I’m a Browns fan and I want to see if the team can win back-to-back games when playing a true road game, that’s why I’m watching. The Browns travel to Indianapolis to play the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium, at 1:00 pm EST. The Colts rank tenth in offense averaging 345 total yards, 229 yards passing, 117 yards rushing and 23.3 points a game. They rank 26th in defense allowing 357 total yards, 244 passing, 114 yards rushing and 25.3 points a game. The Browns rank twentieth in offense averaging 320 total yards, 173 yards passing, 147 yards rushing and 19 points a game. On defense, they’re ranked number one allowing 200 total yards a game, 121 yards passing, 79 yards rushing and 15.4 points a game. What am I watching?

Browns Offense Vs. Colts Defense. The Colts defense will be without their best run defender defensive tackle Grover Stewart who has been suspended for six games due to a PED violation. His replacement is former Brown Taven Bryan. With Stewart, the Colts held Jacksonville running back Travis Etienne to 3.1 yards per carry and the Jacksonville running game to 2.9 yards per carry. For the season they’re holding running backs to 3.6 yards per carry which is seventh in the NFL. The Colts defensive line features defensive tackle DeForest Buckner and defensive end Kwity Payne. Their linebackers are good but are suspect in pass coverage. The Colts pass defense is average, they allow a passer rating of 99% to opposing wide receivers, which is 21st in the league. They start two rookie cornerbacks. It appears that Deshaun Watson will start for the Browns. I hope Cleveland uses the same type of offense they did against the 49ers. A good mix of Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt running the ball and an occasional trick play using Marquise Goodwin. They need to continue to attack the perimeters. Again, use the short passing game to set up the longer plays downfield to Amari Cooper and Elijah Moore. Find tight end David Njoku early and often. Avoid turnovers and stupid penalties.

Browns Defense Vs. Colts Offense. The Colts offense will feature backup quarterback Gardner Minshew. Last week against the Jaguars Minshew was 33 of 55 for 329 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. The Colts will run the ball with running backs Jonathan Taylor and Zack Moss. Neither was effective last week. The Colts best wide receiver is Michel Pittman, Jr. Their offensive line is good, according to Pro Football Focus, they’re ranked fourth in the league, but their right tackle Brandon Smith is out for the game, rookie Blake Freeland will start in his place.

Additionally, their right guard Will Fries is the line’s weakest player. The Colts offense is good enough to move the ball into field goal range, where their kicker Matt Gay is off to the best start of his NFL career. Stopping the run will be key to the Browns defense. The Colt’s rushing attack is decent, and their passing attack has struggled. Against Baltimore, the Colts had 133 yards rushing and 188 yards passing. They sacked Minshew five times. Stop the run, pressure the quarterback by attacking the right side of their line and don’t let the Colts convert on third down. The Browns secondary has been very effective in man-to-man defense while playing three safeties, so if it isn’t broke don’t fix it. This would a great time for the Browns defense to score off of turnovers.

The bottom line is what the Browns do well, the Colts are bad at on both sides of the ball. Cleveland needs to have the same intensity they had against the 49ers.

 

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