Browns list 5 players on initial injury report for Chargers week

This week is shaping up to be a much healthier one for the Browns.

While seeing five starters on the injury report today feels a bit daunting, it really is not too concerning at all. Joel Bitonio, Harrison Bryant, Jadeveon Clowney, Amari Cooper, and David Njoku are all not practicing today, but only one has a continued concern about their availability this Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Bitonio, Cooper, and Njoku are all out of practice today on scheduled rest days, while Bryant is listed with an illness. The only major concern continues to be the ankle of Clowney, whose status for Sunday is still in the air after missing the past two games as well. The other good news is that Myles Garrett has returned to practice for the Browns and is not on the injury report.

This week’s game is shaping up to be a much healthier outing than last week was against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Prince’s NFL Player Props: Amari Cooper could have another big game in Week 4

NFL Week 4 player prop bets.

Week 3 was a week of progress for me when it came to making picks against the spread. Unfortunately, the improved picking didn’t carry over to my player prop picks, with just two of those hitting last week.

The two props I nailed were players from teams that lost, which is actually becoming a season-long trend involving four of my five correct picks. The majority of props I’ve missed have been players on winning teams. It’s obviously just a wild coincidence, but so is the fact that most of my picks this week are from teams I expect to lose. So let’s hope that trend lasts another week.

Week 3: 2-4

2022 record: 5-12

4 Downs: What to make of Browns bounce-back win vs. Steelers

The Cleveland Browns beat the Pittsburgh Steelers by two scores on national television. What were the biggest takeaways?

Back to a winning record, the Cleveland Browns improve to a record of 2-1 after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers by a score of 29-17. As the Atlanta Falcons are next on the docket for Cleveland, the Browns will look to come out of these first four games well over .500.

In this one, quarterback Jacoby Brissett once again played an efficient brand of football, going 21-of-31 passing for 220 yards and two touchdowns. Most importantly, Brissett played another game of turnover-free football as he favorited both Amari Cooper (seven catches for 101 yards and a touchdown) and David Njoku (nine catches for 89 yards and a touchdown) on the night.

The running game continued to their usual standard, and Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt combined for a massive 35 carries, tallying a total of 160 yards and a touchdown; 114 of those yards came from the legs of Chubb alone.

Before moving on to Atlanta, what stood out in this Thursday Night Showdown?

Jacoby Brissett on star wide out Amari Cooper: ‘He is a great player, teammate’

Brissett is coming into his own with the help of the #Browns’ star wide receiver.

The Cleveland Browns are back on top of the AFC North for the time being due in no small part to the connection between quarterback Jacoby Brissett and receiver Amari Cooper. Both are in their first season with the team, and after just three weeks in the regular season are already hitting their stride and proving their worth in big moments as they seek to bring the Browns closer to Super Bowl contention.

Brissett talked about the pass-catcher’s impact in Thursday’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in a press conference after the game and went into detail about what he has seen from him to this point in the season. A glowing review was expected, but what stood out in his comments was the way he seemed to admire Cooper’s presence in the locker room, even in his first season in Cleveland.

“He played really well,” Brissett explained. “Even in the first game – he was just getting PI-ed (defensive pass interference) the whole time. That is just who he is. He is a great player, a great teammate, a guy who is going to give you his all. You see the things that he is doing obviously in the pass game, but in the run game, he is holding his own.

“You don’t see that a lot from a lot of No. 1 receivers. I am sure he is going to want to continue to get better and better. Even on the long pass on that big third down, he was like, ‘Man, I need to find a way to stay up and go score.’ That is just the type of player he is. It is obviously a treat to have him on this team. I am looking forward to just continuing to grow with him.”

Their monumental win over their divisional rival won’t soon be forgotten, and with 14 games left to secure a playoff berth, the tandem of Brissett and Cooper is likely to play a large factor in the team’s success moving forward. The elephant in the room is Cleveland’s suspended franchise quarterback, who threatens to break up the connection that has made such an impact for the Browns in their last two tilts.

For now, though, their partnership will be an integral part of Cleveland’s gameplans, and the team will lean on Brissett and Cooper for more explosive plays and clutch touchdowns until the permanent starter takes over.

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Jacoby Brissett throws pair of first-half TD passes for Browns

Jacoby Brissett is on-target for the Browns early against the Steelers

Jacoby Brissett is doing a nice job for Cleveland as he starts while Deshaun Watson serves his league-mandated suspension.

The veteran QB has a pair of touchdown passes in the first half of Thursday Night Football for the Browns against AFC North rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The first was a nice connection with Amari Cooper for an 11-yard score that made it 7-0 after the PAT.

The second was drilled to David Njoku and covered 7 yards and had Cleveland up 13-7.

