Expect Cleveland Browns, Trent Richardson to Run All Over Indianapolis Colts
The Browns now stand at 1-5, still one of the worst records in the NFL, but no longer a threat to join the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers or 2008 Detroit Lions in infamy. The Colts, meanwhile, stand at 2-3 and follow up the first big victory of the Andrew Luck Era with a tremendous blowout.
Both teams play next week in Indianapolis, where the Colts are 2-1 on the season. Cleveland is 0-3 this season away from the confines of the "Dawg Pound," but look primed to not only extend its winning streak to two against the Colts, but also win its first road game of the season.
The Colts were exposed against the Jets, as they allowed New York to run for 252 yards and three touchdowns, with a long of 61 on the afternoon. Shonn Greene ran for 161 of those yards in 32 attempts and scored all three of those touchdowns. Joe McKnight had the large 61-yard run, en route to a three carry, 71-yard performance of his own.
For the season, Indianapolis is ranked 26th in the league in stopping the run, as it has allowed an average of 135.8 yards per game.
While Cleveland hasn't been very prolific running the ball (it's ranked 26th in the league and is averaging 77.8 yards per game on the year), it does have the ingredients to be able to run the ball effectively thanks to their No. 1 draft pick Trent Richardson.
How will Richardson do against the Colts?
Richardson this season has rushed for 343 yards on 95 attempts, scoring four touchdowns while averaging 3.7 yards per carry. If Cleveland wasn't playing from behind more often, there's a chance that Richardson would have more attempts, yards and touchdowns.
However, it should be noted that the Browns have also played teams that defend the run well in the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens. Richardson's best game came in Week 2 against Cincinnati, when he ran for 109 yards and a touchdown on 19 attempts.
Indianapolis' swiss cheese run defense provides Richardson with the perfect opportunity to have a breakout game. Cleveland should trust him at least 20 times, and he will produce against that defense.
The Browns themselves will get a victory over the Colts if that's the case. By putting Richardson into hyperdrive on the ground, Cleveland would give Brandon Weeden a chance to beat the Colts' pass defense.
Cleveland needs to run the ball to win on Sunday, and run the ball it will. Start Richardson on your fantasy team and get ready for him to break out, while watching Cleveland move to 2-5.
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