Timmy Mac at DMN blog has a pretty interesting breakdown of the similarities between the Browns' and Cowboys' offenses and they are remarkable mirrors of each other. As he says, "It's almost eerie how similar the units are, right down to their injury concerns entering this weekend's season opener in Cleveland. "
He details the striking parallels between the QBs, #1 & 2 WRs, TEs, lead backs, O-lines, LTs, injured starting Gs and #3 & 4 WRs.
Here's an excerpt:
Cleveland's Braylon Edwards' breakout season put him in T.O.'s class of receivers. Compare the stats from last season. The 6-3, 215-pound Edwards caught 80 passes for 1,216 yards and 16 TDs. T.O. (6-3, 218) had 81 catches for 1,355 yards and 15 TDs.
The Browns and Cowboys both rely on Pro Bowl tight ends as the No. 2 targets in the passing game. Jason Witten and Kellen Winslow were two of the three NFL tight ends with 1,000-yard seasons last year.
The second receivers are both loquacious fellows who had exactly 697 receiving yards last season. (Donte' Stallworth padded his stats with the Patriots last season by picking on Jacques Reeves at Texas Stadium.) Like Patrick Crayton, Stallworth's season ended with a disappointing performance in a playoff loss to the Giants.
There's a lot more, interesting stuff to look for leading up to Sunday's opener, check it out...
Of course the big difference is on the other side of the ball, we should be able to light up their defense, while ours should be a good test for their offense.