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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and PFF notes: Week 8

The Browns’ defense forces two more turnovers, but wore down as the game went on.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 8 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Myles Garrett 62 87% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Emmanuel Ogbah 61 86% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Larry Ogunjobi 60 85% 2 tackles (2 combined).
DL Trevon Coley 34 48% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
DL Brian Price 14 20% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
DL Chris Smith 10 14% No stats registered.
DL Anthony Zettel 9 13% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Chad Thomas 3 4% No stats registered.
  • Myles Garrett logged another sack, good for his eighth of the season and staying on pace for 16 sacks. But that was the only time Cleveland got to Ben Roethlisberger all game — in fact, it was the only time Big Ben was hit (besides on his quarterback sneaks).
  • Rookie Chad Thomas played three snaps.
  • Larry Ogunjobi had a strong Week 1 against the Steelers, but was a non-factor this time around, finishing with just two tackles.


Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Christian Kirksey 71 100% 5 tackles, 2 assists (7 combined). 1 pass defended.
LB Jamie Collins 71 100% 4 tackles, 7 assists (11 combined). 1 TFL, 1 forced fumble.
LB Genard Avery 53 73% 1 tackle (1 combined).
LB D'Juan Hines 1 1% No stats registered.
LB Ray-Ray Armstrong 1 1% No stats registered.
  • Jamie Collins and Christian Kirksey each played every snap. Collins forced a fumble on RB James Conner, but Pittsburgh was able to recover it. Kirksey’s two-game streak with interceptions came to an end.
  • Genard Avery also was not able to match his Week 1 performance, as the team sees diminishing returns from him with the higher volume of snaps he plays.


Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Denzel Ward 71 100% 5 tackles, 2 assists (7 combined). 1 TFL, 1 pass defended, 1 fumble recovery.
CB T.J. Carrie 57 80% 7 tackles (7 combined).
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun 55 77% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
CB Denzel Rice 1 1% No stats registered.
  • Although it was not a shut down day for Denzel Ward, I thought he had one of the better performances on defense, along with Briean Boddy-Calhoun. Ward had a tackle for a loss, knocked a pass away, and recovered a fumble. Here is what PFF had to say about Ward:

Rookie cornerback Denzel Ward had an up-and-down day and was often covering Steelers’ Brown. Ward tackled Brown for a loss on a wide receiver screen and also broke up a slant intended for Brown. However, Brown also picked up a third-down conversion catch against Ward and was also flagged for a defensive holding penalty on Brown running a go route.

  • T.J. Carrie tried punching the ball out from Roethlisberger on a quarterback sneak, but his knee was down before the ball came out.
  • Denzel Rice played a stray snap on defense somewhere.


Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Damarious Randall 70 99% 4 tackles (4 combined). 1 pass defended.
S Jabrill Peppers 40 56% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).
S Derrick Kindred 38 54% 5 tackles (5 combined). 1 interception, 1 pass defended, 1 forced fumble.
  • So close — Damarious Randall read the Steelers’ screen pass touchdown correctly and could’ve had a pick six or at least a knockdown, but he was just a hair too late.
  • Derrick Kindred logged the second interception of his career and forced his first fumble. He also missed the deep coverage on Antonio Brown’s wide open touchdown grab.