The Browns are coming off of an impressive win vs. Washington and moved to a 2-1 record. The last time the Browns were 2-1 was 2001 and the last time where the Browns were over .500 was 2014. Now, the Cleveland Browns face a huge challenge this week, as they travel down to AT&T Stadium to face Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys in this Week Four matchup.
Although the Cowboys are 1-2, their record may not accurately depict them. The Boys lost a close game to the now 3-0 LA Rams in Week One with a final score of 20-17, came back and won against the Atlanta Falcons 40-39 in Week Two and last week, they went up against Russell Wilson & the Seattle Seahawks in an old fashioned shootout and lost 31-38. With no timeouts left, 16 seconds left and on Seattle’s 22-yard line, Prescott’s tossed a Hail Mary pass to a crowded end zone full of Dallas receivers and Seattle defensive backs. Prescott threw for 472 yards, three TD’s, two INT’s and was 37/57. They had two receivers with over 100 yards receiving, Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson, and the team as a whole produced 522 total yards. However, Seattle QB Russell Wilson led the Seahawks to victory by picking apart the weak Dallas defense. He threw for 315 yards, five TD’s and was 27/40 on pass attempts.
The Cleveland Browns and Washington Football Team game ended as expected…with a Browns win. 34-20 was the final score and it was mainly by the legs of Nick Chubb. In 19 carries, he ran for 108 yards and two exciting touchdown runs. Baker Mayfield had a decent performance; he was 16/23, threw for 156 yards and two TD’s. Washington QB Dwayne Haskins had an awful game. He threw three INT’s and was stripped sacked by Myles Garrett as well, but even after winning the turnover battle, there was still concern amongst Browns fans whether the defense is exceptional or not.
This upcoming Week Four game can end up being a high-scoring frenzy between the powerful running game of the Cleveland Browns and the intense passing attack of the Dallas Cowboys. According to NFL offensive statistics, the Browns are tied with the LA Rams for the 3rd-most running yards in the NFL with 511 (2nd is Green Bay with 515 and 1st is New England with 534). Dak Prescott and the Boys led the NFL in three categories: total offensive yards with 1,472, yards per game with 490.7 and passing yards with 1,150. This is definitely a concern for the Cleveland Browns secondary since they are ranked 21st in the NFL for total passing yards allowed with 761. The Cowboys are ranked 27th for total passing yards allowed with 831, and also in bad company among the top-seven worst defenses in the league, allowing 404.7 yards a game.
The Browns and Cowboys should be an interesting matchup, considering all of the stats previously mentioned. Each of their teams have strength with their offenses, however, each has a weakness with defense. This is a formula for a high scoring, back-and-forth battle between these two teams. Can Baker expose Dallas’ weak secondary and can the Browns tighten up on defense to stop Dak Prescott’s passing attack?
Be sure to tune in at 1 p.m. this Sunday to find out!