10 things to watch in the Browns’ Week 4 match-up and the NFL

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10 things to watch in the Browns’ Week 4 match-up and the NFL

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 Welcome to Week 4 of the NFL! This weekly column includes a lot of loose ends leading up to Sunday’s game.Pokorny’s 10 Things to Watch in Week 4 - Browns and the NFL1. Respect Around the NFL: The Browns getting that first win last week over the Jets was a big step forward. No longer does that lingering thought exist in other teams’ minds that “we can’t be the team that loses to the Browns.” Cleveland shot up in the power rankings. Pro Football Focus predicted the Browns to win in nearly a clean sweep among their analysts:It feels fantastic. We have suffered through plenty of miserable seasons [url=http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/nick-chubb-jersey]Womens Nick Chubb Jersey[/url] , but in particular, the first two years under Hue Jackson’s watch tested our patience more than ever before. An awesome comeback by Baker Mayfield was all I needed last week to believe in this team again. Even if Mayfield ends up having some rookie woes, he can stay in games with this defense the Browns have — can you believe the most points they’ve allowed in a single game is 21 points?2. Color Rush Uniforms: Who else thought the color rush uniforms the Browns debuted in Week 3 against the Jets were awesome? It really makes me look forward to 2020, when the team revamps the current uniforms yet again. As far as wearing the color rush uniforms again, you won’t have to wait long for them again. According to Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 the Fan, Cleveland will wear them two more times in 2018: in Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens at home, and then one more time later in the season.3. Oakland’s Pass Rush is Non-Existent: Imagine if the Browns, a few years from now, just said, “Sure, we will trade Myles Garrett away,” while having no one even close on the roster to replace him. That’s what the Raiders did with Khalil Mack, and their pass rush has suffered across the board.Oakland’s defense has 3 sacks [url=http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/duke-johnson-jersey]Authentic Duke Johnson Jersey[/url] , an NFL-low. Oakland only generates a sack on 3.26% of pass attempts, also an NFL-low. To compare, the Browns generate a sack on 8.41% of pass attempts.Per PFF data compiled by the Buffalo News, Oakland has generated pressure on 19 of 98 dropbacks in 2018 (19.4%), a mark that is the worst in the NFL. To compare, the Browns generate pressure 28.8% of the time.DE Bruce Irvin was once a decent pass-rushing threat with the Seahawks. He talked about the team’s current struggles in that department, but fans have questioned the lack of effort he gives on gameday:4. Haley & Hue - Trick Play Discrepancy: I’m not trying to make something out of nothing here — I just find this amusing, that is all. In Hue Jackson’s post-game press conference right after beating the Jets, he was asked about Cleveland’s successful two-point conversion looking similar to the Eagles’ “Philly Special.” Here was his response:And then here is what offensive coordinator Todd Haley said this week, when asked if the play was borrowed from the Eagles:5. Lots of Chances: Browns fans are stoked about the win over the Jets, but this team must continue making progress. The grind doesn’t stop here. Just think about some of the breaks that Cleveland had go their way against the Jets. Cleveland’s first two-point try failed before the aforementioned “Cleveland Special.” The league reportedly apologized to the Jets for the bad call.Cleveland also had the Jets drop a would-be interception on Baker Mayfield’s first drive and recovered a fumble by Mayfield; not turning it over either time resulted in 3 points. In the fourth quarter, Duke Johnson’s fumble was somehow recovered by Rashard Higgins, but that could’ve left the Browns’ comeback just short if the Jets had recovered it.One big step toward becoming a winning team [url=http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/myles-garrett-jersey]Womens Myles Garrett Jersey[/url] , though, is that you do prevail despite these types of things. Whether things go your way or not, you still play your game and finish in the best way possible.6. The Browns Have Avoided Penalties: The talk of the NFL these first three weeks has been the awful roughing the passer penalties that have been called. Through three weeks, though, the Browns have actually been pretty good in that department, as defensive coordinator Gregg Williams points out:Through three weeks, the Browns have had 20 penalties total called on them, which is below the league average. They have been especially better the past two weeks, where they only have 9 total penalties. 