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The Browns come off of a tough one in Texas, and head back home to take on the up and coming St. Louis Rams on November 13th.
The Rams are a team that the Browns should be able to prepare for very well, as their head coach, Shurmur, was a former coordinator for the Rams. Although Josh McDaniels is bringing a different system to St. Louis offensively, Shurmur should know the tendencies of most of the players on offense, especially quarterback Sam Bradford.
The Browns and Rams are both up and coming teams, both with quarterbacks who excelled at the college level, both have stellar running games, and both desperately need wide receivers. However, the Rams were able to muster up a more successful season due to the fact that they play in the weakest division in football, the NFC West.
In this matchup, the defenses will be the key to who wins the game. Both offenses are decent, but whichever defense steps up, will be able to pull this game out.
The Rams run a 4-3 defensive scheme, anchored by linebackers James Laurinitis, who is rising up the ranks in the linebacking world. On the defensive line, Chris Long and James Hall combined for 19 sacks last season, but Browns tackles should be able to handle them enough to give Colt McCoy the time he needs to make plays down the field.
The Browns secondary will come through again, and linebackers Scott Fujita and D'Qwell Jackson should be able to assist both the defensive line and secondary, by getting to Quarterback Sam Bradford.
This game is a tossup. Both teams are pretty evenly matched, so it could definitely go either way. Bradford's ability as a quarterback may give the Rams the slightest of edges.
Prediction: Rams 24, Browns 23.