It will be the first meeting between the Eagles and the Browns since 2016, and there have been plenty of changes since then. The matchup in 2016 was Carson Wentz's NFL debut, and Robert Griffin III was the quarterback in Cleveland. Doug Pederson's team will travel to FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday as their opponents look set to have their best season since 2002 and make a playoff appearance, whilst the Eagles hope to move past their embarrassing loss to the Giants.
The Season so Far:
The Browns are currently 6-3 and sit one place outside of the wildcard places because of defeats to the Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders. Following their thrashing against the Ravens in Week One, things have settled down for Cleveland as they have found some consistency. Although they looked ready to have their own quarterback controversy with Baker Mayfield getting ridiculed for his performance in that season opener, he has recovered and thrown 15 touchdowns to seven interceptions.
Kevin Stefanski's team played the Washington Football Team and Dallas Cowboys in Week's three and four, and they managed to beat them both comfortably by two scores. It was the middle of a four-game win streak they went on, which also saw them defeat the Indianapolis Colts by two scores as well. They have also beaten the Cincinnati Bengals twice and most recently the Houston Texans as they find themselves in an unknown position at 6-3.
The only area of frustration for Stefanski will be how his team got bullied in all three defeats. With them all coming to AFC playoff rivals too, it will come as a cause for concern that they have struggled to gain any momentum in all three losses, scoring a total of 19 points.
The Biggest Threat- The Running Game:
The Browns moulded their offense around the running game, and they have the best one-two punch in the NFL with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. They both compliment one another nicely, and with the way the Eagles have played against the run this season it is going to be a long afternoon for Jim Schwartz's unit. Philadelphia spent all afternoon struggling to contain Daniel Jones, Wayne Gallman and Alfred Morris last Sunday; so facing an elite duo like that will be giving Schwartz nightmares.
Chubb made his return from injury against the Texans last Sunday, where he had 126 yards rushing and a touchdown. It is beyond ironic that he was allowed a chance to warm up before facing one of the NFL's worst defenses against the run, and in the bottom three for giving up rushing touchdowns. It will be the source of their offense all afternoon, as the Browns rank fourth in rushing yards and third in yards per attempt.
The Browns have also seen two low scoring games in Cleveland the last two weeks due to the extreme weather conditions. It will be something Schwartz and Doug Pederson must game plan for. However, it is hard to be positive, considering the Eagles have failed to stick with the run in windy conditions in their last two games.
What to Target- Get to the Quarterback:
The Browns offensive line has done a much better job at protecting Baker Mayfield this season, only allowing 12 sacks in nine games. However, the two games where they struggled against the opposing teams pass rush, caused total mayhem. In the losses against the Steelers and Ravens, Mayfield got pressured consistently and collapsed u