Cleveland Browns: 4 players who will be key to winning in Week 5
Cleveland Browns player who will be key No. 3: Myles Garrett
If the season were to end today, Myles Garrett would likely be the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
With the first four weeks being in the books, Garrett is atop or right near the top in a lot of key statistical categories.
He leads the league in sacks with six, 4.5 coming in the Week 3 game against the Bears. He also leads the league in quarterback hits with 14. He’s tied for the league in tackles for loss and is tied for second with 24 quarterback pressures.
This Sunday, Garrett will need to apply constant pressure on Herbert and get him off his game. Herbert is one of the most lethal passers in the NFL, and like any other quarterback, does not like to get hit.
Garrett would boost his odds of winning the DPOY award if he can turn in another monster game.
The more Garrett is able to get home will likely mean more opportunities for his fellow defensive linemen, which would be a good thing. The Browns rank second in the NFL in sacks with 14.
If there is continuous pressure on Herbert from Garrett and his d-linemen, that means there are more chances for the Browns secondary to pick off a pass or two.
Garrett questioned why he was randomly drug tested on Monday, the day after he went sleeveless in Sunday’s win over the Vikings.
At the end of the day, Garrett can have a major say in how the high-octane offense of the Chargers performs on Sunday against one of the league’s best defenses.