5. The play-action
Kevin Stefanski’s biggest task in Week 5 will be effectively rushing the ball against a defense that’s hallmark–so far–is stopping the run.
The Browns don’t need to run for over 300 yards, though, to be successful against Indianapolis. Rather, the backs just need to be effective, because if they are, they’ll unlock the play-action pass for Baker Mayfield, which has been his bread and butter thus far in 2020.
Browns fans have seen what the run game can do, as Mayfield’s made 23, 23, 30 pass attempts, respectively, over the past three week.
When he is throwing, he’s hitting tight ends as linebackers bite on fake handoffs to one of the Browns’ many stellar backs.
If the Browns can get going, they should be able to send the Colts back to Indy with a defeat. As you’ve already seen, the Colts are banged up at linebacker. The Browns should be able to create huge mismatches with their tight end.
Long story short: The play action will create high-percentage throws to big targets, which should help the Browns move the changes to victory.