The Cleveland Browns have plenty of areas to improve on in their Week 11 game against the Buffalo Bills and if they do, they might pull off the upset
The news just dropped that the Cleveland Browns will be playing the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Detroit. The two teams were scheduled to battle in the snow up in Buffalo, but the NFL decided to move the game due to the storm.
Buffalo was already an 8.5-point favorite in this matchup and the line now has moved to 9.5 since the game will be played in a domed stadium. Clearly, being indoors gives one of the best teams in the league an even better chance to score points on one of the worst defenses in the league.
The Browns were picked apart a week ago down in Miami when they played the Dolphins. They were able to move the ball at will and crushed the Browns morale along the way. Can Cleveland regain any respectability this season and will that start in Detroit?
It doesn’t look like a favorable matchup as the Browns face one of the best offenses in the league. Stranger things have happened though in this rich NFL, so stay tuned. Here are three areas that if the Browns make an effort to improve on, they may give themselves a chance at a win.
3 areas the Cleveland Browns need to improve on immediately in Week 11
No. 3: The defense
It’s gotten very bad this season for the Browns defense.
The biggest issue comes down to a visible lack of effort. There are countless plays throughout the season that have that show numerous players on defense giving up on plays or trying to tackle players with terrible techniques. The defense, in general, is simply bad.
They’re giving up a ton of points every week and haven’t corrected much this season to counter the poor play. They’ve given up more than 30 points in four games already. In those games, they’ve been run over with teams racking up the yardage. They gave up 491 yards a week ago to the Dolphins which included 195 rushing yards.
With defensive players such as Myles Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney, Denzel Ward, and John Johnson III one would expect to see some better production. We just got word on Friday that cornerback Greg Newsome suffered a concussion in practice, so he’ll be sidelined on Sunday. His absence will hurt the team’s chances in secondary. The backside of the unit is already a mess.
A year ago, this team’s defense was considered a top-10 defense by the end of the season. However, they’ve fallen off that ranking in a big way in 2022. How they turn things around at this point is a mystery.
Adding to the issue, are team leaders Garrett and Johnson who continue to try and throw their team under the bus with their comments to the press periodically. Garrett recently discussed how their team wasn’t prepared to play the Dolphins and that Miami knew almost every move that the defense was going to make ahead of time.
The bellyaching and pointing fingers at each other could really take a rest as the team flounders. If they can try and play better together on Sunday maybe, they can pull off the upset over the Bills.