3 big storylines for the Browns against the Chargers

Browns, Chubb and Hunt. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Browns, Nick Chubb. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 1: Can the offense keep up?

Cleveland comes into the Week 5 contest with the second-best rushing attack in the NFL at 187.3 yards per game, led by Nick Chubb, who is second in the league with 459 yards. The running game has picked up right where it left off and that could be another way for the Browns to limit the Chargers offense.

The run game has helped Cleveland to lead the league in time of possession at 35:38 minutes per game. If that can continue to be sustained, then this team will be in contention at the end to try and get to 3-2.

One area where the Browns must be more efficient is in the red zone. They came away with 10 points in three trips that were all inside the two-yard line. Against a team like the Chargers, you have to get seven points more than you get three, and that plays into Kevin Stefanski’s aggressive game plan.

Chubb said on Wednesday that the Browns “have to be better in the red zone.” He’s absolutely right and maybe he will get some goal-line touches if it comes down to that.

Another thing to note that will help Cleveland sustain drives is getting Amari Cooper more involved. The Falcons did a tremendous job of limiting Cooper to one catch for nine yards and the other receivers struggled to get themselves open.

This offense does possess the capability to keep up with the Chargers should this turn into a shootout, but dominating the time of possession could help prevent that from occurring.

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