The Cleveland Browns will look for their third victory this Sunday when they travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams.
The Browns are coming off back to back overtime games. The Browns defeated the Baltimore Ravens in overtime in Week 5, and lost to the Denver Broncos last week in overtime. The Rams are fresh off their Bye Week and currently have a record of 2-4.
This will be a tasty match up for rookie running back Todd Gurley, who is coming off two huge weeks, where he ran for 146 yards in week 4 and 159 yards in week 5. The Browns run defense ranks dead last in the NFL, giving up 149 rushing yards per game.
To put into perspective on how well Gurley has been, the Rams only had 214 rushing yards in their first three games before giving Gurley the full workload in week 4.
What to look for:
Browns tight end Gary Barnidge can become the first Browns TE to record a touchdown catching five consecutive games. Barnidge currently ranks third among tight ends in yards with 413, and tied for second in touchdowns with five.
With another 300 yard game by Josh McCown, he could join Brian Sipe as the only Browns quarterbacks to throw for 300 yards or more, four times in a season. In weeks 3-6, only one quarterback (Philip Rivers) has thrown for more yards than McCown, 1,367 to River's 1,472 passing yards.
Running back Duke Johnson was not listed on the Browns injury report. Last week he was checked for a concussion and what thought to be a shoulder injury.
Break it down:
The Rams have been carried by their defense, because their offense ranks almost dead last in most offensive categories. They rank 31st in points per game, 32nd in yards per game and 31st in passing yards per game. The Browns rank in the top 12 of each of those categories.
What about Joe?
Browns cornerback Joe Haden remains in the concussion protocol and has missed last week's game against the Denver Broncos due to a concussion he suffered in the Ravens game.
"“He’s shown that it’s not too big for him. He’s gone out there and he’s taken what he’s worked on in practice, he’s got that to the field. He hasn’t been intimidated. He’s gone against some big name receivers," head coach Mike Pettine said about Pierre Desir's performance as the starter.
The Browns and Rams kick off on Cleveland 19 at 1:00 P.M. but don't forget we get your Sunday started with Tailgate 19 at 11 a.m. Bernie Kosar, Bob Golic and Chuck Booms join Zarrella each and every week. If you missed Tailgate 19, you can always see the highlights HERE.
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