3. The defense steps up in a few crucial spots
To this point, the Browns defense has done just enough to get two wins. While those wins haven’t been against the strongest competition, they are still NFL wins which are hard to come by. In Week 3 vs. Washington, the Browns defense was able to cause four turnovers which led to 21 points. And while it felt like Washington hung around longer than they should have, it was still a two-touchdown victory for the Browns.
While the hope was to get healthy last week, it has been prolonged once again to try and get healthy in week four for the Cowboys. Hopefully, Denzel Ward will return to the lineup as well as linebacker Jacob Philips. The team is also hopeful that cornerback Greedy Williams can make his season debut for 2020.
To this point, the defense has been extremely vanilla and teams have picked on the linebackers in coverage. Defensive coordinator Joe Woods has had a short playbook because he isn’t confident in his back-end defenders. If Ward, Williams, and Phillips are healthy next week, you will likely see Woods dial up some blitzes and try to force Prescott into mistakes.
Don’t expect the defense to hold a potent Cowboys offense to 10 points but look for them to step up this week. Holding this team to 27 points would truthfully be a big win. If you can turn that into 23 with a red zone hold to a field goal, the Browns could be in business. Woods has been given the benefit of the doubt so far, it’s time for him to step up, and I believe he will.