The Broulis Beat Report on how Cleveland did what they were supposed to do in their 41-24 victory over Miami.
- Ever since the game against the Buffalo Bills, the Cleveland Browns look more prepared on the field than they did the first nine weeks of the season. They look like they were actually prepared to not just compete, but win. They looked even better this week, against a bad Miami Dolphins team.
- Some of that, I think, has to do with what happened last Thursday in the final seconds against Pittsburgh. The Browns looked like a team that the NFL wanted to take down with suspensions and fines. I do agree to that, but only to a certain extent.
- Without Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi on the defensive line, Olivier Vernon was out for a third straight game, Cleveland knew it was going to be missing an effective pass rush. Defensive coordinator Steve Wilks did a nice job of blitzing and dropping his linebackers back into coverage. Sheldon Richardson had two sacks and Cleveland had four sacks total.
- Browns LB Joe Schobert had himself another great game. Schobert was everywhere and had two interceptions. Cleveland limited Miami quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to 214 yards passing.
- The offensive line did a great job of keeping Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield clean in the pocket, for the most part. Mayfield was sacked once. Baker threw for 327 yards, going 24/34.
- Cleveland definitely had their passing attack working. Jarvis Landry led the way with 10 catches for 148 yards, including a beautiful 37-yard catch and two touch downs. Odell Beckham Jr. caught 6 passes for 84 yards. Beckham and Mayfield hooked up on a deep passing play that resulted in a touch down. Running back Nick Chubb even got in on the action with 3 receptions for 58 yards.
- The running game was really going as well. Nick Chubb had 21 carries for 106 yards and one touchdown. Kareem Hunt is a great compliment to Chubb. Though Hunt has more speed, he’s still powerful. Both backs are able to be on the field on passing downs.
- I was worried that Cleveland might be either looking ahead to Pittsburgh, still thinking about everything that happened last Thursday or both. There were no signs of that at all. If anything, as I said earlier, the Browns played mad. They’ll need to play like that next Sunday, when they travel to Heinz Field.
- The defense played great, but the offense finally looked like it was supposed to and with no more Myles Garrett, the offense is going to have to pick up some of the slack. Cleveland will likely be getting back tight end David Njoku, but that’s not official. The Browns should be scoring 41-points a game with the talent they have. It’ll be interesting to see how well they play next Sunday.
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