|DL||Myles Garrett||46||81%||4 tackles, 2 assists (6 combined). 0.5 sack, 2 TFL, 1 QH.|
|DL||Olivier Vernon||45||79%||1 assist (1 combined).|
|DL||Larry Ogunjobi||36||63%||1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 0.5 sack, 1 QH.|
|DL||Sheldon Richardson||35||61%||2 tackles, 4 assists (6 combined). 1 sack, 2 QH.|
|DL||Adrian Clayborn||23||40%||No stats registered.|
|DL||Jordan Elliott||18||32%||No stats registered.|
|DL||Porter Gustin||11||19%||1 assist (1 combined).|
|DL||Vincent Taylor||9||16%||1 assist (1 combined).|
- I thought the Browns’ defense, particularly the defensive line, did a great job throughout the game of containing Deshaun Watson. Myles Garrett was also key, forcing a fourth down stop on a quarterback draw at the goal line, chasing Watson with his speed to the sideline on another play, and registering a sack on the opening drive of the game.
- Larry Ogunjobi picked up his first sack of the season. Sheldon Richardson also notched two hits on the quarterback. The Browns had a good balance of their eight defensive linemen getting snaps.
|LB||B.J. Goodson||57||100%||5 tackles, 2 assists (7 combined).|
|LB||Mack Wilson||31||54%||2 tackles (2 combined).|
|LB||Malcolm Smith||27||47%||2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).|
|LB||Sione Takitaki||17||30%||1 tackle (1 combined).|
- B.J. Goodson led the Browns in tackles with seven.
- Mack Wilson seemed to be a bit more active coming out of the bye week, which Cleveland needs from him. Dumping a defender like he did into the ground for a 15-yard penalty wasn’t the best idea, but hopefully he can channel that aggression in other ways that benefits the team.
|CB||Denzel Ward||57||100%||5 tackles (5 combined).|
|CB||Terrance Mitchell||57||100%||2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 TFL.|
|CB||Kevin Johnson||39||68%||2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).|
- The cornerbacks weren’t too involved because of the game conditions, but it was good that there weren’t any lapses. Watson did complete a miracle throw in the fourth quarter that helped extend the drive and eventually lead to the Texans’ only touchdown of the game.
|S||Ronnie Harrison||57||100%||6 tackles (6 combined). 1 QH, 1 pass defended.|
|S||Andrew Sendejo||45||79%||2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).|
|S||Sheldrick Redwine||17||30%||1 tackle (1 combined).|
- Ronnie Harrison was the Browns’ highest-graded defender with a grade of 77.6. He continues to perform week in and week out, so it is a relief that defensive coordinator Joe Woods saw that and has kept him as the starting strong safety over Karl Joseph. Joseph only played on special teams against the Texans.
- Andrew Sendejo actually got trucked by Duke Johnson. The starting free safety only played 79% of the snaps, with Sheldrick Redwine seeing some action as well — meaning there were plays in which the Browns had 3 safeties on the field.