FBG says: Tough matchup. After a promising start to the Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury era, the Arizona Cardinals' passing attack has trailed off in recent weeks, as the team appears to have mailed it in for the season with one eye on their offseason vacations coming up. The Cardinals rank 16th in the league in passing volume, 24th in total passing yardage, and their 16-to-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio is uninspiring as well. Kyler Murray's progress as a starting quarterback has seemingly stunted since the team's Week 12 bye, and the unit's overall production has taken a dive in that time as well. Christian Kirk's emergence as the team's future number-one wide receiver is promising, as he has seemingly seized the role from veteran Larry Fitzgerald, who remains relevant in the team's passing attack. Otherwise, this unit's 5.5 net yards per attempt leaves much to be desired, as the Cardinals' offensive production has faded down the stretch this season.
The Cleveland Browns' pass defense remains one of the toughest units in the NFL to move the ball against, even without their top two pass rushers. On the season, the Browns have allowed the 8th-fewest passing yards per game, while holding every opposing starting quarterback under the 300-yard mark. The Browns' secondary has held up its end of the bargain, as well, allowing just 1 100-yard receiver since Week 3. The return of safety Demarious Randall has been vital to the defense's ability to withstand the loss of key pass-rushers, as their inability to pressure opposing quarterbacks in recent weeks is a massive weakness. Luckily, with top-end coverage players like linebacker Joe Schobert, cornerback Denzel Ward, and safety Demarious Randall in the mix, the Browns have been able to limit opposing passing attacks to just three passing touchdowns in their last three games. Overall, in a battle of two floundering teams down the stretch of the 2019 season, the Cleveland Browns are expected to come out victorious against a struggling offense led by a rookie quarterback that has regressed mightily in recent weeks.