3 reasons the Cleveland Browns will beat New Orleans in Week 16
2. Saints offense is hurting
Leading up to this game, there were several players on the Browns who were outspoken about former teammate Jarvis Landry. Clearly, one of the leaders of the franchise for the four seasons he was in Cleveland, Landry headed to New Orleans this offseason following his release.
His return to Cleveland brought back some great memories, which were shared throughout the week. However, Landry won’t be taking the field on Saturday due to an ankle injury.
That’s not a major hit to the Saints’ offense since Landry hasn’t been very effective this season with just 25 receptions but the same can’t be said about Chris Olave, who is also out this weekend.
Olave, a rookie from Ohio State, leads New Orleans with 940 yards on 63 receptions. He’s dealing with a hamstring injury and that leaves the Saints without their biggest playmaker.
In years past, they would be able to turn to Alvin Kamara but their starting running back hasn’t been the same player this season. Kamara has 641 yards on the ground but is averaging just 3.9 yards per attempt with one touchdown. He has 53 receptions but is averaging just 8.4 yards per catch with two touchdowns.
Throw in the growing confidence for Cleveland’s defense and this could be one that gets away from New Orleans in a hurry.