It’s hard to say exactly how good of a team the Seahawks are.
At 2-3, they share an identical record with the Browns. The Browns’ 2-3 doesn’t feel so good, especially after back-to-back losses to Tennessee and Oakland. The Seahawks, on the other hand, won their last game, in week 5 against the Giants, and have won two of their last three games. Nevertheless, as Bill Parcells is fond of saying, you are what your record says you are.
Statistics can be somewhat revealing as well. And the stats say the Seahawks have one of the better run defenses in the NFL. The stats also say the Browns have one of the league’s worst rushing attacks.
It didn’t help that
But even before Hillis left the Oakland game, the Browns weren’t getting much in the way of production on the ground. Hillis averaged all of 2.3 yards per carry on six attempts.
And things didn’t get any better after
The Browns’ offensive struggles are many, but nothing is causing more problems for them on that side of the ball than their inability to put together a sustained ground attack, which has been an issue through most of their five games.
On Sunday, Hardesty needs to step up with a big performance and newly acquired
It’s true that Pat Shurmur’s offensive philosophy is to set up the run with the pass. It’s true that
The trend of the more passes-to-runs ratio isn’t likely to change any time soon. But what must change is the Browns’ effectiveness when it comes to being able to run well.
By all accounts, the Browns should have a solid enough offensive line to get the job done on the ground.
But the bottom line is that the Browns must be able to count on at least one running back, and preferably two, to give them the balance their offense so desperately needs … and to give them a chance to succeed against a strong run defense such as the one they’ll face Sunday.
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