After week one Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said; “Nobody is going to run on our defense.” He may want to rally his guys. The Browns defense is falling in the stats after their game against Buffalo. The Cleveland Browns defense is ranked 24 in the NFL against the rush and 25th against the pass.
Playing 2 games in 4 days may have hurt the Browns defense, not to mention the Browns defense stayed on the field too long in the Thursday night game. Weeden didn’t have too many 90 plus yard drives the way Brian Hoyer did.
When a team can extend their offensive drives they give the defense time to rest. The Browns defense is ranked 4th for plays from scrimmage, that isn’t a stat you want to lead in. This means the defense is spending too much time on the field.
The Browns need to get the defense back to where they were before the Buffalo game. They need to do it before the Lions game this Sunday. The Lions offense has a way of taking defenses apart and they can keep a defense on the field far to long.
Cleveland will be facing the 6th ranked NFL passing offense when they play the Lions. The Lions rushing defense is ranked 22nd. Detroit likes to throw the football and the Browns secondary looks to be much improved this season.
Both Skrine and Haden are doing a great job this season and they continue to improve. Playing the Lions is going to be a tough test on the Cleveland defense and the Browns are going to have to find a way to stop Stafford if they want to continue their 3 game win streak.
Stafford is the NFL’s 4th ranked quarterback and the Browns are going to have to keep the pressure on him if they expect to stop him. Stafford has already thrown for 1524 yards and averages over 300 yards per game.
He has only been sacked 8 times all season. Cleveland is going to have to turn up the heat come Sunday.
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