Cleveland Browns matchup to watch No. 2: Defense vs Texans passing game
When Cleveland’s defense only gave up 10 points a week ago in the first half against the Chiefs that seemed to be a monumental accomplishment because of the lethal offense the Chiefs have. Even after Browns running back Nick Chubb fumbled the ball at midfield in the third quarter of that game, Cleveland’s defense only gave up the field goal.
After the Browns then went on to extend that lead into the fourth quarter to a nine-point advantage it seemed for a moment in time that the Browns defense had accomplished so much and would be praised for their battling all game. That, however, went up in flames as the veteran safety John Johnson III, who the Browns picked up from the LA Rams played Chiefs wide receiver Tyreke Hill poorly downfield on a prayer pass from Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the next Chiefs possession and helped change the rest of the games’ outcome.
In front of the Browns home crowd will be a good time for Cleveland’s defense to start showcasing their improvements. It doesn’t help that veteran linebacker Anthony Walker will be out for the next three weeks with an injury. But, supposedly safety Grant Delpit will get an opportunity at playing in an actual game. We’ll see if that comes to pass.
I look for the Brown defense to be more aggressive this game and really try and force the issue and focus on turnovers. Last season the Browns defense was good at forcing turnovers and when they did force the issue the Browns usually won. The defense had no turnovers last week though they had a few chances. I expect to see a few turnovers by the Texans and the Browns to capitalize.