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Browns Schedule Week 12: Scouting the Denver Broncos

The Browns are now 4-1 in their last 5 games and look to continue their hot streak against the Broncos on Sunday.

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The Cleveland Browns are facing another big conference rival this weekend in the Denver Broncos, who also happen to be on a 4-game win streak.

Though the Browns signed Joe Flacco earlier this week, Dorian Thompson-Robinson will remain the starter at quarterback for the team heading into Sunday’s matchup.

Despite the fact that Denver has seemingly started to figure things out recently, they still show a few big weaknesses each week.

They continue to have the league's worst run defense

Teams are able to move the ball on the ground at will every week against this porous run defense. Despite their size on the defensive line, this Broncos defensive front has a really hard time anchoring against the power run game. They consistently get blown off the ball and are driven into the feet of the linebackers. As of right now, Denver is allowing teams to rush for 160 yards per game and average 5.5 yards per carry which both rank dead last in the league.

Denver is having a hard time protecting Russell Wilson

Whether the offensive line is having trouble with communication on gameday or the runningbacks and tight ends are missing blocks, defenses are consistently managing to pressure Russell Wilson at an alarming rate. Even if you disregard the overall pressure rate, and just focus on sacks, he’s being sacked on 9.73% of dropbacks which is the 4th highest rate in the league.

The Broncos are having a hard time scoring in the red zone

This Denver offense is only scoring touchdowns in the red zone on 48.7% of their trips inside the 20-yard line, which is ranked bottom-10 in the NFL heading into week 12. When they do manage to get things going in this area of the field, they’re extremely one-dimensional as well. The only source of red zone touchdowns for the team so far has been Courtland Sutton catching jump balls in the endzone. They only have one total rushing touchdown on the season which is also the least in the NFL.

Given everything above, how shocked are you that the Broncos are 5-5 so far this season?