Coming off four straight losses, the Cleveland Browns were able to finally pick up a victory, dominating the division-rival Cincinnati Bengals in a 32-13 blowout victory at FirstEnergy Stadium Monday night.
The win moved the Browns 3-5 on the season while the Bengals fell to 4-3, as both teams trail the 5-3 Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North.
Offensive spotlight: Browns QB Jacoby Brissett put together a winning performance Monday night, finishing 17-of-22 for 278 passing yards and a touchdown. Brissett's 12.6 yards per attempt and 94.7% adjusted completion rate on first review were both impressive marks.
Browns RB Nick Chubb and WR Amari Cooper also played a huge part in the team's victory. Chubb continued to show why he's probably the best pure runner in the NFL, finishing with 101 rushing yards and two touchdowns from 23 carries. The Georgia product also picked up five first downs and forced four missed tackles. Cooper totaled five receptions from seven targets for 131 receiving yards and a touchdown en route to a game-high (min. five receiving snaps) 5.24 yards per route run on first review.
Defensive spotlight: Turn on any Browns game and edge defender Myles Garrett is probably the best player on the field — and that proved to be true against Monday night. The Texas A&M dominated as a pass-rushing, posting eight pressures, two sacks and a 32.3% pass-rush win rate. If it weren't for Dallas Cowboys star defender Micah Parsons and San Francisco 49ers edge defender Nick Bosa, Garrett would be the runaway favorite for the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year award.
Rookie spotlight: Bengals rookie left guard Cordell Volson‘s pass-blocking was a bright spot during an otherwise dreadful evening for the Bengals offense, as the fourth-round pick allowed just two pressures across 40 pass-blocking snaps on first review.
Offensive line spotlight: The Browns offensive line stifled the Bengals' pass-rush all evening, allowing just two pressures across 26 snaps in pass protection on first review. Cincinnati's interior trio —left guard Joel Bitonio, center Ethan Pocic and right guard Hjalte Froholdt — were notably impressive in pass protection, allowing zero total pressures combined.
|Joe Burrow||15.48||25 / 35||232||6.6||2||1|
|Amari Cooper||26.1||0 / 1||0||0||0||1|
|Jacoby Brissett||21.32||17 / 22||278||12.6||1||0|
|Michael Woods II||1.6||2||1||6||3||0|