It wasn’t easy, but the Cleveland Browns were able to secure their first win of the season.
They earned a 10-point victory over the Houston Texans in Week 2.
That probably was closer than many expected, but Cleveland was able to pull away at the end.
Now, the Browns must prepare for a matchup with the Chicago Bears.
A defense that intercepted quarterback Joe Burrow three times in Week 2.
The Browns are going to be without Jarvis Landry and might have to get creative here.
Last season, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a season-ending ACL tear.
The hope was that Beckham would be able to return as early as the beginning of the 2021 season.
Over the last few weeks, Beckham has been working hard to get his body right.
— Camryn Justice (@camijustice) September 15, 2021
The Browns desperately need OBJ back on the field with Landry going down.
Chicago has struggled to contain the passing game as seen by Matthew Stafford‘s 300-plus yard game in Week 1.
Hopefully, Cleveland can exploit that and use the return of OBJ to their advantage.
There is a good chance that Beckham sees a heavy volume of targets, assuming he suits up.
It has been a fairly average start to the season for quarterback Baker Mayfield.
The expectations were extremely high for him after his stellar 2020 campaign.
However, Mayfield has come out of the gate somewhat slow to begin the season.
He didn’t throw a touchdown versus the Kansas City Chiefs suspect secondary.
Then, Mayfield completed 19-of-21 passing attempts versus Houston, but finished with only one passing touchdown.
As already mentioned, the Bears have trouble containing the passing game.
Van Jefferson – He was free in drafts. Hopefully the Rams incorporate him into the offense more as the season progresses.pic.twitter.com/3S12bnNrKq
— Brad Starks (@RotoLounge) September 13, 2021
The loss of Landry likely points to more emphasis on the running game.
However, the Browns still have plenty of weapons on offense and need to show it on Sunday.
Mayfield needs to come out slinging the ball and post a multi-touchdown game.
There are few pass rushers in the league that can make as much of an impact as Myles Garrett.
That is why the Browns gave Garrett a massive extension because they know he’s a cornerstone piece on defense.
Through two games this season, Garrett has eight tackles, three quarterback hits, and one sack.
Myles Garrett vs Orlando Brown in a huge 3rd down.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 12, 2021
Not exactly an ideal start to the season for him, but fairly decent numbers.
Hopefully, things will get better for Garrett in Week 3 against the Bears.
An offensive line that has already allowed six sacks through two games.
Now, they have to deal with former first-round picks Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney.
There is a good chance that eventually the Bears’ offensive line breaks down and gives up a few sacks.
The Browns defense might be forced to step up, while the offense gets used to life without Landry.
Cleveland needs Garrett to step up and be a leader and keep the Bears in check on Sunday.