Dawgs By Nature:
- Scouting Denver’s big turnaround in our Q&A with Mile High Report (Chris Pokorny) - This Sunday, the Cleveland Browns take on the Denver Broncos. To help preview a few topics from the Broncos’ perspective, we reached out to Ian St. Clair from Mile High Report and exchanged five questions with him.
- 2023 Browns season: NFL point differential tells the story of a good, not great, team (Jared Mueller) - The Cleveland Browns are 7-3 going into Week 12 of the 2023 NFL season. Most fans should be overjoyed by that record even if the team was completely healthy. In reality, watching every game, the Browns could have/should have won two more games but also had a couple that they were lucky to come away with a victory.
- Browns vs. Broncos: Week 12 Need to Know (Thomas Moore) - The Browns head to Denver for a meeting with the Broncos, who have been a thorn in Cleveland’s side far too long. Here is everything you need to know about the game.
- Browns vs Broncos: 3 key offensive players that could make things difficult for Cleveland (Curtiss Brown) - Week 12’s matchup could be interesting for the Browns defense.
- Joel Bitonio nominated for prestigious NFL award (Jared Mueller) - The Cleveland Browns are known for their power run game. After last season, the Browns offensive line was considered Top-3. One of the main reasons is because of left guard Joel Bitonio. The rock and leader of this group were nominated Wednesday for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award and will represent Cleveland. All 32 clubs have a single player that they have selected.
- Browns CB Greg Newsome II sees ‘no added pressure’ with Denzel Ward out against Broncos (Beacon Journal) - Martin Emerson Jr. has played so much for the Browns it’s hard to view him as anything more than a starter. Then again, the second-year cornerback doesn’t view himself as anything more than a starter, even if there are realities where he’s not on the field for the first defensive snap of the game.
- What Dorian Thompson-Robinson must do to keep Joe Flacco on the bench (cleveland.com) - Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson is too busy staring into his playbook these days to look over his shoulder at 6-foot-6 former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco casting a large shadow behind him.
- Denzel Ward ruled out for Sunday against Broncos, but Browns remain confident in collection of corners (Browns Zone) - The NFL’s No. 1 pass defense will be without its No. 1 cornerback Sunday when the Browns take on quarterback Russell Wilson and the Broncos in Denver. The Browns (7-3) have won three in a row, while the Broncos (5-5) are on a four-game winning streak. Denzel Ward was ruled out Friday after not practicing all week with a shoulder injury. He was hurt Sunday in the win over the Steelers but finished the game.
- What actually makes a good NFL offensive coordinator? And are there fewer of them in 2023? (The Ringer) - Three OCs have already been fired this season, and offense is down across the board. But being good at this job requires a lot more than just play-calling and what fans see on the field on Sundays.
- Commanders fire DC Jack Del Rio, DBs coach Brent Vieselmeyer (The Washington Post) - A day after the Washington Commanders’ defense gave up 431 yards and 45 points in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Coach Ron Rivera fired defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio and defensive backs coach Brent Vieselmeyer. Rivera will call the defense for the remaining five games of the season, and Cristian Garcia, formerly the team’s assistant defensive backs/nickel coach, will serve as the interim defensive backs coach.
- Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson nears 5,000 rushing yards (ESPN) - The Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks were tied at 13 late in the third quarter on Oct. 20, 2019, and second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson convinced coach John Harbaugh to go for it on fourth-and-2 from the Seattle 8-yard line. Harbaugh called for “Quarterback Power.” The play was designed for Jackson to dart up the heart of the defense, and the Ravens QB didn’t stop until he reached the end zone, leaving two tacklers in his wake.