The Cleveland Browns saw some guy’s stock fall further down during the win over the Steelers.
The Cleveland Browns were able to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 29-17 in a game that was much closer than the score would seem to tell you. The Browns and Steelers refused to take control of the game for a good portion of it. the Steelers came out flat after half-time and had a long drive that ended up netting them nothing but minutes ticked off the clock.
That drive ended up being the death nail, as the Browns had an equally long drive that not only chewed up the clock but also resulted in points. It was the straw that would end up breaking the Steelers back in the long haul but had some things bounced differently, this game could have easily gone the way of Pittsburgh.
That’s in part due to the lackluster play of several guys, some of whom nearly cost the team the game. One of those names, Donovan Peoples-Jones, has disappeared in the last two weeks. His lack of impact nearly got him on the list but three names rightfully deserve more condemnation.
Three Cleveland Browns who saw their stock fall
The offensive line has been average at best this season, and part of the issue is Ethan Pocic. He’s proven time and time again he isn’t a great pass blocker, and the team has gotten away from running in either of his gaps due to his inconsistency in getting movement off the block. He is not someone the team can rely on, as better defenses will come and when they do, his issues will be further exploited.
Denzel Ward didn’t face any elite talent against the Pittsburgh Steelers, yet a lot of the receivers still tested him. That can be forgivable, the key of a defense is to not give up any touchdowns, or to limit the touchdowns. The defense, largely, did their job. So that alone isn’t enough to slam Ward. Yet, his two pass interference calls, both of which were earned, are. Ward is all a flutter this season and has had a few bad performances back to back. With how much he’s getting paid, he can’t afford to have these outings.
Yes, not having Jadeveon Clowney hurt this defense. So did losing four players as the game went on. Yet, Myles Garrett is being paid the big bucks. The Steelers ran at him all night and he did next to nothing to stop the Steelers’ run game. Against the pass, the Browns’ defensive end played mostly man-on-man or had to deal with a chip block from a running back. In both scenarios, Garrett should’ve been far more active. Maybe it was the injury he suffered that held him out of practice for a bit this week. Regardless, games where he has a net-zero impact, are inexcusable. He had just two tackles and a single QB hit all game.