Last week the Dallas Cowboys once against shot themselves in the foot on defense which led to losing 38-31 to the Seattle Seahawks. This week they are facing off against another hot team in the Cleveland Browns who pose a few problems for the Cowboys on defense. Time to take a look at the Cowboys week four opponent.
2019 Record: 6-10
Last Meeting: 11/6/16 Cowboys 35, Browns 10
Head Coach: Kevin Stefanski
Key Additions: TE Austin Hooper, DE Adrian Clayborn, S Karl Joseph, RT Jack Conklin,
Key Losses: LB Christian Kirksey, LB Joe Schobert
Biggest strengths and weaknesses
This Cleveland Browns offense is going to cause a few problems for the erratic Dallas Cowboys defense on Sunday. The area that they may have the most trouble with could be the pair of talented running backs on the Browns roster. Both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are both over 200 yards on the season, both can also catch the ball and make plays in the passing game.
This Browns offense likes to establish the run so they can give quarterback Baker Mayfield the chance to pick teams apart with the play-action passing game. That passing game has a lot of weapons as well in Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry and new tight end Austin Hooper. The Cowboys are going to need to keep this running game in check to keep this game close and pick up the win.
The Cowboys are going to be going up against another lackluster secondary so they have another chance to attack a weakness with their biggest strength. Quarterback Dak Prescott and his receivers could be in for another big day. The Browns have already given up 761 yards through the air and eight touchdowns.
Look for the Cowboys to attack this secondary the same way they did against Seattle. They should also be able to get the running game going this week. They really need Ezekiel Elliott to produce to keep the offense from being totally one-dimensional and could use his production in the passing game. .
On offense, the biggest x-factor that will determine the Browns success will be their ability to establish their running game. If they can it will be a long day for the Cowboys.
On defense, it will be containing the Cowboys passing game. They give up a lot of explosive plays to opposing offenses, if they do that this week Prescott will take advantage.