Defensive Line: B
After all of the disappointment surrounding the Browns’ loss to the Titans on Sunday, one thing is still for certain: Cleveland’s front-three are going to come to play every single week.
Facing one of the best running backs in the league, the defensive line forced the Titans into numerous long passing situations. DeMarco Murray was shut down for most of the game, even though he did score a touchdown which virtually put the Browns away. Possibly more impressive though was how the Browns made Murray the only real threat running the ball, as last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, Derrick Henry, was a non factor.
Not only did the defensive line make matters difficult for Tennessee’s running game, they also did what they could defending the pass. While they only got to Titans’ quarterback Marcus Mariota two times, they put relentless pressure on him to force him out of the pocket on numerous additional instances.
In this effort, Danny Shelton was leading the charge with five tackles and one sack. Jamie Meder and Cam Johnson were also factors, slowly making names for themselves on a defense that has really struggled so far. Overall, it was a strong effort for the defensive line, an encouraging performance which can hopefully be built upon.