3 reasons the Cleveland Browns will beat the Chargers in Week 5

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Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns
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No. 1: Return of Myles Garrett

When your best defensive player is out, it makes things tough on the team, and for the Browns not having Myles Garrett available a week ago in Atlanta when they played the Falcons really hurt their defense. They couldn’t get to Marcus Mariota very often and that lack of pressure allowed him just enough breathing room to make a few important passes.

The Falcons also relied on their run game and punished Cleveland in the second half when they ran the ball on15 straight offensive plays. A healthy Garrett would have at least helped create some tougher spots for the Atlanta running backs to get through.

Now, Garrett has returned to practices and will play Sunday, after recovering from a very scary car accident a couple of weeks ago. He will have his eyes set on the prize this Sunday which is Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert. The gunslinger for Los Angeles is playing through a rib injury and that likely has the Browns defensive front and a player like Garrett ready to pounce on their prey.

In last year’s game, the Browns sacked Herbert only twice. Look for that number to double in this one. Maybe it’s Garrett that gets to him or one of his teammates. Whoever it is doesn’t matter as much as it is to getting defensive pressure on Herbert and making him rush causing mistakes.

Look for fireworks from both teams on Sunday and another shootout like a year ago.

Prediction: Browns 33, Chargers 30

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