Browns vs. Falcons: 3 big storylines in Week 4

Myles Garrett, Browns. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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The Browns battle the Falcons in Week 4, and it will have several storylines that will matter if Cleveland wants to walk away with the victory

The Cleveland Browns got a bit of a mini-bye this weekend after their big win in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football. They got back to the practice field on Monday as they prepare to take on the Atlanta Falcons down in Georgia on Sunday. Cleveland got back in the win column after suffering a late-game meltdown loss the previous week against the New York Jets. Getting the victory was a good way to get that bad taste out of their mouth.

Now, they play an inspired Falcons team coming off a road win out against the Seattle Seahawks. Atlanta has been struggling so far this season but got some good output by their offense and some better defensive play to get by a mediocre Seahawks team. They have a really good running back in Cordarrelle Patterson and two highly touted pass catchers in Kyle Pitts and new rookie Drake London so the Browns’ defense will have to be on high alert.

Let’s take a look at some big storylines that will likely have to play out to decide how the game turns out in the end.

3 big storylines for Browns in Week 4

Myles Garrett, Browns
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No. 3: Myles Garrett suffers injuries in a car accident

The Browns defense made some progress in their recent win against the Steelers, especially in the second half of the game where their secondary made some stops and didn’t give Pittsburgh any big plays.

Cleveland, unfortunately, received word Monday that star defensive lineman Myles Garrett was injured in a single-car accident in the area and that has led to much speculation on his availability for the game Sunday. At this point, we don’t have enough information to know anything more about his status.

Beyond that situation, the team has a chance to continue to improve on defense by having better communication and playing as one unit. Defensive coordinator Joe Woods seemed to have more calls on defense giving his secondary more time in man-to-man coverage and that seemed to make a difference too.

Despite the Falcons’ struggles to this point, they did get a win over the Seahawks this past weekend and relied on a great running attack by Patterson, who went for 141 yards. Also, Pitts and London had nice games in the receiving department, combining for 141 yards and a touchdown, thus the Browns defense has to be ready for a tough game both on the ground and in the air.