Perea – Brawn insists the solution to their race-facing woes is simple. However, knowing the solution and implementing it are two completely different things.
“I feel like we’ve been saying that for weeks, but we just have to be a real gap,” midfielder Seon Taketake said on Wednesday. “Me myself and everyone else in the field. Just kind of doing his job and being the sound of a gap, that’s how we’re going to stop them. Obviously, we’re going to try to find some other ways to stop them. We just have to keep knocking him until we get it right.”
This is something the Browns haven’t done consistently this season. At least, they haven’t finished their last seven games.
Since linebacker Mike Anthony Walker Jr. left a Week 3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers with a torn quadriceps tendon in the season finale, the Browns defense has left plenty of gaps for opponents to overcome. Over those first three weeks, they allowed an average of 83.7 rushing yards per game.
In the past seven weeks, the Browns have given up 157.1 rushing yards a game, bringing their season average to 135.1, 23rd in the league. That total includes their only win over that period, in Week 8 against Cincinnati, where they only allowed 36 net yards on the ground.
In that span, the Browns also lost their backup linebacker, Jacob Phillips, to a season-ending torn pectoral muscle in Week 7 against Baltimore. This led to further confusion, with Takitaki now moving to play that position.
Coach Kevin Stefanski said “It’s hard for me to pin injuries on anything. Go look at every roster. Everybody deals with injuries. I don’t think it’s fair to say it. … You want to have all your guys and you miss those guys, but I don’t.” I think it’s fair to say that.”
It’s fair to say that the Browns’ defense has allowed opponents to have their best season when they see them. Their inability to maintain gap integrity allowed them to be snubbed by not the best rushing teams in the league, but some of the worst.
The Los Angeles Chargers is currently the 30th ranked rushing team in the NFL, but he ran for 238 yards in the Week 5 win. Two weeks ago, Miami’s running offense—currently 24th—ran for a season-high 195 yards.
Buffalo, the NFL’s No. 9 rushing offense, ran for 171 yards last Sunday in a win over the Browns. That total is just 4 yards short of the Bills’ season-high, which they set the previous week in overtime against the Minnesota Vikings.
“It’s football, man,” Takitake said. “It’s football. Get in the void and drag the ball, man. You know what I mean. Stop that kind of wrinkle-us running. That’s what they mean by rushing for the ball.”
The Browns’ next challenge is Sunday’s home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This challenger is the league’s last running rusher, who comes into the game averaging 70.7 rushing yards a game.
However, the Buccaneers are coming off their best rushing performance of the season in their November 13 victory over Seattle in Munich, Germany. Tampa Bay ran for 161 net yards, the first time since the season opener that he had passed the 75-yard plateau.
“Well, they’re starting to run the ball more,” said fullback Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. “Once they get to us, they’ll probably try to do more of that. A lot of crunches, a lot of stuff they do under center, so they pick that up more. Bye week, they’ve been passing a lot, but now as time goes on, they’re applying (Rashad White) more “.
White, a junior, ran for 105 yards in the win over the Seahawks. Third round Arizona State carried the ball 22 times in that game after carrying it a combined 34 times for 109 yards over its first nine games.
Tampa Bay ran the ball 44 times as a team against Seattle. This was 11 more touches than the previous season’s high of 33, which came in his season-opening 157-yard performance against Dallas.
Despite the fact that the Buccaneers have Tom Brady at quarterback throwing to Mike Evans and Chris Goodwin and Julio Jones at receiver, the Browns know their track record means they’ll at least try to continue what they did against the Seahawks. Which means Cleveland will have to try to change its own narrative lately.
“They’ve had some success,” Takitake said. “I feel like they’re going to see the tape, too. We just have to prepare for them. We prepare for them every week. We just have to do better once we hit that field. Sunday, the lights are on. Everybody’s watching us. We have to give it a better shot.” “.
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