Cleveland Browns blueprint to victory: Turn Cincinnati over
The Browns have only forced seven turnovers this season. That’s way below where they were a year ago and has a lot to do with their current state of play. Last year, the team forced 28 turnovers including 11 interceptions and 17 forced fumbles. If the Browns want to get the season turned around they’re going to have to force the issue more.
We need players like Myles Garrett or cornerback Greg Newsome to come up big in the game. Garrett forced four fumbles in his season a year ago. Can he get to Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow and get a strip-sack? Can Newsome, the rookie get his first interception on the season? Whoever on defense can come up with a pick or a fumble will be a big bonus to the team.
Cleveland Browns blueprint to victory: Put pressure on Joe Burrow
The Cleveland secondary has been torched this season too many times to remember. To help that weak link of the team they’re going to have to get pressure on Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow from their front four defensive linemen. To help with that pressure Browns defensive coordinator Joe Woods is going to have to release his cornerbacks or linebackers to try and blitz more and create uneasiness for Burrow.
The Bengals quarterback has been sacked 20 times this year, three times in the last game against the New York Jets. If Cleveland settles back into those zone coverages and the defensive lineman can’t get to Burrow and there is no aggressive blitzing then Cincinnati will win the game going away.
However, if they can force the issue, and make Burrow uncomfortable then the Browns can win because Burrow will turn the ball over either on a strip-sack by Garrett or an interception to one of the Browns safeties or cornerbacks.