Cade York, who made a 58-yard field goal in Week 1, now has missed PATs in the last two games.

He hit the right upright with the PAT after the Njoku score.

WATCH: Amari Cooper and Browns strike first on TNF

The Cleveland Browns jump out front with a 7-0 lead on an Amari Cooper touchdown catch from Jacoby Brissett.

The Cleveland Browns have jumped out in front of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night football. To go up 7-0, quarterback Jacoby Brissett connected with Amari Cooper on a slant route after the offense sputtered on their first two drives.

Coming off of a nine catch game a week ago against the New York Jets, Cooper looks poised for a big game in this one as well. So far, so good for the Pro Bowl wide receiver who came to Cleveland by way of trade (for just a fifth round pick).

Keep your eyes peeled for more updates as the game goes on.

3 players to watch as Browns look to bounce-back vs. Steelers

These three players are set to have a huge impact for the Browns on Thursday night.

In their Week 3 tilt against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cleveland Browns will seek to prove that their loss on Sunday to the New York Jets was just a fluke. An utter defensive collapse late in their last matchup was to blame for the poor result, but against the likes of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, hopes are high that they can get back over the .500 mark before the season comes into full swing.

Here are three players to keep your eye on during this Thursday night tilt against Pittsburgh as the Browns find themselves in a must-win situation after early season woes:

Jacoby Brisset bullish on his blossoming chemistry with receiver Amari Cooper

Brissett got in rhythm with Cooper in the #Browns’ loss to the #Jets on Sunday.

Having found their stride on offense after two weeks of competition, the Cleveland Browns are on the precipice of putting together something truly special. With a plethora of talented skill position players and a competent signal-caller under center, the team is in a holding pattern while they wait for their defense to catch up.

In comments to reporters on Wednesday, quarterback Jacoby Brissett made a point to explain his growing chemistry with receiver Amari Cooper, who joined the Browns via trade in the offseason. A three-reception performance by the star wide-out in Week 1 gave way to a dominant showing against the New York Jets on Sunday, where he snagged nine catches on 10 targets for 101 yards and a touchdown.

“It is Amari,” Brissett explained of his talented teammate. “That was just one of those days for him. Did a really good job of understanding the plan. I thought we as a collective group understood the plan. It was not just Amari – obviously, Amari was getting himself open – but players running routes to help get him open. Just capitalized on the opportunities that we had. Like I said, looking forward to creating more opportunities in the future obviously coming up Thursday, and just seeing how things unfold.”

Cleveland will need to lean on Cooper while they wait for their full-time starter to see the field in his first action of the 2022 season. Brissett has been adjusting to life as the team’s top passer and is still in the process of feeling out the offense, so his newfound connection with his top receiver should be a boon for the Browns moving forward.

Few teams have the luxury of a dominant pass-catcher to pair with an elite running game, so Cleveland would be wise to maximize their abundance of talent as much as possible against the Steelers in Week 3. If they can get the ball into the hands of their most reliable playmakers, the Thursday night matchup could be the bounce-back that the Browns need to stay on course for the playoffs in January.

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Browns: Amari Cooper does what leaders do and owns up to onside kick

#Browns WR Amari Cooper, as leaders do, takes on accountability for the failed onside kick recovery against the #Jets

While Amari Cooper was a star offensively with nine catches for 101 yards and a touchdown against the New York Jets, the Cleveland Browns lost out on an onside kick that may have directly been his responsibility. And just as leaders do, Cooper is owning up to it regardless of whose fault it was.

Cooper had this to say: “[It was] my play to make, I didn’t make it.”

The former Dallas Cowboys receiver who the Browns acquired for a fifth rounder this offseason is the second leader to step up and take a bullet. Yesterday it was linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. who jumped on the sword with the media when discussing blown coverages that have plagued this defense.

The Browns have no choice but to let this loss go as the Pittsburgh Steelers are in town in two days from now.

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Film Room: Amari Cooper and all 9 of his catches for Cleveland Browns

As the Cleveland Browns look forward to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the chemistry between Jacoby Brissett and Amari Cooper must continue.

It is time to move past the loss to the New York Jets. But before we do, we have to at least acknowledge the stars of the game for the Cleveland Browns. One of those bright spots in this one was wide receiver, Amari Cooper.

After cutting apart the defensive backs of the Carolina Panthers in Week 1 with minimal targets, Cooper finally got a high volume of looks in Week 2 against the Jets. And he did not disappoint. On the day, Cooper finished with a total of 101 yards and a touchdown on nine catches for the Cleveland offense.

Taking a look at all nine of his targets in this one, how was Cooper able to take advantage of the New York secondary?