Cleveland Browns Vs Indianapolis Colts preview
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 17: Kareem Hunt #27 of the Cleveland Browns runs the ball during the preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Season so far. 

The Cleveland Browns are three and one. The last time the Browns were in this spot, 2001. Kylie Minogue was number one in the charts.

Events in Dallas have pushed The Browns into a good situation. The rushing attack may have lost Nick Chubb. Still, with Kareem Hunt and breakout second year running back D'ernest Johnson, The Browns showed that running the ball won't falter without one of the leagues top backs in Chubb, with a total of 307 rushing yards the Browns have a game plan and will look to stick to it this week. 

The Browns have won three in a row after the comfortable defeat to the Ravens in Week one, another tough assignment is in front of the Dawg pound this week. 

The Colts are also on a recent rush of form after the opening week comeback defeat to The Jaguars. 

With comfortable victories over lacklustre Vikings, Jets, and Bears the Colts are on a roll with Phillip Rivers driving them to wins. With wins in spots where last season Colts nation would not have tasted defeat.

 The Colts are in for a battle in the AFC South with the Titans, but Coronavirus positives have dented the Titans season, and a win would pile on the pressure.

What changed for Colts Nation this season? Phillip Rivers; the 38-year-old veteran has been lights out for The Colts this season, but Head Coach Frank Reich isn't popping the champagne yet: 

"I think Philip's playing really well. I think as an offence. We're still just learning to hit our stride … like other teams." 

 

Reich, of course, is right; both teams are just learning what it is they can do. 

What the stats say

The Browns have to top-ranked rushing offence in the NFL, according to Pro Football focus, and on the flip the side The Colts have PFF's top-ranked defence. 

However, The Browns have the third-worst passing defence, and while Phillip Rivers is second in terms of the completion of throws over ten yards, the overall Colts offence is 21st according to PFF. 

So, what do you do when one team has a defence, but no offense and the other has an offense but no defence. Hope one falters.  

This, of course, translates into the head to heads when both sides have clashed.

The all-time regular-season series between the teams is tied 15-15, and the Colts have won three straight against the Browns. Most recently in 2017 in Indianapolis, which saw DeShone Kizer throw three interceptions. 

The Verdict: 

Baker Mayfield shows us why he was the number one pick, with a touchdown winning drive. The Run game in Cleveland will always be sufficient the talent they have is just too much, and with Miles Garrett performing to such a high level this season, it will tough day at the office for Rivers. 

The Colts will score on the Cleveland defence as it just is not good against the pass as shown by the 24 straight points in Dallas last week, Rivers has the arm to cause problems, but the Browns have too many weapons. 

Game Prediction

Cleveland 24- 17 Indianapolis

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