep Aaron Donald and Co. wreaking havoc on the field. In the end, I think the talent and experience of winning for LA holds out and helps the Rams beat the Browns. The Browns keep it close for the first 45 minutes, but much like Week 1, let it slip late.
Prediction: Los Angeles 38, Cleveland 20