1. What can the Philadelphia Eagles defense expect from the Browns offense?
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski has done a great job in understanding his team’s strengths and weaknesses very quickly and has schemed his offensive playbook around that. Not to single anyone out, but Birds fans sure wish a certain head coach would do that. Stefanski’s largest success of the season has been his understanding of Mayfield’s limitations as a quarterback and as a game manager.
Stefanski brought his 11 personal methods from his time with the Minnesota Vikings but has primarily built his offense around a two-headed rushing attack. This machine of sorts features a very talented duo in Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. As a tandem, they have already eclipsed 1000 yards rushing. That’s terrible news for Philly’s defense as they rank near the bottom (26th overall) in being able to stop the run.
The Birds also have to worry about Baker Mayfield, who statistically isn’t the game’s best quarterback, but he’s surrounded by A-plus talent. Whenever Mayfield drops back to pass, he’ll have wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins and tight end Austin Hooper at his disposal.
The Browns can roll out various offensive formations to confuse opposing defenses. That includes two-back sets, three and four wide receiver sets, and some 12 personnel (two tight ends, two wide receivers, and a running back). They’ve even run a few trick plays. Despite losing Odell Beckham Jr. to injury, there are still tons of ways that this team can score. Advantage: The Browns