The 5-7 Cleveland Browns have a big matchup coming up in Week 14 when they will travel west to take on Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals are the defending AFC champs and currently hold an 8-4 record, which is tied with the Baltimore Ravens for the best mark in the AFC North (the Ravens hold the tiebreaker, however).
If Cleveland is to have any chance of making the playoffs, it can probably only afford one more loss from here on out, especially given the depth throughout the conference.
Since it may be too early to expect Deshaun Watson to have a strong game, these two players will need to play their A game in order to get the Browns another win.
Browns fans think Garrett is the best pass rusher in the NFL, but as of this writing, he’s tied for only fifth in the league in sacks with 10.0.
Cleveland’s defense has struggled this season, and it ranks just 17th in passing touchdowns allowed, 27th in points allowed and 28th in interceptions forced.
It all starts with the pressure Garrett creates up front, and that pressure will be especially important versus Burrow, who has 3,446 passing yards, 25 passing touchdowns and a 103.7 passer rating this season.
Garrett has to take it upon himself to keep the Bengals’ air attack grounded.
Cincinnati has three of the game’s more productive wide receivers in Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd, so Ward will need to be on his game to make his man work.
Another defensive touchdown from him, whether it comes off an interception or a fumble recovery, would go a long way in helping to keep the Browns’ playoff hopes alive.
Funny stat I was just thinking about 🤣
Denzel Ward has as many touchdowns this season as Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry did combined for the #Browns last year. (2) pic.twitter.com/XdivmMRPDi
— MoreForYouCleveland (@MoreForYou_CLE) December 6, 2022
Tim Zifzal says
Denzel Ward is a phenomenal corner back .. Very well respected around the league. But seems more around the league than in his home town. Very sad.. Keep up the great work Denzel. GO BROWNS!!