The Cleveland Browns have received contributions from a number of different guys so far this season.
No one in particular shined in the opening loss to Baltimore, but Nick Chubb has certainly been a steady force out of the Browns backfield.
Odell Beckham Jr. and Myles Garrett have also shown glimpses of why they are referred to as superstars.
As we know, however, it’s never going to be a one-man show on any particular Sunday.
As the team gets ready to head down to Dallas to take on the Cowboys on Sunday, let’s look at some guys who could have big days for the brown and orange.
1. Larry Ogunjobi
Dallas has become a bit of a pass-happy team in recent weeks as Dak Prescott finished with over 50 passing attempts in their loss to Seattle last Sunday.
They have a steady rushing attack of their own in the form of Zeke Elliott, but Mike McCarthy loves airing the ball out.
With a talented receiving core including the likes of Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb, it could be a long day for the Cleveland secondary.
Of course, one way to counter that is to create a disruptive pass rush.
Defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi is someone who can help do just that.
#Browns DT Larry Ogunjobi on D-line: We have to attack to help the coverage.
— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) September 30, 2020
Ogunjobi is yet to record a sack this season, but I think there’s a good chance that changes on Sunday.
The Browns defensive line is a bit wounded as is, so Ogunjobi will need to continue to step up.
Adrian Clayborn was limited in practice on Thursday while Olivier Vernon did not practice at all.
It will be up to guys like Ogunjobi and Porter Gustin to help supplement Myles Garrett on the defensive front.
Ogunjobi has also been extremely disruptive in the running game this year.
If he can help limit what Elliott does on the ground, it could force Dallas into a one-dimensional offense.
Larry Ogunjobi splits C/G for TFL of McKissic. #Browns pic.twitter.com/Y5OxKM5B1n
— Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman) September 27, 2020
2. Wyatt Teller
It sounds a bit weird to say that an offensive lineman will have a “monster” day, but Wyatt Teller has certainly had a monster season to this point.
Pro Football Focus has him ranked as the third-best guard so far in 2020, with his buddy Joel Bitonio right behind him at the five spot on that list.
Top-graded guards through 3 weeks:
1. Ali Marpet – 88.5
2. Michael Onwenu – 87.6
3. Wyatt Teller – 87.5✅
4. Bradley Bozeman – 84.9
5. Joel Bitonio – 84.5✅ pic.twitter.com/LAymX5xoUx
— PFF CLE Browns (@PFF_Browns) September 29, 2020
Defensively, Dallas has not been good.
Part of that stems from a lack of pass rush, as was evident against the Seahawks.
They also rank 30th in points allowed across the NFL.
Needless to say the Browns should be looking to score plenty on Sunday.
With the Cowboys defensive front struggling as much as it is, Teller should have another great week of helping keep Baker Mayfield upright and paving running lanes for Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
Bitonio has also been limited in practice throughout the week, so the Browns may very well look to run towards Teller’s side more often against Dallas.
3. Mack Wilson
Going back to the defensive side of the ball, it may be time for Mack Wilson to make an impact this season.
He did play in week three against Washington, albeit for just six snaps.
Knowing the competitor Wilson is, he’ll be looking to be on the field much more against Dallas.
Adversity only made me a better person and made me stronger.
— Mack Wilson (@5mackwilson1) October 1, 2020
Again, this Browns defense is a bit beat up, so the healthier they can get, the better.
Getting Wilson back on the field would be a huge step in the right direction as that linebacker unit sorely misses his presence.
Dallas is a very athletic team offensively with a lot of speed.
Having someone like Wilson who can match that quickness and bring intensity is exactly what the Browns defense needs on Sunday.
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