4. Mayfield is sacked zero times back to back weeks
The biggest improvement for the Browns in 2020 on offense has been the offensive line play. That is partly because of the addition of Jack Conklin and Jedrick Wills Jr., but also because of new offensive line coach Bill Callahan. From Week 1 to Week 2, you could tell that Baker Mayfield finally trusted the line and sat in the pocket with comfort when throwing the ball.
The Washington Football team has a dominant pass rush with rookie Chase Young, Montez Sweat, and Ryan Kerrigan on the edges. While this will be the biggest test of the year for the Browns offensive line, I expect them to shine with no sacks given up.
While this will be a huge accomplishment, a strong running game and play-action pass setup will keep the edge rushers guessing all day. That with the return of Conklin and the continued progression of Wills will be too much for any pass rush.
Let’s not forget folks, the Browns gave up zero sacks on Thursday without Conklin. Chris Hubbard stepped in and played a fantastic game. Not to mention Callahan has right guard Wyatt Teller playing at an all-pro level on two weeks into the season.
While Mayfield continues to try and improve from a disappointing 2019, Callahan has the offensive line playing out of this world which will only help the offense continue to get better. The athletic bunch is opening holes that semis could fit through and giving Mayfield plenty of time. Look for the group to cement their dominance this season vs. a tremendous Washington rush who tormented Carson Wentz in week one.