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NFL Preseason 2014: 5 Bold Predictions For Rams vs. Browns

NFL Preseason 2014: 5 Bold Predictions For Rams vs. Browns

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The St. Louis Rams take on the Cleveland Browns Saturday night in Cleveland in each team's third preseason game of 2014. Both teams are 0-2 heading into the contest and the Browns are on the heels of naming Brian Hoyer the team's starting QB for the regular season. The third game of the preseason is a big one for those on the bubble, as teams must cut down their rosters to 75 players on Tuesday. Here are five predictions for the Rams and Browns.

5. The Browns' Running Game Will Continue Pace

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5. The Browns' Running Game Will Continue Pace

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If the Browns have done one thing well this preseason, it's been running the ball. In two games, running back Ben Tate has rushed 16 times for 76 yards and has averaged 4.2 and 5.1 yards respectively. The Rams' defense boasts a strong front-seven, but they're blitzing ability could allow Tate to get to the second level of the defense with ease.

4. The Rams' Defensive Pressure Will Force Brian Hoyer Into Bad Decisions

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4. The Rams' Defensive Pressure Will Force Brian Hoyer Into Bad Decisions

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Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer has been shaky throughout the preseason and he'll face another tough test in St. Louis. The Rams' defensive line is one of, if not the best in the NFL and their ability to bring pressure could force Hoyer into bad decision-making throughout his time on the field. Cleveland must work on its passing game and while the Rams' defense is a great barometer for the offense's progression, Hoyer could have a tough night.

3. The Browns' Defense Will Force Multiple Turnovers

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3. The Browns' Defense Will Force Multiple Turnovers

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Last week against Washington, the Browns' were able to force multiple turnovers including a fumble recovery and three interceptions. This week, the Browns' front-seven will continue to bring pressure on Rams' quarterbacks and force multiple turnovers. The Rams have relied on getting the ball out to their offensive playmakers so if Cleveland is able to bring pressure, defensive backs like Joe Haden and Tashaun Gipson should be able to jump routes.

2. Sam Bradford Will Put Up Strong Numbers in the Box Score

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2. Sam Bradford Will Put Up Strong Numbers in the Box Score

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Last week against the Packers, St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford put up a strong performance in the box score when he went 9-for-12, passing for 101 yards and a touchdown. Although Cleveland could be forcing Bradford into getting the ball out quickly, his receivers are capable of breaking off big chunks of yards which could fill Bradford's numbers in the box score this week.

1. Johnny Manziel Will Lead at Least One Touchdown Drive

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1. Johnny Manziel Will Lead at Least One Touchdown Drive

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Earlier this week, Brian Hoyer was named the starter for Cleveland's week one contest and Johnny Manziel seemed to have taken the announcement in stride. This week will be Manziel's first game without the pressure of competing for the starting role so he should be looser and fans could be seeing the exciting play that's synonymous with Johnny Football. Expect Manziel to lead the offense down the field for at least one touchdown drive.