After four straight losses, the Cleveland Browns finally pulled through to a victory, dominating the division rivals Cincinnati Bengals in a blowout 32-13 victory at FirstEnergy Stadium on Monday night.
The victory moved the Browns 3-5 on the season while the Bengals fell to 4-3, as both teams trailed the Baltimore Ravens 5-3 in the AFC North.
Offensive Spotlight: Browns QB Jacoby Brissett put in a game-winning performance Monday night, going 17 of 22 for 278 passing yards and a touchdown. Brissett’s 12.6 yards per attempt and 94.7 percent adjusted completion rate in the first review were both impressive.
Browns RB Nick Chubb and WR Amari Cooper were also instrumental in the team’s victory. Chubb continued to show why he’s probably the best pure rusher in the NFL, finishing with 101 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. The Georgia product also collected five first downs and forced four missed tackles. Cooper had five receptions on seven targets for 131 receiving yards and a touchdown en route to a game-high (min. five receiving snaps) 5.24 yards per pass in the first review.
Defensive spotlight: Light up any Browns game and edge defenseman Myles Garrett is probably the best player on the court – and that proved true against Monday night. Texas A&M dominated as the pass-rush, posting eight pressures, two sacks and a 32.3% pass-rush win rate. If it weren’t for Dallas Cowboys star defenseman Micah Parsons and San Francisco 49ers defenseman Nick Bosa, Garrett would be the heavy favorite for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.
Rookie Spotlight: Bengals rookie left pass blocking Cordell Volson was a bright spot on an otherwise dreadful night for the Bengals offense as the fourth-round pick allowed just two presses on 40 snaps pass blocking during the first examination.
Offensive Line Spotlight: The Browns offensive line snuffed out the Bengals’ pass rush all night, allowing just two presses on 26 snaps in pass protection in the first review. Cincinnati’s inside trio — left guard Joel Bitonio, center Ethan Pocic and right guard Hjalte Froholdt — were particularly impressive in pass protection, allowing zero total pressures combined.
The score of the box
|Joe Terrier||15.48||25 / 35||232||6.6||2||1|
|amari cooper||26.1||0 / 1||0||0||0||1|
|Jacoby Brisset||9:32 p.m.||17 / 22||278||12.6||1||0|
|Jacoby Brisset||9:32 p.m.||6||12||2||1||4|
|by Ernest Johnson||1.7||4||17||4.2||0||seven|
|Donovan Peoples Jones||12.1||4||4||81||20.2||0|
|Michael Woods II||1.6||2||1||6||3||0|