The Browns go into Game Two knowing they put together a strong defensive effort against the Eagles, and hoping to apply the same pressure to the young QB of the Bengals, Andy Dalton.
Logic in Berea is if they could rattle long-time quarterback Michael Vick into throwing four interceptions, then the same results could be had down in the Queen City in the Battle of Ohio.
Dick Jauron, the Browns defensive coordinator, had to use two inexperienced linebackers last Sunday in L.J. Fort and Craig Robertson. Both passed with flying colors. Each had an interception by playing fast and aggressive.
This week veteran linebacker Scott Fujita is added to the mix after missing Game One. Fujita said that he “couldn’t be happier” as he watched the two young players rise to the occasion. Fujita will play in some base defense as he returns from preseason injury and seeing his NFL suspension overturned last Friday.
Joe Haden begins his four-game NFL suspension for testing positive for using a banned substance. Dmitri Patterson takes over, while Sheldon Brown will play, but might be hampered by a “stinger” suffered last Sunday.
Jauron had this to say about the plans to deploy Patterson:
“We have a number of options with Dimitri so there is a debate. We’ll just have to see how the week works itself out and where he ends up playing the most because we know we’re going to see a lot of three wide receiver groups from them. That’s how the whole league plays now.”
Cincinnati had a rough Monday night against Ray Lewis and the Ravens defense. Though the Browns are certainly not loaded with future Hall of Famers on defense, they do show promise, and that could go a long way as the team waits for Brandon Weeden and the offense to find its way.
The game kicks off today at 1 p.m.