The Browns got Jedrick Wills back and with Blake Hance moving to the right side of the line to fill in for Jack Conklin, the Browns offensive line was much more impressive. The Browns still had some issues keeping Case Keenum upright in the pocket but considering the last few weeks, seeing Kevin Stefanski using fullback Johnny Stanton and two-tight end sets to start the game was a welcome sight.
While it’s fair to say that anyone could probably do well in this scheme, you can’t deny that D’Ernest Johnson didn’t get the work done. He carried the ball 22 times for 146 yards and really helped keep the Broncos from getting the ball back. The Browns used him wisely in the second half, using him to kill the clock. Johnson also showed great awareness, breaking a run but dropping to the ground just before the endzone to ensure the clock ran out. The play would be called back, and the play was essentially erased but it didn’t change the fact that he knew what to do.
Case Keenum wasn’t great, but he was fine. He wasn’t able to push the ball downfield but utilized the underneath quite a bit. A lot of slants and screens were called for Keenum and he was able to manage the game just fine. He threw a touchdown and didn’t turn the ball over, so you couldn’t ask for too much more.