This looked like a tougher game for the Rams when the schedule was released but with quarterback Deshaun Watson out for the season with a shoulder injury and Dorian Thompson-Robinson out Sunday because of a concussion, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski signed veteran Joe Flacco as an alternative to P.J. Walker. Flacco, 38, has an impressive resumé from early in his career with the Baltimore Ravens, but you can be certain that Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald is eager for a quarterback with no mobility to be under center. Jerome Ford has rushed for 628 yards and three touchdowns, and also has scored twice on pass plays. Kareem Hunt, who has scored six touchdowns, is nursing a groin injury. Tight end David Njoku has a team-best 51 catches, receiver Amari Cooper 47. Both have two touchdowns. The Rams gave up early touchdowns against the Seattle Seahawks and the Cardinals before clamping down. Rookie edge rusher Byron Young has five sacks, rookie tackle Kobie Turner four. Linebacker Michael Hoecht is questionable because of a knee injury but is expected to play. Safety John Johnson, who played the last two seasons for the Browns, has played his way into a starting role.