2. WR Keenan Allen
For as much of a threat that Mike Williams is, Keenan Allen might be an even bigger threat.
Allen is one of the absolute best receivers in the NFL today and is capable of making any secondary throwing fits.
What makes Allen so good is his route running, nearly sure hands, separation, and footwork. He very well could be the best route runner going.
For the 2021 season, Allen has caught 28-of-44 passes for 294 yards, and a touchdown. He’s well on his way to another 1,000-yard season – he has four thus far in his first eight seasons – and his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl.
As mentioned before, Denzel Ward will likely be the man assigned to Allen on Sunday Afternoon. You can expect help from Ronnie Harrison when he isn’t helping with Williams and John Johnson III.
The Browns boast the league’s sixth-best secondary, as they are allowing 208.8 yards per game. They do allow 11-yards per reception, which Allen could factor into this Sunday as he averages 10.5 yards per catch.
Cleveland got a good test in Week 4 against the Vikings, matching up with Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. The revamped secondary allowed that dynamic duo to combine for nine receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown to Jefferson in the first quarter.
Allen caught seven passes for 36 yards on Monday night against the Raiders.
If the back half of the defense can hold Allen and Williams to something similar, it could prove to be the difference-maker in this game.