Houston @ Cleveland Preview

Brianhoyerbrowns

WhenClevelanddraftedJohnnyManzielinlastyearsNFLdraft,manythoughtitwasjustamatteroftimeuntilManzielwouldtakeoverthestartingroleandleadtheteamtoasuperbowl。

ButBrianHoyer,(onetimebackuptoTomBrady)hasnotonlytakenthestartingjob,hehasalsoledhisBrownstoadivisionleadinoneofthetougherdivisionsinalloffootball。

Houstonhasnotbeensoluckywiththeirquarterbackplay。

AfterbenchingRyanFitzpatrickbeforetheHoustonbyelastweek,theTexanshavenamedRyanMallet(AlsobackedupTomBrady)theirstarterdespiteverylittlegametimeexperience。

ThequaterbackguruthatisBillOBrienwillhavehisworkcutoutforhimashisinexperiencedquarterbackwillhavetoplayagainstoneofthetougherdefensesintheAFC。

Theline:

Cleveland-3

Mypick:Cleveland

Tome,theresnodoubtthatClevelandwillwinthisgamebyatouchdownaslongasRyanMalletisthestarterforSunday。

ItshardenoughtowinyourfirststartintheNFL,andconsideringClevelandhasforced12turnoversintheirlast4games,itsverylittlelikelythatthisgameonSundaywillbeafeedingfrenzyforJoeHadenandtheBrownsdefense。

NottomentionthefactthatitwillbesnowyandloudinCleveland。

SnowyweathershouldfavortheBrowns,ateamwithasolidifiedgroundgameandatop5offensiveline。

SinceMalletisapurepocketpasser,hewillhavetorelyonArianFosterandAndreJohnsonaswellashisoffensivelinetogivehimashotatsustainingoffenseinthewildweather。

Malletwillalsohavetohopethathisdefensecanforcesometurnoversagainstoneofthemostefficientoffensesinthewholeleague。

Clevelandis4-1athomedespitethecompletelackofoffensiveweapons。

GuyshavejustcontinuedtostepupfromthedeepBrownsroster。

TerrenceWesthasonlystartedin3games,butalreadyhasbecometheteamsleadingrusher。

Theoffensivelinehasonlygivenup13sacksallseason。

ThiswillbethebiggestproblemfortheTexans,whorank21stinrushingdefenseand29thinpassingdefense。

Theyhavealsogaveupaleaguehigh19playsof30yardsormore。

AlthoughHoustonleadstheleagueinforcingturnovers,theywillhavetoputplentyofpressureonHoyerconsistentlyiftheyhopeforhimtomakesomeilldecisions。

ItsatoughweektobettheNFL,andwhentoughweekscomeyouneedafewgamesthatyoufeelconfidentenoughtobetthehouseon。

Thisisoneofthosepicks。

ClevelandissuchabadmatchupforHouston,IthinkClevelandcouldwinifHoustonhad3J。

J。

WattsandahealthyJadeveonClowney。


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