There’s not much to enjoy about ranking 25th in opponent points allowed (110.1), 21st in opponent field goal percentage (45.9 percent), 27th in opponent 3-point percentage (39.9 percent) and dead last in opponent 3-pointers made per game (13.7). The talk didn’t just focus on the Cavs’ defensive deficiencies, but what needs to be done to correct them.
I want to be wrong here. I hope Tavares re-signs to play in a new building where the fans can, like, see the entire rink, unlike in the Islanders’ current environs in Brooklyn. But I’m not comfortable saying he will when that fate seems tied to an arena deal that’s months away from approval — if it is approved.
Turning to Kevin Hogan and Cody Kessler didn’t work, either. Kizer keeps sliding back into the starting role even though he’s thrown 11 picks against three touchdowns this year. Sunday’s loss to the Vikings was Kizer’s first turnover-free game of the year.
The supporting cast isn’t giving any of the QBs much to work with in Cleveland. Perennial All-Pro Joe Thomas is out for the season with a torn triceps, and Kenny Britt hasn’t done much for the Browns. The team’s best receiver is running back Duke Johnson, who has 324 yards and a touchdown.
Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens (32.3 percent): The surprising leader in yards per carry in the NFL this season is Collins, the Seahawks castoff who has worked his way up the depth chart in Baltimore. With Terrance West (calf) injured, Collins has assumed a larger role, and we’ve reached the point where it seems unlikely that will change. He runs hard, creates yards after contact and sprinkled in two catches in Week 8 (he had zero before that). Collins is an add for any sized league, with the hope that he can sustain 12-15 carries per week going forward.