2 of those were on offense, 3 on defense, and 4 on special teams.7. Draw Play Dave Adds Baker Mayfield: Shout out to Draw Play Dave, who always does great NFL illustrations and just came out with one that adds QB Baker Mayfield to the long list of Browns quarterbacks since 1999:8. Kicker Concerns: One big factor to think about with Cleveland is that kicker Greg Joseph is still very much an uncertain. Here is what special teams coordinator Amos Jones said about him this week:9. NFL Week 4 Picks: I went 10-6 in Week 3, improving to 29-17-2 on the season. Here are my Week 4 picks.10. Predicting the Browns’ Week 4 Inactives: I predict the following players will be inactive for Sunday’s game against the Raiders:Projected Inactives: QB Tyrod Taylor [url=http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/baker-mayfield-jersey]Womens Baker Mayfield Jersey[/url] , WR Rod Streater, TE Seth DeValve, DE Devaroe Lawrence, LB James Burgess, LB D’Juan Hines, and CB Tavierre Thomas.I think Taylor will be inactive because of his back issues. Streater is still the newest receiver; he won’t be needed on gameday when Damion Ratley and Derrick Willies can already play. I’d like to see DeValve active over Orson Charles, but don’t know if he’s healthy enough yet. Burgess is out, and Hines was just signed as insurance.AFC North Roundup: September 27, 2018 It’s Week 4, and after Sunday the season will be a quarter of the way through. With no clear dominant squad in the AFC North, the serious part of the season is about to get underway. The main matchup in the division this week is Sunday night’s contest between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, but the Cincinnati Bengals also have a test ahead in the Atlanta Falcons. While all eyes will be on Baker Mayfield’s first NFL start against the Oakland Raiders this week, the rest of the division is also worth attention. Here’s what’s going on in Pittsburgh [url=http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/derrick-kindred-jersey]http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/derrick-kindred-jersey[/url] , Baltimore and Cincinnati.Baltimore Ravens: After years of struggling to find footing on offense, the Baltimore Ravens might have finally built up that side of the ball enough to make it among the best in the league. Baltimore Beatdown’s Jacob Loque details just how the Ravens offense “has gotten off to their most promising start in years.Looking to Sunday, Vasilis Lericos breaks down the five key matchups for the Ravens against the Steelers. And Logan Levy has the Ravens’ latest injury update, which includes the return of rookie tight end Hayden Hurst to the practice field. Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers are three-point home favorites over the Ravens on Sunday night, reports Behind the Steel Curtain’s Simon Chester. But the more interesting of the Vegas lines is the over/under point total. At 51 points, this is the highest opening over/under in the history of the teams’ rivalry.One key to a Steelers win on Sunday will be the involvement of now-healthy tight end Vance McDonald. Shannon White further makes the case that McDonald will be integral to the Steelers’ success throughout the season—but only if he can stay healthy. Another is finding a way to stabilize the secondary, and Nick Farabaugh’s answer is to start Cameron Sutton at cornerback alongside Joe Haden, rather than Artie Burns or Coty Sensabaugh.Cincinnati Bengals: It’s just three games into his second season, but Bengals receiver John Ross hasn’t yet looked like a first-round draft pick. With five receptions for 27 yards and a touchdown, Cincy Jungle’s John Sheeran wonders if it’s time to write him off or to give him more time before he’s branded the dreaded “bust.”Matt Minich takes to the film to illustrate how the Bengals offense can get the better of the Atlanta Falcons and their injury-ravaged defense on Sunday. One thing that will certainly help is receiver A.J. Green. Green suffered a pelvis injury in Week 3 but was able to practice on the rehab field on Wednesday, per Jason Marcum. Initially thought to be a long-shot to play in Week 4, it’s now possible Green will suit up against Atlanta. 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