The front four
The Browns defense stood up all game. Their ability to get after Kirk Cousins paid off in the second half, as Cousins was reliant on his happy feet to avoid the pressure. That, in turn, caused some bad passes, which really hindered the Vikings’ offense. They also really handled the rushing game all day as well. Something this defense is getting much better at.
The pass coverage
The Vikings‘ offense was pretty good heading into the game, so to see the Browns’ defense do what they did all game against Minnesota was pretty exciting. The defensive line got after the Vikings but the defensive backs and linebackers smothered them in the passing game. They held the high-powered Vikings offense in check all day, save for the opening drive, and fans should be excited about that.
The special teams
The Browns relied heavily on the punting and kicking games today, with Chase McLaughlin going 2-2 on field goals with a 53 yarder. Jamie Gillan also had a nice day, punting six times covering 245 yards, and averaging 40.8 yards per punt. Neither player has been overly relied on before Week 4, so it’s good to see both men execute when called upon.