Browns Keys to Victory over the Bills
At this point, the real key to the Browns getting a victory over anyone is playing as a unit. It looks as though Freddie Kitchens has lost his team. All the chips are stacked against them, so maybe the best will finally shine through. You all know by now that running the ball is a key every week. So here we go with the Browns keys to victory over the Bills.
Hit the Refresh
The Browns are eight games in and coming off a ton of drama from last week. It is time to hit the refresh button. 2-6 doesn’t matter. The next eight games are all the players and coaches need to care about because there is nothing you can do about the past. This mindset is easier said than done, but if they cant move forward and make things happen, then it will continue to spiral. A great way to do this is to go out and beat a good football team in the Buffalo Bills. Now is the time to take the next step.
The Browns came out of Denver with zero turnovers and only five penalties. Even in a loss that was a significant improvement from what we have seen all year. It must happen with regularity if they want to start winning some of these games. But discipline is not only turnovers and penalties. It is playing as a cohesive unit on both sides of the ball. We still saw breakdowns of this against the Broncos with big plays from Lindsey and Fant against the defense. We also saw this offensively with failures at the line of scrimmage.
The tackling must be crisp, and gaps filled because Josh Allen and Devin Singletary will make you pay if you are undisciplined. They are both athletic playmakers running with the ball. Allen is still a work in progress within the pocket and can be prone to turnovers. The key will be containment when it comes to shutting the Bills offense down. If Josh Allen beats you with his arm, then so be it. You cannot let him beat you with his athleticism.
On the offensive side of the ball, routes need to be crisp, and playmakers need to attack the ball. Running lanes were hard to find in Denver but could be easier in Buffalo. The run defense for the Bills has given up an average of 172.5 yards per game. That is where Kareem Hunt, back in the offense combined with Nick Chubb, could do some damage and control the game. The Bills are a legitimately good football team, and the Browns will need a great team effort to get a win. We will see if they can finally find that this week.
Get the Ball to Playmakers
It is time to put the ball in the hands of the playmakers. I don’t care how or when, but it needs to happen more. Odell, Jarvis, Hunt, Chubb, etc. must be the focal point if you want touchdowns instead of field goals. It is time for Baker to go out and be Baker. He needs to trust his guys to make the play. That also means getting the receiver he has shown the most trust in the entire time he has been a Brown. Rashard Higgins MUST get on the field more and be a part of things. At this point, it is time to shake some things up because what you’re doing hasn’t worked yet.
It is time to get Beckham moving around and finding a way to free him up like at the end of the game last week. We need to see some creativity with Chubb and Hunt in the lineup to take advantage of the mismatch that causes. Use Jarvis to beat a team up in the middle of the field. There are only eight games left, and these coaches are fighting for their job at this point. It is time to make these things happen.
The Browns clearly have more questions than answers right now. The playcalling is questionable. The defense is a rollercoaster from series to series. And finally, the stars are getting restless with it all. The question is, can they shut it all out and play an even cleaner game than last week? I am not sure what the answer to that question is. So as of now, I have to favor the 6-2 Bills in this one at 24-14.