Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens: Game Preview

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Oct 4, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back

Danny Woodhead

(39) is tackled by Cleveland Browns cornerback

Jordan Poyer

(33) as strong safety

Donte Whitner

(31) and inside linebacker Chris Kirksey (58) assist during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Browns Defense Is Playing Really Bad

Going into the season the thing I wanted to see the most was this Browns defense with the additions they had made on the defensive line. I thought that the Browns could be a top 5 maybe even a top 3 defense in the NFL.

Sometimes I’m wrong.

The Browns have given up a total of 406.2 yards per game, which ranks 32nd out of 32 teams in total defense. Dead last.

They’ve also given up 24.2 points per game which is the 22nd in the NFL That is absolutely unacceptable given the amount of talent that is on this Browns defense.

The defense has many different issues: missed tackles, lack of pass rush, bad pass coverage, bad scheming and tons of frustration by the defense’s leaders CB Joe Haden and S Donte Whitner.

I’ve said this all September long, THE TALENT IS THERE. I still believe in the defense and that this is a huge opportunity for the Browns defense to figure things out as a unit. If they’re going to do it, they need to do so fast. If you can’t stop teams from scoring then you can’t win. The teams don’t get any worse from here on in and the offenses don’t get much worse either. Now is as good of a time as any to start playing to their potential.

The Ravens offense is without their number one receiving threat this week in Smith Sr. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Yes, the Ravens still have Flacco, Forsett, and a couple decent WRs, but that’s about it. If the Browns needed a weaker offense to beat up on to get back on track, this is it.

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