DEFENSIVE LINE: B The grade comes down a little bit because of the play against the run. Taking the numbers in a vacuum like we always say, the Browns did rush for 5.5 yards per carry. So, it wasn’t a “perfect” day for the defensive line. But it was a good day. They were in Jason Campbell’s face for most of the game. They applied pressure, and were responsible for 1.5 of the team’s three sacks. Leger Douzable registered one, while Mo Wilkerson registered one half. It was a good game by the line.
LINEBACKERS: B The other 1.5 sacks were posted by the linebacking corp, Calvin Pace with one, and Quinton Coples with one half. Demario Davis led this group with five solo tackles. The group moves down just a peg, because of the success the Browns had running the football. Other than that, they played well too.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: A Ed Reed posted an interception. Nice job for a guy that received a great deal of criticism this week. A younger Ed might have taken the run back a bit farther, but that takes nothing away from the pick itself. But the reason the grade goes up this high is because of Dee Milliner. Josh Gordon may have posted 97 yards, but it was a quiet total. Dee Milliner was breaking up passes left and right, to the tune of six total. He also posted an interception, and was finally the object of praise after the game. It was great to see, and I am sure the MetLife faithful were proud of him.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C The only group that didn’t perform well was the special teams. We had a rare miss for Nick Folk. The coverage team was not good as well, as the Browns averaged 30 yards per kickoff return, and 19 per punt return.