LUCAS OIL STADIUM, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
CONCENSUS LINE: BROWNS BY 1
Matchup to watch according to USA Today Sports Weekly:
Browns RB Isaiah Crowell vs. Colts LB Jon Bostic
Crowell is in a contract year, but his focus should be on this week and his chance to post his first big game of the season. The Browns are working out lots of kinks offensively and figure to keep things simple by focusing on the run game.
Bostic and the Colts are giving up only 2.5 yards per carry over the first two games and need to maintain that level of run defense to win a game.
Matchup to watch according to Browns Backers of North Jersey:
Browns RBs Isaiah Crowell/Duke Johnson vs. Colts Front 7
If the Browns and DeShone Kizer are to have any success on offense, the Browns need to run the ball, Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson need to hit the holes and hit the holes hard to gain yards. The Browns need to set up their passing game by establishing the run and giving Crowell and Johnson plenty of touches.
Who will win and why according to USA Today Sports Weekly:
The Browns have a better roster and better defense than they had last season, but the passing game remains somewhere between a mystery and a mess. The Colts were a mess in every aspect in their season opener but should have won last week before collapsing late. This one probably comes down to which team makes fewer mistakes and gives its young quarterback the most help, and with the Browns searching for confidence and having been bitten by the injury bug the Colts should win. After Brissett gained experience and confidence last week in his first start with his new team, look for him to make some big plays against a vulnerable secondary.
COLTS- 19 BROWNS-17
Who will win and why according to Browns Backers of North Jersey:
The Browns faced two tough AFC North opponents during the first two weeks of the season. The first week they played decent, the second week, not so much. The Browns need to cut down on the mistakes and turn-overs. DeShone Kizer will not have as tough a defense to face, the Browns should be able to run the ball and the defense should be able to get after the QB, with Andrew Luck out another week.
Who will win according to Browns Backers of North Jersey President Steve Stavrenos:
2017 SEASON STANDINGS:
USA TODAY SPORTS WEEKLY: 2-0
BROWNS BACKERS OF NORTH JERSEY PRESIDENT STEVE STAVRENOS: 0-2
BROWNS BACKERS OF NORTH JERSEY: 0-2