Colts Set To Take On Browns In Cleveland
The Indianapolis Colts will be in Cleveland on Sunday to take on the surging Cleveland Browns.
Both teams come into this game with 3-1 records, and this game feels like a potential playoff preview.
The Colts currently feature the top overall defense in the NFL, but that unit will be tested in this one. The Colts have allowed just 14 points per game, but that number will likely climb after this game.
Cleveland went into Dallas and almost got to the 50-point mark in a win over the Cowboys, and the Browns are the best rushing team in the league. The Colts are catching a break as running back Nick Chubb will be out of the lineup for the Browns.
The Colts have been red-hot of late after dropping their season opener to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Indianapolis gave up 27 points in Week 1, but it has not allowed more than 11 points in any of its last three games.
The offensive numbers aren’t exactly explosive for the Colts, but quarterback Philip Rivers has provided a boost to the passing game. Rivers has completed more than 70 percent of his passes this season, and the Colts are averaging 245 passing yards per game.
Indianapolis is currently in a first-place tie with the Tennessee Titans atop the AFC South Division. This game will also go a long way towards deciding playoff seeding as both teams feel like playoff contenders this season.
Leonard, Castonzo Out For Week 5
The Colts have been hit extremely hard by the injury bug already this season, and that trend continues entering Week 5. A pair of starters have been ruled out for this showdown against the Cleveland Browns.
Left tackle Anthony Castonzo and All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard will both miss the game in Week 5 after suffering injuries in the Week 4 win over the Chicago Bears. Castonzo went down with a rib injury, while Leonard injured his groin in Chicago.
With Castonzo out of the starting lineup on Sunday, it will end a streak of 22 straight games started by the same offensive line for the Colts. That streak includes a pair of playoff games, and it could become a huge factor in this one.
Leonard currently leads the team with 27 tackles this season, and he is the clear leader of that unit. Zaire Franklin is expected to slide into the starting lineup in Game 5, joining Bobby Okereke and Anthony Walker at the linebacker position.
Starting running back Marlon Mack has already been ruled out for the remainder of the 2020 season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in Week 1. Tight end Jack Doyle has also missed some time, and several depth pieces have been out as well.
The Colts will host the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6 before their bye week in Week 7. The team is hopeful that both Castonzo and Leonard will return to the lineup at some point before Week 8.
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