The New England Patriots will take on the Cleveland Browns tomorrow at noon in Gillette Stadium.
The Browns have a good enough defense to slow down the Pats offense and two great weapons on offense to score enough to win.
There are 3 keys the Patriots have to do to ensure a win and stay in the first seed playoff race.
Contain Jordan Cameron
– The Patriots will look to stop WR Josh Gordon first and they should because if they can’t their in for a long game. But there is another player they need to contain after Gordon and that is Cameron. Jordan Cameron is a big, strong, capable tight end who can torch the Pats defense if they don’t contain him. Cameron is good enough that if New England puts Hightower and Spikes on him he will destroy them in coverage every time. If Gordon and Cameron are both hurting the Pats defense then New England probably won’t win so they have to slow down Gordon and stop Cameron altogether. This matchup is the one I’m very interesting in seeing if New England can win the battle.
Also on another note Bess is a player to watch against Ryan or Arrington tomorrow. He reminds me of Jeremy Kerley – the player who torched Arrington and Pats in their 2nd meeting.
Get the number 2 WR involved.
– Joe Haden is very good and will probably be on Julian Edelman so Danny Amendola needs to make the 2nd or 3rd CB pay. If Haden is on Amendola then Edelman will need to get open.
I’m guessing Haden will be on Edelman though because of how hot Edelman has been the past two weeks. Haden is looking to bounce back from two forgettable outings.
I figure Haden will do good and I think Brady will test the other corners before testing Haden too much tomorrow which makes Amendola, and Gronk’s play even more important so the Pats need Amendola to bring his A game.
Stop the run
– The Browns will probably try to run the ball against New England because of the recent struggles in the run defense by the Patriots.
New England will need to make a point early that they will and can stop the run and force Jason Campbell to win the game.
The Pats will have to figure out a way to get back to the way they played the run against Carolina when they dominated the Panthers running game.