2. Cleveland Browns D-Line earning its money
While Joe Woods did dial up some blitzes against the Vikings, the Cleveland Browns defensive line is doing what it’s getting paid to do: Rush the quarterback with four down linemen.
Myles Garrett, who is triple teamed at time, leads the NFL with 5.5 sacks. Despite all the emphasis placed on stopping the former No. 1 overall pick, he still had high pressures against the Vikings, according to Pro Football Focus.
There were injury concerns surrounding Jadeveon Clowney entering the season, and we all held our breath with the edge rusher hurt his hip late in the Vikings’ contest. Fortunately, he came back into the game.
Per Sports Info Solutions, Clowney is tied for seventh in quarterback hurries with 13. He’s also seventh in quarterback pressures, with 20.
Takk McKinley is also playing well, wit 1.5 sacks. Impressive since he’s not considered an every-downplayed. He’s on pace for 8.0 sacks which would trump his carer best of 7.0, recorded in 2018.
Malik McDowell also deserves some keystrokes because he’s been a find, and that’s not even doing him justice. He creates pressure from the middle which causes havoc in the pocket.
With a quarterback like Justin Herbert back there, you want to put as much pressure as possible on the young signal caller, hoping you can force the second-year standout into some mistakes.