Browns at Colts Game Preview

Sep 17, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer (7) throws before a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns will head to Indianapolis to take on the Colts this Sunday in a battle of winless teams.

While one team was expected to be in their current position, the other team was not. The Colts have not had Andrew Luck in their first two games and it has shown in the loss column.

His replacement, Scott Tolzien and newly-acquired Jacoby Brissett, have not fared well in those two games throwing for a combined 31-58 (53.4%) for 340 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. They have been sacked eight times.

While the Browns have only three sacks in the first two games, there is a possibility that Myles Garrett may be able to play. The number one overall draft pick has been out with a high ankle sprain.

Mary Kay Cabot of reported yesterday that Garrett is no longer in the walking boot. He was later seen running during practice away from the rest of the team.

“He has done everything he can do, and then some, trying to make sure that he can hurry up and get back… At the same time, we are going to be smart about it and make sure that everything is good to go, so that when he is ready to go, that he is really ready to go,” Head Coach Hue Jackson said after practice yesterday.

He also said that they will know more about Garrett’s status for Sunday today after practice.

Myles Garrett is not the only defensive player trying to get back on the field for the game Sunday. Linebacker Jamie Collins is still in concussion protocol and it remains to be seen if he will be able to exit the protocol before Sunday.

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Can the Browns’ offense get it going?

The Indianapolis Colts have given up 762 yards of total offensive in the first two games, 616 yards through the air. That is ranked 29th out of 32 teams. Both Carson Palmer and Jared Goff threw for over 300 yards against the Colts’ secondary.

Rookie DeShone Kizer has struggled in the first two games of his career, but that was expected. The NFL did the Browns zero favors giving them the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens in weeks one and two.

If there is one criticism that Kizer has received over the first two weeks, it’s that he needs to get rid of the ball more quickly. This has been a big factor of why he has taken so many sacks and is what caused the fumble against the Ravens.

Part of the blame for the sacks falls upon the wide receivers.

With Corey Coleman out with a broken hand, Kenny Britt is going to have to be worth the 4yr/$32-million contract he signed. Britt has struggled with drops and just an overall lack of effort.

Rashard Higgins was a nice surprise against the Ravens bringing in 7 catches for 95 yards. He is listed as the starting receiver in Coleman’s place.

Duke Johnson is a player the Browns’ coaching staff need to get involved more. He should average at least 15 touches whether it is running the ball or catching the ball.

The offensive line played better in week two than it did in week one. As they play more together and if they can stay healthy, the Browns’ offensive line is a Top 5 unit in the NFL.

Players to Watch

DeShone Kizer 

Sep 17, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer (7) throws a pass against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports

Kizer will probably be on this list every week. The young secondary of the Colts is vulnerable which could allow Kizer to have a good game this week.

I expect him to do so provided he doesn’t hold onto the football and take sacks. If Carson Palmer and Jared Goff can throw for 300 yards against the Colts, so can Kizer.

Rashard “Hollywood” Higgins 

As mentioned above, Higgins had a great game against the Ravens and he will look to continue that against Colts on Sunday.

As mentioned above, Higgins had a great game against the Ravens and he will look to continue that against Colts on Sunday.

Higgins has the spotlight on him for the next six-to-eight weeks with Coleman out with a broken hand.

James Burgess 

Sep 10, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James (81) scores a touchdown as Cleveland Browns inside linebacker James Burgess (52) defends during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

If Jamie Collins is unable to go this Sunday with a concussion, then Burgess will step into his role.

The Louisville product played well last week after Collins left the game. He is another young player that the coaching staff of the Browns have raved about and may have an opportunity to prove that.

Final Prediction

The Browns WILL get their first win of the season this week. For the first time since 2015, the Browns are favored against their opponent in Vegas, on the road nonetheless.

Cleveland Browns 30

Indianapolis Colts 16

The running game will finally get going and that will allow Kizer to pick apart the defense using play action. The Browns defense will be all over Jacoby Brissett and will not allow a passing touchdown. The Colts do not have one yet. Also, Jabrill Peppers is destined to break a kickoff/punt return for a touchdown at some point.

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