The Game: Little did anyone realize just how important week 7 would be for both the Browns’ head coach Hue Jackson and Buccaneers’ head coach Dirk Koetter. The Browns are coming off another devastating loss to the Chargers on Sunday. Coach Jackson has once again found himself behind the eight ball. With a record of 2-3-1, another loss on Sunday could very well start the media chattering about how safe his job will be. The Browns will also head into a 3-week span of difficult games after. First the division-rival Steelers, then the high-powered Chiefs, and finishing with the Falcons. Week 11 is the bye and, oddly enough, a record of 3-6-1 would still keep Cleveland in the running for the playoffs.
The Defense: Coach Williams has found himself in a unique position for this game. Not only did he lose his defensive on-field coach in Joe Schobert (hamstring), he also lost the backup Mike linebacker in James Burgess (injured/waived). In 4 of the last 5 games, the Buccaneers have put up double-digit points. With #3 quarterback Jameis Winston completing 75.4% of his passes, the field is wide open. Unlike any other game coach, Williams will need to dial back the biltz at all cost and turn to a coverage game.
In only two games back from his suspension, Winston has already thrown 4 interceptions. If both defensive ends Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah can set the edge and force Winston to make mistakes, the Browns defense already famous for turnovers could keep that trend going. The Cleveland defensive tackle #93 Trevon Coley will have the best match-up against Tampa’s right guard #77 Caleb Benenoch. Benenoch has a PFF overall score of only 43.1 and a pass blocking score of 34. This should be his best game yet with getting middle pressure. Defensive back #23 Damarious Randall will be the key player for the defense keeping Winston in check on the deep pass, as cornerback #28 E.J. Gaines will be locked on #11 DeSean Jackson. #51 Jamie Collins Sr. will also have his hands full thanks to tight ends playing on his side. Tampa’s large framed tight end #80 O.J. Howard will be his most difficult match.Collins will need to keep Winston’s check down throws to Howard to a minimum.
The Offense: Everything coach Todd Haley has done with the offense this year needs to be put on hold. With the Bucs’s quick-scoring offense, the game could turn into a shootout by the second quarter. After the struggles from last week’s loss, it’s time to help rookie QB #6 Baker Mayfield. To help #6 succeed, Haley should place him in the shotgun 90% of the time. This will allow Baker to feel a little more comfortable and read the defense a little easier.
This has to be be the game for running back #29 Duke Johnson to get the majority of the snaps. Duke is strong in both blocking and running while always giving Baker an easy check down when the field isn’t open. The Bucs’s defense ranked 32nd in pass and 31st in interceptions. Using the 3 wide receivers set with Duke in the backfield would give the Browns a quick-hitting offensive to stay in this game. Overall, #11 Antonio Callaway would have the best matchup against #24 Brent Grimes. If Callaway truly wants to have his break out game Sunday will be his best chance.
I would pair Duke Johnson with Nick Chubb for Sunday’s game. It’s all about speed and power. With minimal carries, Chubb has shown he has both.
UDFA Da’Mari Scott was promoted from the practice squad. Scott was able to get in many reps with Mayfield during the preseason. We could see early chemistry from the pair. Scott along with David Njoku and Seth DeValve ( Who should see an increase in playing time) will play and Important role. This combo will be the safety valve Mayfield will need to keep drives moving down field.
Written By: @Chadp71
Edited By: @Robzie_