Cleveland Browns: 3 keys to victory over the Eagles

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2. Attack Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz has not had the 2020 most expected after finishing off last season so strong. Wentz closed out 2019 with seven touchdowns over the last four games of the year and snuck the Eagles into the playoffs. He was on the field for all 16 games and put up 27 touchdowns, his highest since his second year in the NFL, to only seven interceptions. 2020 was supposed to be even better for Wentz and the Eagles. It has not.

This season Wentz has completed only 58.2 percent of his passes and is on his way to surpassing his career-high of 14 interceptions. He currently leads the NFL with 12 on the season. Wentz has also been sacked a league-high 35 times, which I am sure hasn’t helped. For the Browns, this plays right into what they want to do as a defense.

Myles Garrett and company are built to get after the passer and will need to make Wentz’s life miserable Sunday. With the line in front of Wentz, dialing up a few more blitzes might not be a bad idea either. This Cleveland defense has needed big plays to make an impact all year, and the interception machine that is Wentz in 2020 should give them a chance for a few. For the Browns to get to 7-3, they must create and take advantage of these opportunities to help an offense that has struggled a bit in the bad weather.

If the Browns give Wentz any breathing room, they could get a taste of the 2019 version and that Wentz can win a game on his own. Keep the heat on and capitalize on any mistakes. If the Browns defense can do that, we will all be enjoying another victory Monday.

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