Cleveland Browns: 5 reasons Browns will take over 1st place, upset Ravens

Cleveland Browns Odell Beckham (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cleveland Browns Odell Beckham (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
4 of 6
Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns Mack Wilson (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

3. Wilson will help slow down Lamar

Lamar Jackson had had a relatively easy go of things, shredding lightweights Miami and Arizona in the first two weeks of the season. Baltimore lost to the Chiefs in Week 3, as Jackson completed barely 50 percent of his passes.

Jackson is now getting a Browns’ team whose strength has been its defense.

Baltimore is going to run, as they did against the Chiefs. In that game Mark Ingram rushed for 103 yards, while Gus Edwards was good for 53 yards on seven carries. Jackson added eight carries for 46 yards.

So, why be confident in the Browns ability to stop the run? After all, they’re giving up 102 yards per game.

The front four should be able to get into backfield, of course, this is what makes Jackson so dangerous. That said, Joe Schobert is playing like a Pro Bowler, while defensive coordinator Steve Wilks is just scratching the surface with rookie Mack Wison.

Wilson made his first start against the Rams after Christian Kirksey as put on IR with a chest injury and made 5.0 tackles. The fifth-round pick is an athletic player capable of getting behind the line of scrimmage to take ball carriers down.

Some of asked about Jackson “spying” Jackson during the contest, and I don’t think that’s a good idea, nor is it needed.

If he just lets the game come to him, he should find himself in the necessary spots to make stops.