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2020 NFL Week 5: Colts at Browns Second Half Open Thread — Colts trail 20-10

Indianapolis Colts v Cleveland Browns Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

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FIRST HALF THOUGHTS

In terms of game script, the Colts have to be pleased. The Browns entered the game as the top rushing offense in the league by a wide margin. Cleveland hasn’t been able to get anything going on the ground and has been forced to rely on Baker Mayfield to throw the football. This should give the Colts the best chance to win the football game.

Sadly, the defense has been playing soft in the secondary and the defensive line has been unable to generate consistent pressure on Mayfield. The result is a lot of wide open passes at in open zones that sustain long drives. Cleveland are in no hurry to speed the game up and their ability to hold onto the football is taking the wind out of the sails of any Colts offensive rhythm.

In order to overcome the 10 point deficit in the first half, the Colts have to find a way to get off of the football field. There were two or three opportunities to create turnovers, including one that was a failed challenge, and Indianapolis needs to get one to go their way. When the offense gets the ball, it needs to find a rhythm and give the defense a chance to catch their breath.