3 players to watch in Cleveland Browns Week 2 game against Bengals

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BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 13: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens scrambles against Myles Garrett #95 of the Cleveland Browns during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

2. Myles Garrett

Browns’ star defensive end Myles Garrett was rather quiet in Sunday’s matchup. He finished the game without a sack and only had one tackle although it did happen to be behind the line of scrimmage.

Garrett is an absolute X-factor in the National Football League. Last year, he had 10 sacks through 10 games and was in the conversation for defensive player of the year. He can be that player and more again this season.

Let’s not overreact to his Week 1 performance. To be fair, the entire team struggled. Sacking Lamar Jackson is an extremely tough task. Garrett likely would have had a sack on a play near the Ravens own goal line had it been any QB other than Jackson.

Look for Myles Garrett to have a monster game. I am sure he is tired of hearing how bad the defense played. He is going to come out and play hard against a lackluster Bengals’ offensive line with unproven tackles. Garrett is going to have the advantage against any of the Bengals linemen that he lines up over.

Cleveland’s defense needs a strong pass rush to take pressure off of the DBs and linebackers. When that did not happen Sunday, the Browns back seven got exposed. Look for Garrett to change that tomorrow and add at least one sack.