CHUBB VS. PATRIOTS TODAY- Chubb spends more time in the backfield than any other running back in the NFL. That extra portion of a second he appears to use to wear down defenses. If the Patriots want to slow him down they can't get caught chasing him from behind or slowing down because it looks like he's about to be tackled. Almost all of Chubb's yards come after contact. The best way to be able to stop Chubb is by having a fresh defense on the field.
FLAWLESS SUBSTITUTIONS- Getting called for too many men on the field or having to call a timeout to get the right personnel on the field are reasons why teams lose close games. This has all of the markings of being a close one, so coaches and players need to avoid any freebies by knowing who is in and out of the game and making sure there aren't any lapses in communication.
LONG OFFENSIVE DRIVES- The Patriots' offense needs to play some complementary football today by matching any extended defensive drives with extended drives of their own. While we all like a quick score, saving those calls for after a 3 and out might be more beneficial in the long run.
SPECIAL TEAMS- Only being called upon to punt twice last week, Jake Bailey finally had a good game. Hopefully, that continues today. Punting for the Browns is lefty Corey Bojorquez. Bojorquez is having a better year than Bailey as 9 of his 17 punts have been inside the 20. Bojorquez has bounced around the NFL after spending his rookie summer with the Patriots. When it comes to kicking, I'd have to give the advantage to the Patriots and Nick Folk. Cleveland's kicker, Cade York, is having an up and down rookie year. In this young season he has missed to PATs. With the Browns up 30-17 and 1:55 left against the Jets, York missed a PAT. The Jets ended up scoring two touchdowns for the win.