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NFL Week 9 PFF ReFocused: Denver Broncos 24, Cleveland Browns 19

The Brandon Allen-led Denver Broncos topped the flailing Cleveland Browns, 24-19, in Week 9 of NFL action.

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Final Score

Denver Broncos 24, Cleveland Browns 19

Denver Broncos

Rookie first-round pick Noah Fant was the big star as far as Broncos’ offensive production goes. Fant caught three passes, and they were all big plays. Fant caught a crossing route off of play-action and then ran through three tackle attempts before turning on the jets to race for a 75-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Fant also caught a nice crossing route for a 16-yard gain in the third quarter and another pass down the right seam for a 24-yard gain in the third quarter.

Brandon Allen’s best throw of the game came in the third quarter as he rolled to his right and floated a pass over two defenders into Noah Fant on a crossing route for a 16-yard gain. Courtland Sutton made an incredible touchdown catch as he appeared to levitate over Denzel Ward to haul in a 21-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Phillip Lindsay ripped off big runs every time the Broncos needed one, including a 30-yard touchdown in the third quarter and a 16-yard gain out of the Wildcat, which allowed the Broncos to successfully run out the clock.

Von Miller was disruptive as usual in both the running and passing game. The Broncos defensive line as a whole did an excellent job of keeping Mayfield under pressure throughout this game.

The Broncos secondary held their own, with Davontae Harris standing out as a plus guy in coverage.

Cleveland Browns

The offense struggled to move the ball once again, as Baker Mayfield struggled while under the pressure that was given up by the offensive line.

Odell Beckham Jr., who was visibly frustrated at the end of this game, made some good grabs and found success numerous times against the ever-excellent Chris Harris Jr.

Larry Ogunjobi batted down a first-quarter Brandon Allen pass at the line of scrimmage, and he also collected a sack on the stat sheet, though Brandon Allen had already given himself up.

Joe Schobert had himself a nice game. He tore the ball out of Diontae Spencer’s hands on a wide receiver screen, and Denzel Ward scooped up the fumble to give the Browns the ball in the red zone in the second quarter.

Cris Collinsworth

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