Browns vs Vikings: 5 players who should determine outcome in Week 4

Browns Greedy Williams (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Browns Danielle Hunter (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

4. Vikings DE Danielle Hunter

Khalil Mack caused a big problem for Baker Mayfield and the Browns offensive until he suffered an injury in the second quarter. Mack returned, but he wasn’t the same player.

The takeaway, though, is that the Browns offensive line can be exploited and the unit is still banged up. Mayfield was sacked five times against the Bears, and Chicago was basically able to generate pressure all game, even without Mack at his best.

It’ll be interesting to see who Hunter lines up again, whether it’s Jedrick Wills or Jack Conklin. My guess would be Wills, because he’s still battling that ankle injury suffered against the Texans.

The Bears also have a really good linebacker in Eric Kendricks. He earned a pass rushing grade of 90 last week, notching a sack of Russell Wilson on one of three pass-rushing snaps, according to PFF. He had 11 total tackles (zero missed).

Kendricks has been a tackling machine, totaling at least 11 tackles in each game of the season. He has 37 on the season.

Can Mayfield avoid pressure? Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt force some misses? It may be be at the key for the Browns to extending drives.