After suffering a high ankle sprain prior to the season opener on September 10th, the Browns 1st overall draft pick may be ready to make his Cleveland debut this Sunday. Myles Garrett was a limited participant in practice on Thursday and Friday and is officially listed as questionable headed into an interstate battle with the Bengals. This is the moment fans were waiting for ever since we selected the edge rusher first overall. It’s time to see if the juice was worth the squeeze.
It couldn’t happen at a more opportune time when Cleveland could use a boost. This defense needs an athletic rusher to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks. Through three games, the Browns have recorded only six sacks and seven quarterback hits. Christian Kirksey leads the team with 1.5 sacks and if I have to remind you, he is a linebacker. We need more penetration from the defensive front and the return of Garrett should help give the defense a tremendous boost.
Even Jason McCourty said, “Throughout training camp, just seeing what his ability is, you know he is a weapon for us. To see him back out at practice, I think our entire defense and team probably gets excited because we know the talent that he has.” The defense is composed of 11 players and the Browns have not been great, so if Garrett’s presence is a morale boost, I will take it.
Especially, with the Browns returning home to face a winless Cincinnati squad. Both teams are coming off tough losses and desperately need a victory. This game is totally winnable as we face a struggling offense that failed to reach the end zone in the first two games. Even when they did started scoring touchdowns, it didn’t last long. The Bengals blew a 21-7 lead over the Packers, managing just three points in the second half and losing in overtime. The offense looks stagnant at times with Andy Dalton averaging just 182.7 yards per game. He has been sacked 11 times and already thrown four interceptions on the year, although all those occurred in their first game.
These are good signs for Cleveland’s defense. If the Browns can create enough pressure on Dalton, they can force turnovers or at least stop long offensive drives. The key to winning this game is maintaining pressure on the Bengals offense. Our offense struggles at times so it is important to for our defense to step up. The much-anticipated return of Myles Garrett could motivate our whole defense. Let’s just hope we can get this beast on the field and feed him some Bengals for lunch.