|DL||Larry Ogunjobi||55||85%||4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined). 1 TFL.|
|DL||Olivier Vernon||55||85%||1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined). 1 pass defended.|
|DL||Myles Garrett||50||77%||3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.|
|DL||Sheldon Richardson||47||72%||1 tackle, 3 assists (4 combined).|
|DL||Jordan Elliott||21||32%||No stats registered.|
|DL||Adrian Clayborn||19||29%||No stats registered.|
|DL||Porter Gustin||16||25%||1 tackle (1 combined).|
- After the game, Ben Roethlisberger said, “It just never felt like we did much on offense,” despite putting up 31 points as a unit. To an extent, he’s right. It was similar to when the Browns played Washington earlier this season and scored 34 points. It wasn’t a high-powered, explosive day for Pittsburgh. They simply minimized their mistakes, had a good run-pass balance, and capitalized when our defense got overly aggressive.
- The defensive line had a sub-standard day. To Pittsburgh’s credit, they were one of the few teams that said, “Hey, you know that Myles Garrett guy that everyone else keeps single-blocking...well, we’re going to actually double and triple block him like everyone should.” Garrett still managed one sack despite that. The rest of the line did not deliver much, though.
- Larry Ogunjobi played most of the game, despite coming off of injury.
|LB||B.J. Goodson||57||88%||5 tackles, 5 assists (10 combined). 0.5 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.|
|LB||Malcolm Smith||34||52%||No stats registered.|
|LB||Mack Wilson||31||48%||2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined).|
|LB||Sione Takitaki||21||32%||2 tackles (2 combined).|
|LB||Tae Davis||7||11%||No stats registered.|
- B.J. Goodson was the Browns’ highest-graded defender with a grade of 85.7, and also led the team in tackles and helped bring Roethlisberger down for a sack early on.
- The reps for the other linebackers were still split relatively evenly between Mack Wilson, Sione Takitaki, and Malcolm Smith. Maybe it’s just me, but I swear from the eye test that I have still yet to actually see Wilson involved in a key defensive play.
|CB||Denzel Ward||65||100%||1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined). 1 pass defended.|
|CB||Terrance Mitchell||64||98%||4 tackles, 2 assists (6 combined). 2 passes defended.|
|CB||Kevin Johnson||42||65%||1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined). 1 pass defended.|
|CB||M.J. Stewart||2||3%||No stats registered.|
- Heading into the game, PFF had the outside coverage grades of Denzel Ward and Terrance Mitchell ranked fourth in the NFL. I was hoping Roethlisberger would challenge those guys on outside routes, and he did. Let’s just say that it wasn’t the best days for Ward and Mitchell.
- Ward gave up the double move for a wide open touchdown. I get that it was a desperation move — taking a chance to try to do something to flip the momentum. But instead, it added an easy six points for the Steelers.
- Mitchell missed an interception on the second play of the game, something that likely wouldn’t have changed the physicality level of the game, but if you’re looking for a possible butterfly effect to have made it a different ballgame, that was our chance. Mitchell’s coverage wasn’t terrible the rest of the way, but Pittsburgh’s receivers were winning the one-on-one matchups. Booooo.
|S||Andrew Sendejo||65||100%||4 tackles, 3 assists (7 combined).|
|S||Sheldrick Redwine||64||98%||4 tackles, 2 assists (6 combined). 0.5 sack, 1 QH.|
- I’m sure Browns fans are very tired of seeing Andrew Sendejo fly late to a play about 10 times a game and then try to make a tackle like an uncoordinated missile.
- Sheldrick Redwine made the start and didn’t have the best showing. Too many missed tackles by the safeties turned average gains for James Conner into bigger gains:
Sendejo and Redwine finished with PFF grades of 56.8 and 46.9. They consistently missed tackles all day. Watch these back-to-back plays.— Cleveland Vs Everyone (@clevsevery1) October 19, 2020
First down as Redwine fails to even slow down Conner.
4-yard loss turns into 6-yard gain because Sendejo gets juked out of his shoes. pic.twitter.com/vdh17sTi0J