The Browns did what the Browns needed to do. It’d be fair to say Myles Garrett never looked better but it’s also worth pointing out how bad the Bears left tackle Jason Peters was all game. The Bears did little to help him, and considering he’s pushing 40, they really should’ve. Garrett deserves a lot of credit but it needs to be stressed that this is more the Bears being horrid offensively than the Browns being an elite defense.
The Browns did achieve a neat piece of history, sacking Justin Fields more times than the young quarterback had completions. This is the first time since 2002 that this has happened, with the Texans’ David Carr being the unfortunate recipient of this unique stat.
Offensively, the Browns didn’t look that good but they looked good enough. The culprits were the offensive line with Jedrick Wills not playing well at all. Blame it on the injury or what have you, but he wasn’t very effective at protecting Baker Mayfield. Joel Bitonio deserves a lot of blame as well, getting blown up inside and getting caught holding the defensive players a few too many times.
The Browns offense has to play mistake-free because next week they get the Vikings and they are a good offensive team. They can’t afford to make the same mistakes against Minnesota, mostly because Cleveland’s defense will be tested far more than the Bears were able to muster.