What are the 3 Cleveland Browns keys to victory over Philidelphia?
Coming off a victory over the Texans, the 6-3 Cleveland Browns will take on the 3-5-1 Philadelphia Eagles at First Energy Field Sunday on Fox. Even with a losing record, the Eagles currently hold first place in the NFC East.
Philadelphia came into 2020 of a late four-game win streak that got them into the playoffs in 2019 and set some high hopes. During that stretch, Carson Wentz threw seven touchdowns and no interceptions. Miles Sanders put up some numbers as a rookie, and Boston Scott came out of nowhere to win an offensive player of the week to cap off the year.
With Wentz heading into the prime of his career, the Eagles took a receiver in the first round in Jalen Reagor to add to the dual tight end threat of Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. The duo combined for 146 catches, 1,523 yards, and 11 touchdowns last season. While questions loomed regarding the offensive line, the hope was all these weapons and Carson Wentz would lead to another playoff push in 2020. While they are in the playoff race, this is not the season the Eagles expected to have. So what will the Browns need to do Sunday to leave First Energy with a win?
3. Keep riding the dynamic duo
Nick Chubb came back with a bang Sunday, leading the run game with 126 yards. The icing on the cake was a game-sealing 59 yard run at the end that he went out at the 1-yard line so the Browns could run out the clock. Kareem Hunt was no slouch racking up 104 yards on 19 carries.
The Eagles defense comes to Cleveland, giving up 133.0 yards per game, giving up 1197 yards and 14 touchdowns. These numbers fall in the bottom ten of the NFL against the run. The Browns need to feed the tandem once again and control the clock.
Right now, it looks like another bad weather Sunday, though nothing like this past week. That pushes the run game to the forefront again, and Chubb and Hunt should be ready to answer the bell as they have all year.