1. Bears are a legit D, but Cleveland Browns can have success
It took Tyrod Taylor keeping things too close and Baker Mayfield getting hurt, but the Browns got back to running the ball against the Texans last week, and it really made all the difference in the game.
Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt should be a big part of the game plan on Sunday because they’re the key to getting Cleveland’s offense moving.
Chicago’s defense can make you pay: It registered nine quarterback hits on Joe Burrow in Week 2, and it also came up with three picks (Linebacker Roquan Smith returned one for a TD).
Chicago deploys a 3-4 scheme and does it effectively enough that they don’t have to use extra rushers to pressure the quarterback. Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn are the primary pass rushers who will be gunning for Mayfield.
If Mayfield faces duress, he’s got to be careful because Chicago free safety Eddie Jackson has six touchdowns–the most by a defensive player since he entered the NFL in 2017.
In bringing things full circle: Chubb and Hunt loosen up a defense and allow Mayfield those roll-out, play-action fakes. There’s no reason to believe Cleveland can’t have success on the ground, especially with the combo of their dynamic duo.