3 Reasons to believe the Atlanta Falcons will beat the Browns in week four
By Nick Halden
The Atlanta Falcons end their west coast road trip after going 1-1 on the road and will return to Atlanta to take on the Cleveland Browns. Jacoby Brissett will be the starting quarterback with Deshaun Watson still serving his suspension.
This puts all of the focus for Atlanta squarely on Nick Chubb and the Cleveland run game. The Browns are 2-1 on the season, however, they have played the Panthers, Steelers, and Jets far from the better offensive teams in the league.
This has allowed them to lean on the run game and milk the clock playing keep away and allowing their defense to force Baker Mayfield, Joe Flacco, or Mitch Trubisky to beat them. While Flacco did pull off the improbable comeback Cleveland was able to slow Mayfield and Trubisky winning both games on late defensive and special teams plays.
For Atlanta, this game is going to be about whether or not they can continue the offensive success they have had through the first three weeks of the season and put pressure on Brissett and the Cleveland offense. The only time the offense felt that pressure was against the Jets and they responded but still lost due to a late onside kick and Flacco bomb. However, Atlanta has plenty of reasons to believe they will be the outlier and pull to 2-2 on the season even with Marcus Mariota at the helm.