If Browns can’t sack Vikings QB Cousins, they’ll try to beat his passes – News-Herald

The Browns have a strategy to beat the Vikings on Oct. 3 that they might not have had as they prepared to face rookie quarterback Justin Fields last week in his NFL debut.

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​is 6 feet 3 inches and 205 pounds. He is 52-53-2 as a starter. He’s known for one thing.

“He has the most slaps in three years,” said Browns defensive end Myles Garrett after practice on Oct. 1. our hands in the air, jumping and hitting passes so we can get it through second and long and third and long. “

The Browns fired Fields nine times. Garrett had 4.5. Not only that. They held the Bears 1 in 11 on the third down. Doing something akin to that at third base at US Bank Stadium, where the Vikings beat Seattle last week for their first win of the season, would be a big step towards improving to 3-1 and keeping pace with the Bengals for stay in the first place. in the AFC North.

The Vikings converted to third place down 42.5% (17 of 40) of the time. They are more balanced than the Bears because running back Dalvin Cook is rarely eliminated on first contact. Defensive coordinator Joe Woods said the Vikings have the best offense against the Browns this season – not counting Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt in practice.

“You can see they’re very good at what they do,” Woods said. “They have a variety of races and different ways of trying to attack you. We will have to be very good in attack and be disciplined in our gaps.

“You see Dalvin Cook – he has to be one of the best full backs in the league. We will certainly have our hands full with him.

The Browns offense has its own challenges. One is to avoid pre-engagement penalties. It’s obviously a goal in every game, but head coach Kevin Stefanski has said the Vikings’ home is the loudest stadium in the league because it’s glassed in. He knows firsthand how loud it can get because he coached in it before being hired by the Browns. He has seen other teams become baffled when fans in purple start screaming on the third try. To this end, the loudspeakers located next to the training grounds in Berea vibrated with simulated crowd noise during training on September 29, 30 and October 1.

“We are trying to achieve what we are capable of with these speakers,” Stefanski said after practice on October 1. “It’s part of life on the road in the NFL. We saw it in Arrowhead (against the Chiefs). You have to be really sharp in your operation offensively, and this place is going to demand the same. “

The Browns’ only loss this season was on the road in the opening game at Kansas City.

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