The Cleveland Browns are coming off a high with a dominant performance in week one of the preseason. Here is what you can expect in Week 2.
I know the preseason doesn’t really count, but the Cleveland Browns getting a W in their first preseason game vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars is still a great confidence boost. Not only did they win the game, but they also won in dominating fashion.
The offense moved the ball at will up and down the field. They struggled to run the football, but the intermediate passing and screen game looked very strong. But more importantly, the defense looked to be revitalized. A lot of key starters didn’t even play a snap, and the defense was still suffocating.
With the correct personnel, we were finally able to see a piece of the man-to-man, blitzing defense, that Joe Woods wants to run.
Now the Cleveland Browns move on the New York Giants. This is preseason game No. 2, but with only 3 games this year vs. the historical four, you’ll likely see the coaching staff treat this game a little differently.
Not only are the Browns playing the Giants on Sunday, but they will also have multiple practices with the team this week in Cleveland. With that, let’s look at four things you can expect for the game this Sunday afternoon.
Cleveland Browns expectation No. 4: It will be physical
These practices throughout the week with teams before the preseason is great. It’s a controlled environment where starters can get some live reps, and it’s easier to try and prevent injuries. The one downside I have seen is that these players get a little too familiar with each other.
That can often lead to a very physical game and at least one or two personal fouls. An offensive tackle and defensive end have likely been going each other the last three days for drill after drill.
So, the first little thing that goes wrong in a game can set the other person off.
I don’t think Kevin Stefanski will allow anything like this to get out of hand, but you can expect this game action to be like a regular-season game.