1. Cleveland Browns can keep pressure on Cousins
Ideally, Vikings’ quarterback Kirk Cousins will be running for his life in this one, and based off some early statistics, the Browns are in a position to make this happen.
Amazingly, in Week 1, the Vikings’ offensive line surrendered pressure on 30.8 percent of Cousins’ drop backs. He attempted a whopping 49 passes.
So, what’s up with the offensive line? The Viking Age’s Adam Patrick shed some light on the disfunction, stating coach Mike Zimmer is starting a career backup at center (Rashod Hill(, while Ezra Cleveland Oli Udoh are playing out of their natural positions.
But what about last week’s shocking victory over Seattle? Cousins three 39 passes (completing 30), and was pressured 10 times. The Vikings allowed 3.0 sacks.
Minnesota’s offensive runs a lot like Cleveland’s. Run the ball, use mis direction to have success in play action and maybe try and and take a strike downfield every now and then.
But judging off what we saw last weekend from Myles Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney and Takk McKinley–the Browns defensive front should be able to make Cousins nervous. In fact, it’s imperative they do, because if he matches last week’s line (Cousins also threw three touchdowns), it’s going to be long, sad flight back to Cleveland for the Browns.