This defense isn’t going to get it done
The Browns defense has been a struggle for all of 2020, and things weren’t a whole lot better on Sunday. While Dwayne Haskins made just enough mistakes to allow the Browns to win, the Washington offense moved the ball up and down the field most of the game.
HOLD ON Browns fans, it may not be as bad as it looks. Haskins threw for 224 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. On top of that, the team only gave up 103 rushing yards and was able to sack Haskins three times.
PLUS, the Browns are still without a few huge pieces on defense. Denzel Ward was only able to play the first half and likely wasn’t 100 percent healthy for the snaps he did play, and it appears that Mack Wilson still isn’t healthy playing a very limited number of snaps. Not to mention Olivier Vernon and Greedy Williams were also inactive on Sunday.
It’s frustrating to see teams march up and down the field at times, but the team is just undermanned right now. Defensive coordinator Joe Woods is afraid to dial up the pressure because of the lack of experience in coverage and it has led to too many yards through the air. With a limited number of blitz calls, Myles Garrett has also been double-teamed a tremendous number of plays. He came up with two huge sacks on Sunday but was somewhat quiet at times because of all the attention from Washington.
The Browns must get better on third down, there were far too many long conversions on Sunday, but other than that, this team will continue to improve. Let’s hope they do because their biggest challenge in the secondary yet will be next Sunday vs. the Cowboys.