2. New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns
Sep 7, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is shown on the sideline as New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) and New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) are shown during their game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won 37-34 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
The Browns had been stuck in “Josh Gordon” limbo for the past couple of weeks, but his situation seems to be settled with a new drug policy in place. Cleveland won’t get him back for 10 weeks.
Their offense is still in pretty bad shape. Tight end Jordan Cameron may not be playing and running back Ben Tate is injured. Their hope is that running back Terrance West can find success on the ground and Brian Hoyer can get some good rapport with one of their receivers.
New Orleans played especially bad last week on the road. They couldn’t tackle, they couldn’t defend the run, they allowed Matt Ryan to carve them up.
The Saints have no problems on offense running or throwing the ball and they may get Kenny Stills back this week. That’s bad news for Joe Haden who got beat by the Steelers wide receivers last week.
The Saints struggle when they are on the road and they will lose this game if they can’t play better defensively. The Browns will need to lean on Terrance West until they can get something going in the passing game.