INDIANAPOLIS- The Cleveland Browns take on the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Cleveland is dealing with multiple injured players including Jamie Collins, Myles Garrett, Sammie Coates and Corey Coleman. The Browns are normally plagued with a multitude of injuries which should not surprise anyone. The good news for the Browns is that Andrew Luck is not expected to play . Luck is currently listed as out for week three. Jacoby Brissett, the former New England Patriots third string quarterback, is expected to start.
Browns starting quarterback Deshone Kizer had a rough outing last week as he threw three interceptions and lost one fumble in the loss to the Ravens. Cleveland won’t have Britt and Sammie Coates. Josh Gordon is still waiting for reinstatement. The Browns receiving core looks depleted right now. Rashard Higgins has the ability to make occasional spectacular catches but he is still developing. Coleman is officially out for the season with a broken hand (not listed on the Browns injury report but he is on IR). The Browns will likely have to set up the passing attack by running the ball first then using play action passes. Isaiah Crowell wants more carries and he should expect to run the ball early.
Cleveland’s secondary takes on the challenge of preventing multiple touchdowns from T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief. The fact that Brissett will likely start should make things easier for the Browns defense.
This is going to be a sloppy game is both sides. The Colts offense is struggling without Luck and Kizer has very few weapons on offense. Cleveland is favored to win but this won’t be easy. The Browns will have comeback opportunity late but the usual heartbreak turnover on the final possession will doom the Browns.
The Browns are known as the youngest team in the NFL and penalties are a big problem.
Colts 10 Browns 7