Broncos visit Browns in duel of teams desperate for a win

Broncos visit Browns in duel of teams desperate for a win

Denver’s visit to Cleveland leaves the impression of being a showdown where the stakes are higher than in a normal October game.

CLEVELAND – One of the starting quarterbacks is limping, and the other has his arm in a sling. There are injuries from start to finish in both squads, and the two head coaches feel the external pressure, one of them, for the first time.

The Denver Broncos they are beaten and desperate for a win. The same happens with Cleveland browns.

Two teams with a history of meeting in significant games – three AFC Championship Games between 1986 and 1990 – meet on Thursday night, a showdown where it appears that the stakes are higher than in a normal October game.

“It’s huge,” acknowledged the safety of the Browns, John Johnson III. “It is a critical point in the season.”

So it seems to Broncos (3-3) and Browns (3-3), both coming into the game with major injury issues, notably the quarterback of Cleveland, Baker Mayfield, who is out with a shoulder injury, and the quarterback of Denver, Teddy Bridgewater, who deals with foot and quadriceps problems.

The Browns they have lost two in a row under the head coach Kevin Stefanski for the first time, and they will not have Mayfield, who has started 53 games in a row and hasn’t missed a game due to injury since 2013 with Texas Tech. Injury to Mayfield has affected their game and pushed Cleveland up a dangerous cliff.

Alternate Case keenum will start his first game since 2019. It is nothing new for the 33-year-old nomad, who came off the bench for the Minnesota Vikings and spend a season with Denver, accumulating a 6-10 mark.

“I am built for this,” he declared. “It’s what I’ve been doing throughout my entire career, not knowing if I’ll start until the moment of the game and not knowing who will be out there with me, introducing myself to players while I’m commanding the play, and that sort of thing. . I’m excited”.

Keenum will not have runners Nick chubb and Kareem hunt, both ruled out for calf injuries, and it is not yet known if he will be protected by the starting tackles Jack Conklin (knee) and Jedrick wills jr. (ankle).

The injuries, which accumulated over a short week, have complicated things for Stefanski, whose fragile defense along with some dubious play calls have drawn him a lot of scrutiny in his sophomore year. The Browns They entered the season with expectations for heaven. They are falling fast.

“It is definitely a must-match in a short week,” he admitted. Johnson.

Bridgewater got hurt on Sunday when the guard Graham glasgow stepped on it while throwing a touchdown pass during a demoralizing 34-24 loss to Las vegas raiders, who arose in the middle of the scandal by Jon gruden.

It is expected that Bridgewater play today – it’s listed as questionable – and hope to avoid the punishment he received from the Raiders, who beat him 17 times, sacked him five times, and forced him to throw three interceptions.

The Broncos they have lost three in a row, erasing a 3-0 start and shaking team confidence.

“I’m sure he’s shaken a bit,” confessed the head coach. Vic fangio. “It is difficult to avoid it. We must recover.”

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