|DL||Myles Garrett||60||87%||3 tackles (3 combined). 1 TFL.|
|DL||Sheldon Day||52||75%||4 tackles, 3 assists (7 combined). 0.5 sack.|
|DL||Malik Jackson||38||55%||1 tackle (1 combined). 1 TFL.|
|DL||Jordan Elliott||38||55%||2 tackles, 3 assists (5 combined).|
|DL||Porter Gustin||32||46%||2 tackles (2 combined). 1 FR.|
|DL||Takk McKinley||29||42%||No stats registered.|
|DL||Joe Jackson||17||25%||1 tackles, 2 assists (3 combined). 0.5 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.|
|DL||Tommy Togiai||11||16%||1 assist (1 combined). 0.5 sack, 1 QH.|
- Myles Garrett seemed to play much of the game with a groin injury. He finished with a couple of pressures in the second half, but it was just an average day for him.
- The interior defensive line was not the greatest with Malik McDowell missing. Defensive tackle was one of Andrew Berry’s patch jobs this offseason, and now it’s a position he’ll have to upgrade in 2022.
- The defensive end depth got thinner as the game went along when Takk McKinley ruptured his Achilles’. Porter Gustin and Joe Jackson were each part of the rotation.
|LB||Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah||62||90%||3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined). 0.5 sack, 1 QH, 1 FF.|
|LB||Anthony Walker||42||61%||3 tackles (3 combined).|
|LB||Malcolm Smith||34||49%||2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined).|
|LB||Sione Takitaki||14||20%||2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 TFL.|
- With Anthony Walker returning, rookie Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah remained the team’s primary linebacker. JOK had a decent game, except for the second-to-last play in which I don’t know what he and Denzel Ward were doing.
- Per PFF, “ Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Malcolm Smith allowed nine receptions combined for 106 yards and five first downs on the night.”
|CB||Denzel Ward||69||100%||3 tackles (3 combined).|
|CB||Greedy Williams||69||100%||2 tackles (2 combined). 1 INT, 2 passes defended.|
- Cleveland only had two cornerbacks play, although you could also say that Jovante Moffatt was basically used as the extra defensive back. Moffatt made a nice open field tackle on Derek Carr to hold the Raiders to a field goal in the first half.
- Denzel Ward allowed a tightly-contested touchdown pass in the first half. But this is the play that still gives me nightmares:
This play was so frustrating. As soon as I saw the checkdown, I was elated. And yet our defense watches him go by, get out of bounds. Only thing I can think of is that they overthought it and purposely tried to force him back inside, assuming someone else would get him. https://t.co/8cWC3QjUrs— Dawgs By Nature (@DawgsByNature) December 21, 2021
|S||M.J. Stewart||69||100%||8 tackles, 3 assists (11 combined). 1 pass defended, 1 FF.|
|S||John Johnson||58||84%||5 assists (5 combined).|
|S||Jovante Moffatt||54||78%||4 tackles, 2 asssts (6 combined).|
|S||Richard LeCounte||11||16%||1 tackle (1 combined).|
- M.J. Stewart ended up playing the entire game. He was flagged in the first half for defensive pass interference, although that was a shoddy call. Per PFF, Stewart “allowed a team-high 73 yards in coverage.”
- Richard LeCounte made his debut and logged a tackle. John Johnson missed 11 snaps, so I don’t know if he left temporarily and LeCounte subbed in for him.