The Cleveland Browns have been without star DE Myles Garrett for the last two weeks.
In those two weeks, the Browns went 2-0, defeating the Texans and Jaguars.
This Cleveland front four has been the strong suit of this defense.
In his absence, Olivier Vernon and others stepped up, providing some assistance to the backend with ample pressure.
Entering Week 13, the Browns sit at 8-3 and second place in the AFC North.
They have a huge matchup against the 8-3 Tennessee Titans and seek to avenge their Week 1 loss to them last year.
The bad news is that Derrick Henry is coming off a monstrous game.
The good news is that Myles Garrett is set to return to help slow Henry down.
Myles Garrett Expected Back On Sunday
The Cleveland Browns were granted some help in the playoff race as both the Colts and Raiders lost this past weekend.
They hold the tiebreaker over the Colts, but lost to the Raiders a couple weeks ago.
While they can afford a loss in Week 13, a win will help propel them one step closer to clinching a playoff spot.
Browns DE Myles Garrett has missed back-to-back games due to COVID protocol.
Browns’ head coach Kevin Stefanski says Myles Garrett will be out for Week 12.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 23, 2020
Garrett was on track to become a legitimate candidate for Defensive Player of the Year.
Prior to missing Week 11 against Houston, Garrett was tied with Aaron Donald for most sacks in the NFL.
But, missing the last two weeks has hurt his bid at a chance to win his first award.
Regardless, all that matters for the Browns is that he returns sooner rather than later.
It appears as if he will be back just in time to stop Derrick Henry.
DE Myles Garrett on track to be cleared by Wednesday, Stefanski says.
— Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) November 30, 2020
If this is true and Garrett does indeed get cleared Wednesday, he will return to practice on Thursday and suit up on Sunday.
In the year of uncertainty, the NFL has had strict COVID protocols and rightfully so, as we are seeing the NFL’s worst nightmare unfold between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens.
Due to COVID infections on the Ravens team, the game got postponed for a second time and they are now set to play their game on Wednesday, December 2nd.
Cleveland will have their eye on that one as they are looking to edge closer to first place in the AFC North.
Cleveland Will Need To Slow Down Derrick Henry
The Tennessee Titans play very similar to the Cleveland Browns.
They are a run heavy team, that likes to control the clock and set up the play action with the run game.
This game will feature two of the best running backs in the league between Cleveland’s Nick Chubb and Tennessee’s Derrick Henry.
Highest-graded RBs in Week 12 prior to MNF:
1. Nick Chubb – 88.2
2. Derrick Henry – 81.1
3. Duke Johnson Jr. – 78.9
4. Damien Harris – 78.4
5. Aaron Jones – 75.9 pic.twitter.com/HcETFr9mGE
— PFF (@PFF) November 30, 2020
Both Chubb and Henry rushed for over 100 yards in Week 12.
They will be the main priority for both of these defenses.
Cleveland getting Myles Garrett back is huge as he will look to make up for his missed time in these past two weeks.