After a week full of changes, the Cleveland Browns will continue to search for the first win versus the Green Bay Packers. The Packers are coming into Cleveland with a record of 6-6 and are tied for third in the NFC North with the Detroit Lions. The Packers are on the outside looking in when it comes to the postseason picture. The Cleveland Browns hired John Dorsey as their next General Manager Thursday evening. Since then, there is new energy coming out of Berea. Can the Browns feed off that energy to their first win?
3 Keys to a Browns victory:
- DeShone Kizer – Kizer has continued to struggle this season. Every time it seems like he has turned the corner in his development, he stumbles and fails to take that step forward. Kizer completed less than half of his pass attempts last week versus the Los Angeles Chargers. Accuracy has been a major issue throughout the season for Kizer. If there is any good news for him this week, it is that the Packers will be without their top three cornerbacks Sunday.
- Establish the run – The Browns have struggled to run the football all season long. Sunday versus the chargers, that trend continued. As a team, the Browns only had 22 carries for 89 yards. Quarterback DeShone Kizer had the most number of yards with 46 on 5 carries. Running backs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson Jr. combined for 43 yards on 17 carries. That simply shouldn’t be the case for a team that’s supposed to be a run-orientated team.
- Defense – In recent weeks, the Browns defense has struggled in both stopping the running and passing game. Since the Packers are still without Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, this may be a week where the defense can bounce back and help propel the Browns to their first victory of the season.
Browns – DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun (Knee, QUESTIONABLE), WR Sammie Coates (Knee/Ankle, QUESTIONABLE), TE Seth DeValve (Hip, QUESTIONABLE), DL Tyrone Holmes (Knee, QUESTIONABLE), DB Jabrill Peppers (Knee, DOUBTFUL), DL Danny Shelton (Chest/Ribs, QUESTIONABLE)
Packers – DL Quinton Dial (Chest/Knee, QUESTIONABLE), DB Demetri Godson (Hamstring, OUT), DB Davon House (Shoulder, DOUBTFUL), OL Lucas Patrick (Hand, QUESTIONABLE), LB Nick Perry (Foot/Shoulder, QUESTIONABLE)
Kickoff is at 1 pm on FOX. The Green Bay Packers are -3.0 favorite on the road.