The New Orleans Saints take on the Cleveland Browns this Saturday and it's a must-win game for the black and gold. They're going to have their hands full with a Browns team that has a losing record but has the ability to be dangerous when they get a lead.
Let's take a look at three Browns players who are going to be difficult for the Saints to slow down this Saturday in Cleveland.
We all know that the Saints defense is garbage against the run this year. I don't know what the issue is since not much has changed on their defensive line but the unit cannot slow down rushing attacks no matter what the circumstance is.
That is horrible news considering that the Browns have one of the best running backs in the league. Nick Chubb is averaging 89.4 yards per game and is coming off a game where he fell just shy of 100 yards on the ground.
With the weather set to be chilly and foggy on Christmas Eve, the Browns are going to utilize Chubb heavily against a vulnerable Saints defense. If they fall behind early, Chubb will continue to be the prime weapon and the Saints better figure out a way to slow him down or it'll be a long day.
On the defensive side of things, the Browns have one of the best players in the league. Myles Garrett continues to prove why he was worthy of going No. 1 overall in 2017, notching 13.5 sacks on the year so far.
Considering how beat up the Saints offensive line is, I don't think I need to tell you how scary Garrett could be for this team. Andy Dalton has faced Garrett many times in his career considering he was still in Cincinnati when Garrett first joined the AFC North so he'll be itching to get the ball out quick so he doesn't get gobbled up by Garrett.
The best pass-catching threat for the Browns is none other than Amari Cooper, who the Saints are familiar with from his days in Dallas. On the year, Garrett has 932 yards receiving and seven touchdowns and it's even more impressive when you remember that Jacoby Brissett quarterbacked the Browns for the first 11 games.
Cooper is going to get his against a group of young Saints defenders. They just need to ensure that he doesn't take over the game.