Cleveland Browns DE, Myles Garrett
The beat of the defense starts with defensive end Myles Garrett, the former No. 1 pick of the 2017 draft out of Texas A&M has always been a focal point for opposing teams and this Sunday will be no different.
Last season and in the last two games against Pittsburgh Garrett created headaches for the Steeler lineman and the Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Garrett was also fighting against the lingering effects of COVID 19 as he missed a couple of games due to that.
Even with missing time he still registered 12 sacks on the year. His best season was in 2018 when Garrett recorded 13 and a half sacks. His 2019 season came to an abrupt end when he was playing these same Steelers on Thursday Night Football. In the closing moments of that game, he got tangled up with then Steeler quarterback Mason Rudolph.
In the chaos of the moment, the former No. 1 pick took Rudolph’s helmet off and swung it at him. This got Garrett suspended for the rest of the year.
Now Garrett is leading the NFL in sacks with 9.5 this season. With Pittsburgh in town, I’d be shocked if he doesn’t get one or two in this game. The Cincinnati Bengals sacked Roethlisberger four times in their victory against the Steelers back last month. I hope the Browns defensive coaches are watching that tape and ready to use Garrett and his counterparts to attack the Steelers front line aggressively.
If Cleveland can get to the quarterback early and prevent Big Ben from getting comfortable then our defensive secondary should be able to hold up their end of the bargain.
Certainly, Garrett, Chubb, and Landry aren’t the only players needed to step up Sunday but if these three have any type of success I’d expect a big win by the good guys with the orange helmets.