5 reasons banged up Cleveland Browns will buck Broncos in Week 7

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1. Cleveland Browns defense due to shape up

Defensively, the Cleveland Browns have put forth a deplorable effort the past two weeks–especially in the secondary as Joe Woods’ defensive backs have left some of the best wide receivers in the league wide open.

What indicates the Browns might be better?

Playing the Broncos and Teddy Bridgewater helps. The Denver fan base is getting fed up after the Broncos failed to secure a franchise quarterback in last spring’s draft. Instead, they were left with Drew Lock vs. Bridgewater.

Bridgewater threw for three scores and over 300 yards against the Raiders last week, but only because Denver got down early. He also threw three picks and tried to force the ball downfield without much success.

Plus, while Cleveland’s secondary is terrible, the Browns’ defensive line is getting the job done, especially the combination of Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney at defensive end.

They’re going up against a line that just surrendered a season-high 35 pressures, according to PFF.