Cash In On Opportunities
Through two games, Cleveland’s offense has not looked nearly as sharp as they did under Freddie Kitchens’ guidance last year. Their red-zone work in 2018 was good enough for sixth in the league, and that was after an abysmal start under the coaching of one Hue Jackson. The Browns need to kick back into that gear if they want to hang with an elite team like the Rams.
Creating opportunities will be tough against the Rams’ defense, which is where running back Nick Chubb can truly shine. Chubb’s power rushing style means that he can break bigger runs as the game goes on, which allows the Browns to keep Wade Phillips and Los Angeles’s defensive unit guessing.
Another large part of Cleveland getting back to where they were in the back half of 2018 is getting the offense to click into place. If there were ever a time for Baker Mayfield to show serious improvements from his rookie year, this game against the Rams would be it.
The Browns failed to play well against most playoff teams they faced last season, and this is their first chance this year to right that ship.
If they can create opportunities for themselves on offense and actually cash in on them, they should be in good shape and might be able to wrestle away a win from the Rams.