Cleveland Browns’ offensive line could be in for a rude awakening in Week 6

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If the injury statuses remains the same then the Cleveland Browns offense will look even worse than they have through five weeks.

The good news for the Cleveland Browns in Week 6 is that they won’t have to face Houston Texans defenders J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus. Unfortunately, that is due to injuries but that is also part of the game.

Not going up against some of an opponent’s best defenders typically increases one team’s chances to win a game. However, when that team is the Browns, that is far from a guarantee.

Not surprisingly, Cleveland has not done much on offense this season regardless of who the quarterback is. To start today will be Kevin Hogan but it remains to be seen if he will be effective enough from the get-go rather than coming into the game in relief of DeShone Kizer.

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Cleveland’s offense is a mess so far, often times being one dimensional. Through five weeks, the Browns are 21st in total offense with 320.6 yards/game. They also have the 16th ranked passing offense at 231.4 yards/game, which is quite a shock given the lack of talent surrounding the quarterbacks. Finally, Cleveland has the 25th ranked rushing attack, racking up 89.2 yards/game.

From Cleveland’s point of view, the hope is that Hogan will be able to help the offense enough to win the game. Don’t forget though, Kizer nearly won two games already as well. Whatever happens at quarterback happens, but they still need a healthy offensive line.

The Browns listed linemen Shon Coleman and J.C. Tretter as questionable for this week.

Even when the line is healthy they are not playing up to their ability. Now, that’s not a technique or coaching issue, but rather a talent issue. With such limited amount of resources on offense, no wonder the offensive line can only do such much before the offense falters due to a lack of play-makers.

Now, Coleman is a work in progress and is the lone question mark along the line. However, Tretter is a proven commodity. If both, especially Tretter can’t play today then it will be a long day for Hogan.

Seeing the numbers Cleveland is putting up with players like Tretter, Joel Bitonio, and Joe Thomas starting is embarrassing. Assuming one or both of the linemen doesn’t go, fans will be wishing the offense to get to the averages they put up.

For Week 6, Cleveland’s best case scenario is just topping their averages. However, I don’t see that happening.

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With no running game, Hogan starting for the first time, and the dynamic duo of Texans’ Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins, this game could get out of hand very quickly. Hopefully the Browns’ offensive line can step up, but we have already seen those results and it wasn’t pretty.