Where is Myles Garrett?
While Myles Garrett did get half a sack during regulation, he was not a factor at all, and they didn’t do much in the way of double-teaming him. Donovan Smith had his number all day. Early on, the Buccaneers attacked him in the running game and Garrett made zero impact. For someone who is supposed to be this All-Pro guy, he sure doesn’t seem to make that many plays in a given game. Worst of all, Garrett hurt the Browns during overtime, jumping offsides, and giving the Bucs a first down. To Garrett’s defense, he did have a massive sack in overtime.
Inconsistent pass catchers
The most maddening thing that happened all day was the inconsistency of the Browns’ playmakers. David Njoku scored a late-game touchdown, but prior to that had just four receptions for 17 yards and a glaring drop. For someone who is making the money he is, that’s not acceptable. Amari Cooper, another top-flight player (allegedly) also had a key drop that killed a drive. Then there was Anthony Schwartz, who scored an impressive touchdown in the first quarter, but disappeared later on in the game, and even had a costly pass interference call against him.
Kareem Hunt’s epic decline
Kareem Hunt had a massive run early in the game and then…nothing. Hunt had a nine-yard run on his first carry, on his next three carries, he had just three total. It’s not like he had a much better day catching the ball either, mounting just six yards on two targets.