Cowboys vs Browns: Defensive Game Plan for Dallas
At NBC, I took a look at how Rob Ryan might want to attack Brandon Weeden and the Browns on Sunday.
Play a low-variance defensive strategy.
Ryan has an interesting decision on his hands this week. On one hand, he’ll be facing a rookie quarterback who has struggled mightily against the blitz, recording only 5.4 YPA and a 56.4 passer rating when facing a rush of at least five defenders. On the other hand, the Cowboys are the clear favorites in this game, and favorites generally benefit from “playing it safe.” How many times do you hear “If Team X can just get a big turnover or quick score, they’ll have a shot?” Well the Cowboys aren’t that team; they want to limit the potential for “easy” Cleveland scores, and blitzing tends to be a high-variance strategy, i.e. high risk and high reward.
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