Defensive Line: B
All things considered, the Browns rushing defense was actually very impressive. The unit worked together to hold New England running backs to under 100 yards of rushing. There were times where it seemed that the Patriots only ran the ball to keep the defense honest, and were consistently stopped, forcing Brady to move the ball through the air.
Not only that, but the Browns also did manage to get a substantial amount of pressure on Brady after the first quarter. They only came away with one sack, but the defensive line was finally able to generate some pressure on the quarterback without needing to send multiple extra rushers.
Jamie Meder had the sack, and was assisted by Stephen Paea and Danny Shelton. While the statistics may not have shown great success for this line, they did their job. Unfortunately, they were victims of a sharp Brady who delivered multiple strikes while under pressure. They also couldn’t finish several sacks, and couldn’t get off the field as a result.