Oct 25, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine reacts after a penalty flag during the second half against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams won 24-6. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Short Work Week
Having a short work week won’t help the Browns in this case. Thankfully they’re only traveling to Cincinnati on Thursday. They could leave Thursday morning and still make it to Paul Brown Stadium with plenty of time to settle in and get ready to play.
Despite only having to travel a short distance, they still only have a few days to get ready for a talented and undefeated Bengals squad. The Browns have not played many games in which they looked ready for their opponent from the start of the game. I do not expect that to change this week.
Not only will the short week affect who will be playing and who will not due to injury, but those factors will impact how the Browns prepare for the Bengals as well. The Bengals are far from a one trick pony.
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Besides maybe Green, the Bengals do not have many superstar players that can single-handedly take over a game themselves. They win games with a balanced and deep attack on both sides of the ball. There are plenty of different players and units that will be circled on the scouting report and many different areas that the Browns will have to be prepared to cover.
With only a few days to prepare for this game, the Browns will get enough work in to be prepared for everything the Bengals will show them.
If Cleveland was facing a team like the Chiefs or the Seahawks who are a little more one-dimensional, then I would nit be as worried about the shorter amount of preparation time. However, with how well the Bengals distribute the ball on one hand and with the many weapons on the defensive end, the lack of practice time will affect their performance Thursday Night.
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