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, Browns’ Week 8 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.Defensive LinePosPlayerPlays%StatsPosPlayerPlays%StatsMyles Garrett logged another sack, good for his eighth of the season and staying on pace for 16 sacks. But that was the only time Cleveland got to Ben Roethlisberger all game — in fact, it was the only time Big Ben was hit (besides on his quarterback sneaks).Rookie Chad Thomas played three snaps.Larry Ogunjobi had a strong Week 1 against the Steelers, but was a non-factor this time around, finishing with just two tackles.LinebackerPosPlayerPlays%StatsPosPlayerPlays%StatsJamie Collins and Christian Kirksey each played every snap. Collins forced a fumble on RB James Conner, but Pittsburgh was able to recover it. Kirksey’s two-game streak with interceptions came to an end.Genard Avery also was not able to match his Week 1 performance, as the team sees diminishing returns from him with the higher volume of snaps he plays.CornerbackPosPlayerPlays%StatsPosPlayerPlays%StatsAlthough it was not a shut down day for Denzel Ward, I thought he had one of the better performances on defense http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-emmanuel-ogbah-jersey
, along with Briean Boddy-Calhoun. Ward had a tackle for a loss, knocked a pass away, and recovered a fumble. Here is what PFF had to say about Ward:T.J. Carrie tried punching the ball out from Roethlisberger on a quarterback sneak, but his knee was down before the ball came out.Denzel Rice played a stray snap on defense somewhere.SafetyPosPlayerPlays%StatsPosPlayerPlays%StatsSo close — Damarious Randall read the Steelers’ screen pass touchdown correctly and could’ve had a pick six or at least a knockdown, but he was just a hair too late.Derrick Kindred logged the second interception of his career and forced his first fumble. He also missed the deep coverage on Antonio Brown’s wide open touchdown grab.Four takeaways from Browns opening win of the preseason The Cleveland Browns won their fifth consecutive preseason game on Thursday as they defeated the New York Giants. While being the preseason champs is fun and everything, it would be nice if this team could figure out how to put together a few wins when the games actually count. That day may be coming soon, however, as there were some good things to come out of the game at MetLife Stadium. Here are four takeaways as we wait for the Browns to return to practice on Sunday in preparation for their preseason home opener against the Buffalo Bills on Friday.David Njoku can be a nightmare for the defenseDavid Njoku was targeted three times in the game and finished with a pair of receptions Duke Johnson Jersey
, both of which went for touchdowns. The second-year tight end’s athleticism was on display on his 36-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the first quarter. But it was his dedication to his route on his second touchdown reception that caught the eye of quarterback Baker Mayfield, according to clevelandbrowns.com:Those two catches highlight why the Browns selected Njoku in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft and indicate the matchup problem he can create for opposing defenses. The running game needs to be betterIt was only one game, but the Browns running game was horrific against the Giants.The primary running back trio of Carlos Hyde, Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson combined to rush 17 times for a total of 13 yards. Not all of that falls on the running backs, especially in the case of Chubb, as the offensive line did not always carry the water in the run game:The thought of quarterback Tyrod Taylor and, eventually, Mayfield lighting up the stat sheet in the passing game is fun Authentic Christian Kirksey Jersey
, but the reality is the Browns are going to need to be able to run the ball if they want to have any hope of success on offense. And if there are more days like Thursday? Well, then it is going to be a long year.The penalties have got to stopFans saw an all-too-familiar sight on Thursday as the Browns were flagged for 13 penalties.A couple of the penalties were clearly of the dubious nature, most notably the taunting penalties on wide receiver Jarvis Landry and cornerback Denzel Ward in the first quarter, but the Browns are simply not good enough to overcome that many mistakes. Simply put, the team needs to tighten things up.The optimism might be validated this timeThis is always the best time of year to be a Browns fan as anything seems possible.Then the regular season starts and reality hit.But this year it feels different.Taylor and Landry bring a level of professionalism to the offense that the Browns have not had in years. The running game should work itself out, and Njoku and Johnson provide some explosive playmaking options for the offense. The defense is filled with a mix of veterans, including Jamie Collins, Christian Kirksey Youth Chris Hubbard Jersey
, Mychal Kendricks, and young players who can be difference makers in Myles Garrett, Emmanuel Ogbah, Ward and Jabrill Peppers. There is still a long way to go, but for the first time in a long time the upcoming regular season holds the potential to finally validate the optimism that Browns fans show this franchise on an annual basis.