Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 14 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
|DL||Myles Garrett||51||76%||4 tackles, 2 assists (6 combined). 2 sacks, 3 TFL, 3 QH, 2 passes defended.|
|DL||Jadeveon Clowney||47||70%||1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 pass defended.|
|DL||Jordan Elliott||41||61%||2 assists (2 combined). 1 QH.|
|DL||Perrion Winfrey||35||52%||2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).|
|DL||Taven Bryan||33||49%||No stats registered.|
|DL||Alex Wright||32||48%||1 assist (1 combined). 1 pass defended.|
|DL||Isaiah Thomas||18||27%||No stats registered.|
|DL||Ben Stille||8||12%||1 assist (1 combined).|
- Myles Garrett was the Browns’ highest-graded player against the Bengals, per PFF, grading out to a 92.3. Jadeveon Clowney wasn’t too far behind him, grading out to a 90.1.
- Garrett had two sacks, although one of them was on a play where Ja’Marr Chase was probably supposed to run it, but decided to “look” like he was going to throw it in hopes of deceiving Garrett. I thought Garrett did a good job waiting back on some plays to disrupt lanes.
- Clowney would’ve had a sack, but it was negated by a penalty on one of his teammates.
- The PFF love for the defensive line didn’t stop with Garrett and Clowney; defensive tackles Taven Bryan (78.5) and Perrion Winfrey (71.9) were the team’s fourth- and fifth-highest graded defenders.
|LB||Deion Jones||59||88%||4 tackles, 3 assists (7 combined). 1 INT, 2 passes defended.|
|LB||Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah||54||81%||3 tackles, 3 assists (6 combined).|
|LB||Justin Kunaszyk||12||18%||No stats registered.|
|LB||Tony Fields||11||16%||No stats registered.|
- This was Deion Jones’ first game seeing the bulk of playing time, and he came up with a nice game, grading out to a 78.8 by PFF.
- Jones will continue to see a lot of playing time, as the team just had to place Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah on injured reserve. He is out for the season.
- Tony Fields was a hero last week, but the penalty he committed on the punt ended up setting off the chain reaction of bad penalties on the Browns.
|CB||Denzel Ward||65||97%||3 tackles (3 combined). 2 passes defended.|
|CB||Greg Newsome||65||97%||4 tackles, 2 assists (6 combined).|
|CB||Martin Emerson||56||84%||No stats registered.|
|CB||A.J. Green||3||4%||No stats registered.|
- Denzel Ward went up against Ja’Marr Chase, but I would’ve liked to have seen the coaching staff allow him to stay in man-to-man coverage against him the whole game, without a cushion — especially with the other Bengals receivers being out.
|S||Grant Delpit||67||100%||4 tackles (4 combined).|
|S||John Johnson||61||91%||6 tackles, 1 assist (7 combined).|
|S||Ronnie Harrison||19||28%||1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).|
- It didn’t seem like the best game for John Johnson, who didn’t finish a couple of tackles. The safety also bit hard on the fleaflicker, allowing for a wide open touchdown pass.