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This game is one of the more meaningless games as it features two two-win teams that have not been very good this year. The (2-5) Browns have had their troubles offensively. Baker Mayfield has failed to give much of a spark in this offense despite the addition of Odell-Beckham Jr. Nick Chubb has been the only real reason they have won any games with the third-most rushing yards in the NFL. On the other side, the (2-6) Broncos also have offensive problems but don’t have a Nick Chubb kind of player to pick up the slack. Their defense has managed to give them every opportunity to win. They have even gone through a quarterback change, seeing that Joe Flacco hasn’t been able to lead this offense to anything remarkable. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos matchup page.
Date: Sunday, November 3, 2019
Time: 4:25pm ET
Location: Empower Field at Mile High – Denver, CO
Cleveland Browns: S Eric Murray (O), TE Pharoah Brown (O), S Damarious Randall (O), OT Kendall Lamm (Q)
Denver Broncos: CB Bryce Callahan (O), S Will Parks (O), TE Jeff Heuerman (O), OT Ja’Wuan James (O), DE DeMarcus Walker (Q)
Cleveland Browns Analysis
The Browns are coming off a loss to the Patriots which is what we all expected. Baker Mayfield was limited to 194 yards with a touchdown and interception. Again, Nick Chubb was the only player to spark some life. He ran for 131 yards on 20 carries against the best defense in the NFL. He should continue to get 20+ carries a game if the Browns want to showcase a competent-looking offense. Mayfield has looked scared while playing. It shows in how many interceptions he’s thrown. He leads the NFL this season with 12 of them.
If the Browns win this game, it will because of Nick Chubb. The Broncos possess one of the best pass defenses in the NFL, averaging under 200 passing yards per game. Their run defense is on the other end and actually below average, averaging 109.8 rushing yards per game. This falls perfectly into what should be the Browns’ game plan.
Cleveland Browns Depth Chart
Denver Broncos Analysis
Joe Flacco took over as the Broncos quarterback to start the season. He has been the starter ever since, but a season-ending injury has forced them to find something different. Brandon Allen will be taking the reigns this week. Linebacker, Von Miller, said that he hopes Allen will be the Broncos form of Gardner Minshew, who took over for Nick Foles in Jacksonville. Allen has been a backup quarterback for three teams over the past three and a half years but gets his first chance to show what he is capable of.
Lucky for the Broncos, the Browns have the fourth-worst run defense in the NFL. Philip Lindsay and Royce Freeman will be able to lighten the load for Allen, and at the very least, let him settle in first. It will be important for the Broncos to establish the run game. The Browns have only allowed 5 rushing touchdowns despite averaging 143.3 rushing yards against them per game. Based on that stat, it may come down to Allen’s ability to finish off drives deep in the red zone.
Denver Broncos Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Chubb
Nick Chubb has been among the top rushers in the NFL this season despite the Browns’ problems offensively. He is set to continue racking up his total rushing yards this week as the Broncos have been a lot worse against the run than the pass. His 100+ yard game against the Patriots was impressive. There is no reason why he can’t replicate it this week. On the other side of the ball, Royce Freeman and Philip Lindsay should be busy as the Broncos are introducing their new quarterback.