It’s the Browns, lighting would strike if I didn’t watch. Last week, the Browns lost to the Chargers (damn it) and the Cardinals beat the 49ers. This week, the undefeated Arizona Cardinals travel to FirstEnergy Stadium to play the Cleveland Browns at 3:00 pm CST. What am I watching this week?
Browns Defense Vs Cardinals Offense. The Cardinals offense ranks sixth in the NFL. One-third of their passing yardage comes from a four-receiver set. Wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins, Christen Kirk, Rondale Moore and A.J. Green have nine of the Cardinals’ 10 touchdown passes. Arizona running back Chase Edmonds averages 5.5 yards a carry and former Steeler James Connor has five rushing touchdowns. Cardinal quarterback Kyler Murray leads the league in passing completion rate (75.2%). In passes between 10-19 yards, he’s 10 of 11 for 186 yards with a QBR of 149.1. In passes of 20 plus yards, he’s first in completion percentage (70.0) for 510 yards and four touchdowns. When pressured, Murray has a QBR of 110.0. A key injury on offense for the Cardinals is center Rodney Hunter. He is a pro bowl caliber center and has allowed zero pressures. The Browns defense is ranked fourth in the NFL and uses a four-man rush 65 % of the time (10th in the NFL) and they lead the league in QB pressures at 52.6%. Because the Cardinals are starting a new center and the starting RG Josh Jones has allowed 12 QB pressures (most in the league by a guard) this is a game that DT Malik McDowell could dominate. McDowell has 10 QB pressures and six defensive stops. While the Cardinals are 3-0 on the road averaging an 18-point victory margin, their offensive yards per game have decreased over that span. Key defensive players besides McDowell are DE Jadeveon Clowney, LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, CB Denzel Ward, CB Greedy Williams and S John Johnson III.