5 reasons Cleveland Browns beat LA Chargers, becoming AFC North contenders

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LA desperately misses Bosa

Without star defensive end Joey Bosa, the Chargers’ pass rush just hasn’t been what it used to be in defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s 4-3 defensive base.

The Browns’ offensive line will welcome the break, especially left tackle Desmond Harrison. The rookie allowed seven quarterback pressures to Terrell Suggs in Week 5. Right tackle Chris Hubbard also struggled allowing six pressures against Baltimore.

San Diego still has Melvin Ingram III, who grades out as PFF’s 17th best EDGE defender. After that, there’s a big drop-off.  After that, there’s a big drop off, with Isaac Rochelle being given a below average grade.

PFF credited Ingram with 20 total pressures, and 3.0 sacks. He also has six quarterback hits, so approximately half time he gets to the quarterback, he’s making contact. Rochell has just eight pressures, although his snap count has been had been reduced in Weeks 4 and 5.

Chris Landrum could also seem time at left defensive end, appearing on 10 snaps at the position last week. He has just five total pressures in 82 total snaps.

Rosa’s out with a deep bruise and isn’t expected to return until Week 9. The former Ohio State star had tallied 23 sacks in his first 28 games.

When on the field, he’s a once-in-a-lifetime talent. Hopefully he returns to full healthy, but the Browns won’t have to worry about him on Sunday.