The Browns will see the return of corner-back Joe Haden this Sunday as the battle of Ohio returns to the Cleveland Browns stadium. The fans and the team has missed Haden in the Cleveland secondary, that's for sure. The return of Haden in time to take on the Bengals could be just what the team needs to avoid setting a franchise record of 12 losses in a row dating back to last season that include the 3 starts back-up quarterback Seneca Wallace played in.
The Bengals have a very solid core of receivers that Andy Dalton spreads out his passes to. Last season when the Browns played the Bengals we saw one of those wide receivers beat Joe Haden on several plays. A.J. Green is a guy that is very difficult to stop. Green has the ability to make the spectacular catch, even if it is at the expense of the best defensive player on the Browns roster. Joe Haden has had a problem covering the 6 foot 4 wide receivers the Bengals love to throw the ball to. Green has 36 receptions in the 5 games he played this season for 493 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Green has an average of 13.7 yards per reception, if Joe Haden can return after not playing for a month and shut down A.J. Green it would be a big help to the Browns defense. Speaking of the Cleveland defense the fans have to wonder which Browns defense will show up this weekend. In the Browns 5 losses this season we have only see the Cleveland Browns play good defense in 2 games. The other 3 games the Browns couldn't stop their opponents from running the football straight down their throats. Cleveland gave up 200 yards rushing to one player in New York. They have to stop the Bengals from controlling the tempo of the game and running the ball.
If Haden's return can help Cleveland stop the Bengals from running the ball all over the Browns, then Cleveland just may have a chance to get their first win on the season. Lets hope the return of Joe Haden is the spark the Cleveland Browns defense needs... Nobody wants to see the Browns set a franchise record of 12 losses in a row...
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