The Browns are above .500 for the first time since 2014 after a win over Washington where the defense stepped up, forcing five turnovers and the RB Nick Chubb powered offense churned their way to enough points to get the win. The Browns will look to start 3-1 for the first time since 2001 but will have to beat the Cowboys to do so, which they haven’t done since 1994. The Cowboys are 1-2 but still sit in a tie for first in the dreadful NFC East with Washington. The Cowboys offense has been spectacular, averaging more than 490 yards per game, which is the best in the NFL. However, their defense is giving up more than 32 points a game, third-worst in the NFL. The Browns will likely need QB Baker Mayfield to play well, as the secondary is Dallas’ biggest weakness.
Key #1: Get Mayfield Going
Baker Mayfield played well last week, throwing for two touchdowns and no interceptions, breaking an eight-game streak where he had thrown at least one. The Dallas secondary is absolutely dreadful and WR Odell Beckham Jr. and WR Jarvis Landry should get plenty of targets, which will also help open up TE Austin Hooper and WR KhaDarel Hodge. Mayfield will have fond memories of AT&T Stadium, the home of the Cowboys, having won the Big 12 championship in his last game there. If Mayfield plays like he did last time out, the Browns will be in a good position to win on Sunday.