Browns Week 12 studs and duds: David Njoku rises to the occasion

Cleveland Browns, David Njoku. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Browns, Wyatt Teller
Cleveland Browns, Wyatt Teller. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images) /

Stud: Jadeveon Clowney, EDGE

The numbers this season have been mild for Jadeveon Clowney but that doesn’t mean he’s not having a good campaign. As is always the case with him, he’s been very disruptive and made things hard on the Tampa Bay offense more than once.

His biggest contribution came on the opening drive of the third quarter when he blew up a running play. Clowney flew into the backfield and hit Rachaad White for a two-yard loss. The next play he again stepped up, forcing Tom Brady to roll to his left, which is where Jordan Elliott was waiting to record the sack and force a punt.

On the very next drive, Clowney forced a third-and-eight when he made a great read on a second-and-nine. Brady made a quick throw to Chris Godwin but Clowney was there to make a tackle after just one yard gained, leading to another three-and-out.

In all, he had four tackles and a half-sack as he continued to be a force on the edge.

Dud: Wyatt Teller, Guard

Overall, Wyatt Teller is one of the best guards in the NFL but he didn’t look like it in Week 12 — at least not in the passing game.

Teller continued to play at a high level in the rushing attack but when asked to protect Brissett, he was unable to hold his guy. William Gholston beat him with a bull rush and was able to get a hand on Brissett’s arm, forcing an incompletion on a second-and-11 play. On the ensuing third down, he was beaten on a stunt from Rakeem Nunez-Noches who recorded a sack, forcing a punt.

He also had his share of issues with Vita Vea, although that’s understandable since he might not be human.