Los Angeles Rams vs. Cleveland Browns: Week 3 Preview

The Los Angeles Rams visit the Cleveland Browns for Week 3’s Sunday Night contest on Sept. 22 on NBC at 8:20 pm.

The Los Angeles Rams will travel to Cleveland on Sunday to meet the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Rams lead the all-time series 11-9 after winning the last two in a row. If the Rams win as predicted on Sunday, they will remain undefeated in the NFL’s 100th anniversary season.  The two teams last met in 2015, and L.A. hasn’t played the Browns in Cleveland since 2011.

A fun tidbit about the two teams: the Browns defeated the Rams in the NFC Championship game in 1950, which was their first year in the NFL.

Can the Browns stand up against the offense of Jared Goff and Todd Gurley, or break through the defense of Aaron Donald and Corry Littleton?

Los Angeles comes into Week 3 following their victories on the road against the Carolina Panthers in Week 1 and beat the New Orleans Saints last week, 27-9. Jared Goff completed 42 passes for 469 yards in the first two weeks of play and passed for 283 yards and one touchdown last week against the Saints. Since 2017, Goff has a 14-3 record as a starter. He recorded a rating of 112.6 in Week 2.

Running back Todd Gurley has recorded 30 carries for 160 yards this season, including a rush touchdown last week. Gurley has 18 total touchdowns in the last 10 games on the road and has led the NFL in scrimmage yards and in scrimmage touchdowns.

Wide receiver Cooper Cupp recorded 120 receiving yards in Week 2 and had his fourth career 100-yard game. Brandin Cooks had 74 receiving yards and a touchdown catch last week, while Robert Woods has recorded 21 catches for 285 yards in the last three games against AFC teams.

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald has completed nine sacks in the past six games on the road and holds the record of 31.5 sacks since 2017. Linebackers Clay Matthews and Cory Littleton are responsible for one sack and eight tackles respectively. Matthews had a forced fumble and Littleton recorded two pass deflections in Week 2. Safety Eric Weddle also recorded a pass deflection and seven tackles against New Orleans.

Cleveland comes into Week 3 with a record of 1-1, winning against the New York Jets in Week 2 after falling to the Titans in Week 1. Baker Mayfield is 44-for-73 passes with 610 passing yards this season. He threw for 325 yards and a touchdown last week. Running back Nick Chubb had 98 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown last week and is aiming for his sixth game in a row at home with 80-plus scrimmage yards. He has 454 passing yards and four touchdowns with a 143.5 rating in his two career home games against NFC opponents.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. led the Browns with six catches for 161 yards and a touchdown last week, including his career-long 89-yard touchdown catch. Defensive end Myles Garrett led the league with a career-high three sacks in Week 1. Defensive end Olivier Vernon recorded two sacks and a forced fumble in two career games against the Rams. Linebacker Joe Schobert led the team with 13 tackles and a failed fumble in Week 2, and safety Morgan Burnett recorded a sack. Even though the Browns put up impressive numbers in their Week 2 victory, it will take solid and consistent play from Mayfield, Chubb, and the Cleveland defense to hand the Rams their first loss of the season.


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