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MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM
CLEVELAND, OHIO
8:15 P.M. KICK-OFF
 
 

TIPICO LINE:  BROWNS BY 1 1/2                                                 

 

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BROWNS POWER RANKINGS


USA TODAY SPORTS WEEKLY:    19th  (Previous Rank: 24th)


Many would suggest this franchise doesn’t deserve to catch a break, but the clouds seemed to be parting amid a 2-1 start. Then DE Myles Garrett was involved in a scary car accident Monday afternoon. Luckily, he wasn’t seriously hurt, though his football availability is TBD.




NFL:  17th (Previous Rank: 22nd)


Three weeks in, and Nick Chubb has a damn good case for the title of Best Running Back On The Planet. The Browns star was again a dominant force on Thursday Night Football against the Steelers, rolling to 113 yards and a touchdown in a 29-17 win. It was Chubb's third straight game over 100 yards from scrimmage to begin the year. The victory represented a huge lift for Cleveland after the team's baffling Week 2 collapse against the Jets. Chubb's ability to run through tackles and keep defenses off balance has been a prime factor in Jacoby Brissett's surprisingly strong start behind center. The Browns' offense has been balanced and efficient.




ESPN:  11th  (Previous Rank: 17th)

T
hrough three games, Jacoby Brissett is probably the biggest surprise on the Browns, and maybe one of the biggest surprise performers in the NFL. He ranks ninth in QBR (62.6), ahead of Justin Herbert, Matthew Stafford and Aaron Rodgers, among others. He has completed 66.3% of his passes and thrown four touchdowns with only one interception. The running game has been prolific, but Cleveland ranks fifth in offensive efficiency because of its quarterback as well. If Brissett can maintain this level of play, the Browns should be firmly in the playoff mix once Deshaun Watson returns from suspension in Week 13.



BLEACHER REPORT:  14th (Previous Rank 22nd)


Could the Cleveland Browns be…good?


Granted, the Browns haven't exactly played a murderer's row of opponents. But after handling the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night, the Browns are one epic collapse against the New York Jets away from starting the season 3-0.


After the game, head coach Kevin Stefanski lauded his team's resilience after the disaster against the Jets the week before.


"That's not an easy thing to bounce back from," Stefanski said. "We talked about it on Sunday. We talked about it on Monday. What I'm proud of with those guys is you can't let a loss linger, and we won't let this win linger either. But I'm proud of how they responded. You've got to be resilient."


The Browns appear to have found a recipe for success. Ride a ground game that piled up 171 yards against the Steelers. Get efficient play from quarterback Jacoby Brissett. And grind out wins.


With the Atlanta Falcons next on the slate, the Browns could be 3-1 before entering a much more difficult stretch of the schedule. That's about as good of a start as they could hope for.


       

      BROWNS POSITION FANTASY RANKINGS

      Quarterback:  None Listed

      Running Backs:  Nick Chubb-2nd; Kareem Hunt-32nd

      Wide Receivers: Amari Cooper-15th

      Tight Ends:  David Njoku-5th

      Kickers: Cade York-18th

      Defenses:  Browns-17th

      FALCONS POSITION FANTASY RANKINGS

      Quarterback: None Listed

      Running Backs: Cordarrelle Patterson-22nd

      Wide Receivers: Drake London-9th

      Tight Ends: Kyle Pitts-18th

      Kickers: Younghoe Koo-4th

      Defenses: Falcons-24th

       
















      Matchup to watch according to USA Today Sports Weekly:


      Falcons WR Drake London vs. Browns CB Denzel Ward  

      London has adjusted well to the speed of the NFL game through the first three weeks of the season, but he'll get a real test against Ward, who is one of the best at his position. Despite London's considerable size advantage, Ward will make the rookie earn every catch in Week 3.







      Matchup to watch according to Browns Backers of North Jersey:

       



      Browns Linebackers vs. Falcons TE Kyle Pitts and QB Marcus Mariota


      The Browns linebackers are hurting.  Anthony Walker is hurt and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah left last week's game.  Thankfully Myles Garrett was not seriously hurt in the car accident, but if he cannot play, the linebackers could have their hands full with Pitts and a running QB in Marcus Mariota.


       

      Who will win and why according to USA Today Sports Weekly:


      The Falcons have had little success in five years at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Browns had extra time to rest after playing a Thursday night game.

                                 

      BROWNS-21 FALCONS-17

       

      Who will win and why according to Browns Backers of North Jersey:  


      The Browns offense is playing very well, the Falcons defense is not.  The Browns should be able to control the ball and the clock and pile up points.  The Falcons also score a bunch of points and the Browns defense could be down a bunch of players.  The Browns offense needs to score when they have the opportunity.

       

      BROWNS-38 FALCONS-27



      Who will win according to Browns Backers of North Jersey Member Marvin Lao:

      BROWNS-24  FALCONS-17



      2022 SEASON STANDINGS:

           

      BROWNS BACKERS OF NORTH JERSEY: 2-1
      BROWNS BACKERS OF NORTH JERSEY GUEST PICKER: 2-1
          Terry McNamara: 1-0
                     Rich McGrath:     0-1
                     Kevin DenBleyker: 1-0

      USA TODAY SPORTS WEEKLY: 1-2

       

       
       

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