Dallas Cowboys vs Cleveland Browns Preview, Injury Updates, Predictions

October 4, 2020 6:30 pm

Dallas Cowboys have had a very inconsistent start to their 2020 NFL campaign under new head coach Mike McCarthy. They have been at the receiving end of two losses this year. Their narrow 40-39 win over Atlanta Falcons in Week Two is their only win of the season. Dak Prescott will be eager to make a strong statement in his contract year when they take on Cleveland Browns this Sunday.

The Browns, on the other hand, have bounced back from a humbling 6-38 loss to Baltimore Ravens in Week One. The Cleveland-based franchise will hope that under-pressure quarterback Baker Mayfield will come through at the AT&T Stadium this weekend.

Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week Four matchday predictions.

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NFL Preview

Dallas Cowboys looking to bounce back after last weekend’s loss

Dak Prescott and Co. will be disappointed with the end result of their last outing in the NFL against Russell Wilson’s Seattle Seahawks in Week Three. The Cowboys lost by a 38-31 scoreline. However, things could have gone differently had the visitors showed more discipline while defending plays. Head coach Mike McCarthy will look to improve in that area when they host an in-form Cleveland Browns outfit on Sunday.

As usual, Prescott along with Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb, and Ezekiel Elliott will pose a threat while attacking. However, WR Chris Moore could sit this one out as he was listed as ‘questionable’ in Friday’s final injury report for Week Four.

Baker Mayfield-led Cleveland Browns face a tough challenge on Sunday

All eyes will be on Cleveland Browns quarterback, Baker Mayfield, this weekend. The former Heisman Trophy winner will face-off against another talented young quarterback in the form of Dak Prescott. While Prescott has been performing at a high level on a consistent basis, Mayfield still misses that ‘killing edge’ which he was known for during his college football days. He will look to silence his doubters once and for all by making a statement win against the Cowboys on the road.

Head coach Kevin Stefanski will back his in-form RB Nick Chubb to help put Mayfield in attack as Kareem Hunt could miss the game with a groin issue. The Browns will also be without three defensive players who were ruled out after last week’s win over Washington Football Team. They will need their secondary squad to step up and take responsibility as they go up against some of the best wideouts in the league.

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NFL Preview: Dallas Cowboys vs Cleveland Browns Injury Updates

Dallas – Out

CB Tavon Young – Knee


G DJ Fluker – Shoulder

DB Anthony Levine – Abdomen

DT Justin Madubuike – Knee

WR Chris Moore – Finger

Cleveland – Out

DE Adrian Clayborn – Hip

LB Tae Davis – Elbow

CB Greedy Williams – Shoulder


RB Kareem Hunt – Groin

C Nick Harris – Illness

DE Olivier Vernon – Abdomen

OG Joel Bitonio – Back

B Jacob Phillips – Knee

CB Denzel Ward – Groin

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Cowboys vs Browns Prediction

Dallas Cowboys 36 –  28 Cleveland Browns

Sep 13, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) drops back to pass in the first quarter against Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Leah Stauffer-USA TODAY Sports

We’re going to go with Dak Prescott and the Cowboys for this game, simply due to the fact that the Browns are hurting defensively at the moment. In addition to that, the Cowboys seem to be a more potent attacking threat. They are capable of hurting the opposition in multiple plays with various weapons at Prescott’s disposal.

Mayfield could be the decisive factor in this game. If the former Oklahoma Sooners man puts in a display similar to the Week Two win over the Bengals, the Browns could be in with a fighting chance. This one is bound to go down to the wire, so make sure you don’t miss it.

Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports who is an admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He believes the latter has one more Super Bowl left in him before he bows out for good. Daniel bills Patrick Mahomes as one of the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.

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