CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Browns scribbles as I try to make a prediction for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals:

1. I thought I’d feel better about the Browns 31-28 loss to the Indianapolis Colts after a few days. Wrong. Instead, I feel worse.

2. I thought, “The Browns were so bad in that game. They were behind 28-7 late in the second quarter. They dropped passes. They committed stupid penalties. The defense checked out in the first half. It was an embarrassment. But they made the game close… So maybe there is hope for this week.”

3. Here’s one problem. The Browns picked Emmanuel Ogbah in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He showed some promise as a rookie pass rusher. But this season, he has been seemingly invisible. He has one sack, seven tackles.

4. Another problem is Carl Nassib. He was a third-round pick in 2016. Also a defensive end, his stats this season are the same as Ogbah’s — one sack, seven tackles. Nassib and Ogbah have not given the Browns much in the way of a pass rush. Maybe that will improve when Myles Garrett returns, but I wonder. I expected more from both of the second-year defensive ends.

5. No word yet on if Garrett (high ankle sprain) will play Sunday against the Bengals. I have doubts. Rushing him back is not wise.

6. The Browns defense has improved against the running game. They are allowing 3.1 yards per carry. That’s fifth best in the NFL. But they have allowed four rushing TDs, most in the NFL. Three were last week in Indianapolis, including two by quarterback Jacoby Brissett. Why was the Browns defense seemingly confused by Brissett running near the goal line? That is one of Brissett’s strengths.

7. I hear Danny Shelton has been grading well with the coaches against the run. The Colts averaged only 2.6 yards per carry… 92 yards rushing in 36 attempts. The middle of the Browns defensive line has been pretty solid. So has linebacker Joe Schobert and strong safety Derrick Kindred when facing the run. Shelton’s status for Sunday is in question as he’s has been limited in practice with a calf injury.

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