The Browns have to worry about more Broncos than Teddy Bridgewater.
The Browns are down Baker Mayfield but the Broncos are not going to be without their starter, Teddy Bridgwater (*Update, Bridgewater is now listed as questionable and is 50/50 for the game). Bridgewater has shown to be less of a game-breaker and more of a game-taker. As is, he’ll take what he’s given. He’s a very intelligent quarterback who doesn’t take a lot of risks. He’s the type of quarterback you’d refer to as “death by a thousand tiny cuts”.
He’s done quite a good job stabilizing the Broncos this season, especially after the failings of Case Keenum, Joe Flacco, and Drew Lock. So while he’s not the same threat as a Justin Herbert or a Kyler Murray, if you give Bridgewater time, he’ll hurt ya.
So, with that being said, we’re going to look at some of his teammates that the Browns need to also worry about. These are the guys who can bite a team in the butt and really wreck someone’s season.
Three Broncos besides Teddy Bridgewater the Browns need to worry about
The former Chargers running back is now in his second season in Denver. While he’s not the elite runner some thought he would be in Los Angeles, he brings a duality to his game that has bitten the Browns in the backside more than once. He had 1,144 total yards last season, and that was without a competent quarterback under center. Gordon’s already back to catching passes like he used to, and that dual-threat nature will give an inconsistent Browns’ defense some fits.
He’s a shell of who he was three years ago but Von Miller at 65% is still better than 90% of the league’s defenders. He’s still capable of causing problems for the Browns, especially with Blake Hance being a better pass blocker as a guard than as a tackle. If the Browns don’t do a better job protecting Case Keenum, then it’s very possible Keenum gets knocked out and the Browns have to call someone like Cam Newton.
The rookie isn’t having the most dominant year ever, but he’s got loads of potential. The reason he’s on this list isn’t about what he’s done but what he’s capable of doing. The Browns do not have a cohesive offense at the moment. In what we’ve seen from Keenun in limited action, he looks aggressively pedestrian. It’s unlikely Keenum plays better than Mayfield, especially since he’s far more limited athletically than Keenum, so the odds of him rolling out and shrugging off defenders are less likely. Meaning, Keenum will take big hits, make big misses or turn the ball over due to the constant pressure. Either way, Surtain is looking to feast on Thursday.