Contrived grievances and motivation may even be pleasurable for followers and media, presumably a quantity of the gamers, however the sport between the Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers goes to be decided by a sequence of particular person matchups. each teams have some compelling advantages on this matchup that they are going to look to use.
pretty a bit is being made about quarterback Baker Mayfield. His exit from the Browns wasn’t amicable and he is the elevated passer on this matchup. however for pretty a little bit of who want this crew to hate Mayfield, they will be disillusioned on the quantity of gamers and coaches that alternate pleasantries earlier than or after the sport.
the actuality is that some gamers on the Browns protection who like Mayfield might ought to beat him simply as badly as anyone who might despise the opinionated Panthers quarterback.
The Browns may make use of a heavy quantity of a quantity of tight finish seems to try to place stress on the perimeters of the Panthers protection. Brian Burns is a proficient move rusher with distinctive quickness and suppleness, however he has but to show he can maintain up in the direction of the working recreation. Yatur Matos-Gross is better than Burns, however hasn’t fared pretty a bit elevated in the direction of the run. using tight ends might drive them to widen out or open up some pin and pull movement with the tight ends blocking down, which may embody newly signed veteran Jesse James.
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If the Browns can effectively handle their inside which might embody Derrick Brown, Matt Ioannidis and Bravion Roy, they might pay discover dust inside the working recreation, forcing the linebackers to cowl all of the sector.
1. DE Myles Garrett v. OT Ikem Ekwonu
Rookie left sort out Ikem Ekwonu is a sturdy athlete with spectacular purposeful vitality, however will not ever be worse in his NFL profession than he is on this recreation. he is tasked with blocking the appropriate defensive finish inside the NFL. If this recreation was to happen in week 7 or week thirteen, Garrett continues to be going to be the overwhelming favourite, however Ekwonu might have found his sea legs by that time. on this matchup, Garrett’s benefit may decide the sport.
even when the Panthers haven’t acquired somebody chip Garrett or merely double him on every play, they will expend further sources to try to sluggish him down. Tommy Tremble, their tight finish may even be the easiest possibility to go in that enterprise, however it stands to set off they are going to make use of a quantity of seems to try to drive Garrett to imagine and maybe play slower as he deciphers the appropriate plan of assault.
In any situation the place Garrett is receiving further consideration, he’ll nonetheless be anticipated to win, however the the rest of the line of protection has to have the vitality to cease up and take benefit. Jadeveon Clowney will face going by off in the direction of the Panthers most interesting offensive lineman, Taylor Moton a lot of this matchup which may mute his affect. This may even be an alternative for the defensive tackles to set the tone for the season in the direction of what might nonetheless be an unsettled inside in the event that they are going with Pat Elflein at center.
2. Browns Linebackers & Safeties vs. Christian McCaffrey
The Panthers are going to run the ball and see the place they will discover daylight. It may show troublesome to get exterior with the Browns defensive ends, forcing them to see what they will generate on the inside. McCaffrey’s athleticism may allow him to create some further yards.
however, it is McCaffrey’s potential affect inside the passing recreation which will be the larger drawback for the Browns protection. For his profession, McCaffrey averages 6.2 receptions for fifty two yards per contest. Having to account for McCaffrey can create factors for the the rest of the protection and overlaying the multitude of large receivers they’ve.
it is unlikely the Browns are going to merely resolve they are going to have one participant cowl McCaffrey on every play in an effort to disguise their coverages. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Ronnie Harrison Jr., Grant Delpit and John Johnson III may all discover your self in man safety in a given situation. in the meantime, the Panthers might try and engineer a situation the place Anthony Walker Jr. or Jacob Phillips is pressured to cowl McCaffrey in house.
three. TE David Njoku v. S Jeremy Chinn and LB Shaq Thompson
Between Jaycee Horn, Donte Jackson and C.J. Henderson, the Panthers may even be effectively outfitted to fight the Browns receivers, however David Njoku is the X-situation the Browns have been ready 5 years to evolve proper into a completely shaped playmaker.
Athletically, Njoku poses a attainable drawback for any protection. however, the Panthers have glorious athletes at each the second and third diploma of the protection outfitted with the scale and pace important to cowl a participant like Njoku. this might come all of the means down to how the Browns deploy Njoku to create some advantages, which may embody placing him out to the boundary to try to drive a nook to cowl him.
working again Kareem Hunt and fellow tight finish Harrison Bryant working routes may assist to open up Njoku, however when the Panthers endeavor to remove Njoku from the sport, they might be the gamers that discover your self benefiting. The Browns might discover your self using Njoku as a decoy in sure circumstances to open up performs elsewhere.
4. Browns corners v. WR D.J. Moore
With Christian McCaffrey lacking pretty a bit time to harm the previous two seasons, D.J. Moore has been the Panthers largest playmakers and is starting to get his due nationally. The Browns hope to show they’ve extreme-of-the-line secondaries inside the league and Moore poses an fascinating confirm.
Moore’s not solely quick, however he is extremely effective. he is three inches shorter than Donovan Peoples-Jones with out giving up a pound. Will the Browns have Ward shadow Moore or are the Browns content material to play sides as they usually ought thus far? When the Browns have three corners on the sector, grasping Williams may discover your self matched up in the direction of Moore in the event that they follow taking half in sides.
it may even be stunning if the Panthers did not throw a quantity of quick passes to get the ball in Moore’s arms to problem the Browns defensive backs to sort out him in house. whether or not it is Ward, Greg Newsome II or Williams, the Panthers playmaker has about 25 kilos on all of them and is aware of the means by which to take benefit of of his power.
5. OT Jedrick Wills v. DE Brian Burns
After a sophomore season marred by harm, Jedrick Wills is out to show he is the reply at left sort out for the Browns in 12 months three. Brian Burns is a twitchy move rusher which will make anyone look foolish. His get off is excellent and he can bend the nook pretty simply.
Oddly enough, Wills may even be elevated outfitted to handle Burns than most. If there is a criticism of Wills in move safety, it is that he is too involved collectively with his exterior hole to fight up area move rushes, leaving inside hole susceptible. He should notion he can set with out overextending to have the vitality to handle gamers who ought to assault or counter again inside.
presumably Burns is prepared to try to use Wills to the inside, however extra usually than not, he’ll try and win the race exterior to generate stress and take a look at and comprise the run so Wills should be as a lot as a consequence of the responsibility there.
Wills additionally should take every alternative to put on on Brians both inside the run or the move recreation. there is a distinction of virtually 70 kilos between the two gamers so when Wills is in a place to get his arms on Burns, he should play with a ending mentality to tire him out and take his will.