Cleveland Browns vs. Seahawks: 5 matchups to decide outcome

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 07: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the Cleveland Browns delivers a pass against the San Francisco 49ers in the first quarter at Levi's Stadium on October 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 07: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the Cleveland Browns delivers a pass against the San Francisco 49ers in the first quarter at Levi's Stadium on October 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 20: Terrance Mitchell #39 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates his interception with Jabrill Peppers #22 during the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won the game 21-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 20: Terrance Mitchell #39 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates his interception with Jabrill Peppers #22 during the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won the game 21-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

4. Cleveland’s secondary vs. Tyler Lockett

No one matchup between wide receiver and cornerback stands out. Partially because the Browns are without their two starting cornerbacks: Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams. Williams and Ward returned to practice today, but two corners are listed as questionable yet again.

Terrance Mitchell and T.J. Carrie have filled in well during their absence, but there is no question the Browns’ defense is much better with all four cornerbacks in the rotation. Whoever starts at cornerback this week has a tough task ahead: figuring out how to stop the Wilson-to-Lockett connection.

Wilson had a perfect quarterback rating in 2018 when targeting Tyler Lockett. This season Lockett has 30 receptions on 36 targets (83 percent catch rate) for 379 yards, 12.7 per catch, and three touchdowns. Wilson’s passer rating this season when targeting Lockett: 138.3.

If healthy, the ability to have Ward or Williams shadowing Lockett would be an ideal scenario. In the chance that the two are still unavailable, the Browns secondary will have to execute a game plan that knows where Lockett is at all times. If Cleveland can slow down that connection and contain Lockett, they’ll have a good chance of slowing down Wilson’s unbelievably efficient season.