The Cleveland Browns have a big task in the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and in order to win, the team has to worry about these three players.
The Cleveland Browns have to worry about the Dallas Cowboys passing offense. They’re arguably the past passing offense in the league through three weeks, even more, impressive than say the Kansas City Chiefs. The big difference is the Chiefs can play defense, the Cowboys, eh, not so much.
The Browns have to gameplan primarily for the passing game, as Ezekiel Elliott has been a relative non-factor through three weeks. That’s partly because the Cowboys have had to make up for their lackluster defense. If you can’t slow down the opposing offense, then the rushing attack largely becomes a non-factor.
That doesn’t mean the Cowboys defense is devoid of talent, they do have some to keep in mind. Sure, most of them are on IR but still. The team still has a pass rush to worry about and the offense has to worry about that.
These are the three Dallas Cowboys the Browns need to gameplan for.
Dak Prescott is leading the league in passing yards through Week 3. It’s very possible that after Week 4, he’ll still be leading the league in passing. The Browns need to know this and realize that the Cowboys offense goes as far as he does. If you stifle him, you can control the game. The problem is the front four will need to do most of the pressure because this Browns’ passing defense is terrible with all of the back seven going into coverage; let alone when it’s less than seven because of one or more players blitzing.
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They’re really good. Prescott has found three super talented receivers who can help make the passing game super easy for him. The Browns don’t have enough quality defenders to be able to cover one with any certainty, let alone three. How they’re going to gameplan for CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper is anyone’s guess but they have to.
The Browns have lucked out, the Cowboys defense is trash. Aldon Smith can’t cover to save his life but he can still chase down quarterbacks. He’ll be lined up against Jedrick Wills a lot, and that’s going to be a problem as Wills has struggled to adapt to the pro game. Smith could have a field day unless the Browns line up Andy Janovich and Austin Hooper on the left side more often.