Browns vs Colts Preview

Both the Colts and Browns had horrible weeks last Sunday to begin their seasons. The Colts were humiliated in one of their worst losses in a long time and the Browns played dreadful against a Bengals team that many thought was a for sure victory. Going into this Sunday 0-1, both teams have a lot to prove.

Looking at the Browns, the offense last week was pitiful and they could not get into much of a flow when needed. Colt McCoy struggled to find open receivers late in the game and teams zeroed in on Peyton Hillis every time he touched the ball. The Browns managed to get on the board and took the lead in the second quarter but couldn’t muster many points beyond that.

Going in against the Colts, the Browns offense will have to limit false start penalties (which got them to a slow start against the Bengals) and develop a rhythm early on. Head coach Pat Shurmer will need to be a little bit more creative in his playing calling and calling more pass plays to the tight ends could put the Colts defense on their heels. McCoy seemed to do well by relying on his tight ends to get open last week and this could be a key point to this game.

In the backfield, Peyton Hillis struggled last week, however, fans had a taste of what Montario Hardesty is capable of. Against the Colts, splitting the playing time between both running backs could help the Browns take momentum. Teams seem to be figuring out how to stop Hillis, however, not much is known about Hardesty and creating ways to use both of them could help provide another spark the offense needs. Hillis seems to do well with short gains with needed and Hardesty could be the hidden gem the Browns were hoping for when they drafted him.

On defense, the Browns will not be facing Peyton Manning (who may be done for the season) but don’t count out Colts quarterback Kerry Collins out. Collins may have struggled last week, however, he has proven several times in his career he can get the job done when needed. With several receivers to throw to, Collins will be testing the Browns secondary early on and he won’t be afraid to go after Joe Haden and TJ Ward. The Colts offense can wear down any defense and won’t be afraid to try and catch the Browns off guard.

After last week’s debacle at home, many pessimistic thoughts and columns came out regarding whether or not this will be another poor season for the Browns. It is only the second week of the season and there is still a lot of football left. With some adjustments, fans could see what the Browns are capable of and this season is far from over. Fans saw similar poor play in week one of the 2007 season where Charlie Frye struggled to get out of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers but the adjustment made one week later proved to be the difference maker. Frye was dealt to the Seattle Seahawks a week later and Derek Anderson (who replaced Frye) went on to have a Pro Bowl season. With minor adjustments, we may be able to see what the Browns are capable of.

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~ by jeffrsabo on September 17, 2011.

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