The Browns are going for three in a row at a place where they’ve only won three games in their history, that’s enough to make me watch. Cleveland travels to Seattle to play the Seahawks at Lumen Field, at 4:05 pm EST. Seattle is ranked fifteenth in total offense averaging 330 yards a game, 224 yards passing, 106 yards rushing and 24 points a game. They’re ranked eleventh in total defense allowing 322 yards a game, 235 yards passing, 87 yards rushing and 19.7 points a game. Cleveland is ranked twentieth in total offense averaging 319 yards, 172 yards passing, 148 yards rushing and 22.3 points a game. They’re ranked first in total defense allowing 243 yards a game, 149 yards passing, 94 yards rushing and 19.2 points a game. What am I watching?

Browns Offense Vs. Seahawks Defense. Seattle’s defense is very good. Since all-pro safety Jamal Adams returned to the starting lineup, they’re the number one defense in the league allowing 237 total yards per game. They run a 3-4 alignment most of the time but will go to a 4-2 with Adams as a linebacker. For the fourth straight week, the Browns will play a defense with two great middle linebackers, Bobby Wagner and Jordyn Brooks. Seattle is good against the run and the pass. They have a great secondary and are in the nickel and dime 87.4% of the time. They have 23 sacks, however, eleven of those sacks came against the New York Jets. Their weaknesses are opponent third down conversion rate (28th in the league) and red zone defense (opponents score touchdowns 82% of the time when in the red zone). The Browns need to run the same offense they did against the 49ers. Attack the perimeters with the run, use the short passing game to set up the running game and be patient in the deep passing game. Find WR Elijah Moore and TE David Njoku early and often. Sustain drives and get in the red zone. No turnovers.

Browns Defense Vs. Seahawks Offense. Seattle’s offense has some very talented players at the skill positions. They run a play-action offense 90% of the time and are in the shotgun 58% of the time. When QB Gino Smith is successful in play action he completes 80% of his passes. When pressured it drops to 51%. Seattle’s offensive line is a mess. In the first six games, they’ve tried five different combinations. Their right side of the line is this team’s real weakness. RT Jake Curhan has a PFF rating of 56.6, RG Anthony Bradford, 59.5 and RG Phil Haynes, 47.6. Starting center Evan Brown may not play, rookie Olu Oluwatimi would start in his place. It’s so bad, there are rumors that 105-year-old Jason Peters may play at right tackle. The Seahawks use multiple running backs and multiple tight ends so the Browns safeties and linebackers will have to cover the run and the pass. Cleveland needs to disrupt the play action like they did against the Titans and the 49ers and pressure Smith. They need to continue to play man-to-man with three safeties in the secondary. Get turnovers.

The last time the Browns won in Seattle was in 1989 when the Seahawks were part of the AFC. The Browns offense will need to play their best game and everyone on defense will need to contribute.

 

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