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Browns vs. Patriots NFL Week 10 Preview and Prediction

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On Sunday, the Cleveland Browns tackle the New England Patriots in Week 10. Below, we analyze a couple of benefits, disadvantages, or normal ideas in regards to the two groups earlier than attending to our predictions for the sport.


Game Analysis


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Battle of the Backup Running Backs

  • Much has been made this week in regards to the Cleveland Browns being with out Nick Chubb, who has COVID-19. Kareem Hunt continues to be not prepared to return again from his calf harm, and rookie Demetric Felton additionally has COVID-19. What about John Kelly from the observe squad, who regarded good throughout the preseason? No, he additionally has COVID-19.
  • This is fairly near the large receiver state of affairs the Browns confronted a yr in the past. However, I believe we’d all agree that it’s a lot simpler to plug in a operating again off the road than it’s to plug in a whole group of large receivers. And, thankfully for the Browns’ case, they do have one in all their operating backs accessible nonetheless: D’Ernest Johnson. Johnson was handled as a bellcow operating again a couple of weeks in the past towards the Broncos, and he got here by means of with a 22-carry, 146-yard effort.
  • The slight concern has to do with who the backup operating again shall be to offer Johnson a breather. The Browns known as Brian Hill up from the observe squad. He was a fifth-round choose by the Falcons in 2017. I really feel like I all the time at the very least have heard of backup operating backs by identify within the NFL, however for some cause, I had by no means heard of Hill and was stunned to see that in three seasons with the Falcons, he totaled almost 1,000 yards dashing and averaged 4.7 YPC. In 2020, he additionally caught 25 passes for 199 yards, so he presents a risk as a receiver too. Johnny Stanton can also be being known as up and might be utilized in quick yardage conditions.
  • What in regards to the Patriots’ operating again state of affairs? They are going through the identical problem as their starter, Damien Harris, has been dominated out with a concussion. Harris had 133 carries for 547 yards (4.1 YPC) and 7 touchdowns this season. The participant with the following most carries is rookie Rhamondre Stevenson, who has 35 carries for 136 yards (3.9 YPC) and 1 landing. Stevenson seems to have simply cleared the concussion protocol himself, however I don’t know if Bill Belichick will thrust him in because the lead ballcarrier. Veteran Brandon Bolden may see elevated motion on the bottom, though he has been the receiving again this yr.

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Being on Guard Against New England

  • The Browns’ win over the Bengals was nice final week. The entrance workplace simply re-committed to the crew’s two offensive guards, Joel Bitonio and Wyatt Teller, whereas transport Odell Beckham out of the door. And the protection has been taking part in very effectively.
  • Statistically, the Browns rank third within the NFL in yards allowed, third in dashing yards allowed, ninth in passing yards allowed, third in sacks/go try, and fifth in variety of first downs allowed per sport. For pretty much as good as they’ve been, they actually aren’t getting plenty of credit score. The massive factor that had been missing was turnover era, and they lastly acquired that towards Joe Burrow and the Bengals final week. Mac Jones has had his fair proportion of turnovers, so the protection ought to proceed to take care of their aggressiveness.
  • The Patriots, in the meantime, are at their finest with turnover generations on protection. Our Patriots’ affiliate famous that the protection performs very structurally sound, and that they combine issues up defensively by “showing blitz before backing out, faking or bringing overload pressure, moving between man and zone, and so forth.”
  • New England’s 5 wins have included 4 victories over the Jets, Texans, Jets, and Panthers. I do know it’s not a crew’s fault who they play, however these are a few of the worst groups within the league. The factor the Browns should be on guard with, although, is that it’s allowed this Patriots crew to construct some momentum, get the protection right into a groove, and get extra priceless reps for Jones beneath heart. While I believe Cleveland has the a lot better roster proper now, self-discipline shall be key right here.

Quick Hitters

  • It’ll be nice climate in Foxborough, with a sport time temperature of fifty levels and 9 miles per hour wind.
  • Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah returns this week. We’ll see what number of reps the teaching workers works him in for, however previous to his harm, he had turn out to be the crew’s high linebacker.
  • Baker Mayfield and Myles Garrett have been each battling foot accidents this week, however are working by means of them.
  • According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Browns are 2.5-point underdogs towards the Patriots on Sunday.

Predictions

Here are predictions from a number of workers members at DBN.