Kansas City is about to play their first playoff game against the Browns after having a week off with the number one seed clinched. Of course, Cleveland won their wildcard game against Pittsburgh on Sunday night, in a game that is as crazy as it gets.
Cleveland beat the Steelers in what seemed like a first quarter victory. They quickly went up 28-0 after the first and added on in the second quarter. However, most of the Browns scoring can be attributed to the excellent field position their defense set them up for throughout the game.
If you watched that Sunday night wildcard game, you would have noticed how well the Browns defense played in the first half. They have a few players on that side of the ball that most people know. However, a few unsung heroes on their squad could give the Chiefs trouble come Sunday.
Browns Defensive Players for Chiefs to Watch Out for
We all know about players like Olivier Vernon, and Myles Garret-who is having a fantastic year- but there are more players on this defense that are solid overall. Some names you may or may not know, or do not hear a lot about, are just as responsible for the Browns success.
In my opinion, B.J. Goodson is the Browns most underrated player on defense. The 6’1” linebacker is putting up some career-high‘s as well as some impressive stats. He leads the Browns in total tackles as well as solo tackles, meaning he is always around the ball.
This season Goodson has two interceptions to go along with six pass deflections, the highest of his career. While he doesn’t get to the quarterback much, Goodson has two sacks on the year.
This is important for the Chiefs because they will need to be watching out for Myles Garrett, who has taken down the quarterback 12 times. One more important thing to note, is that BJ Goodson is currently questionable for Sunday’s game. However, there are reports that he is likely to play.
While everyone talks about the best secondary in the NFL, the Browns unit does not often get enough credit. Of course, you have the Denzel Wards of the world, who have come into the league and made an immediate impact. However, Terrance Mitchell should also be in that conversation.
While he is not an absolute ballhawk, he is very good at being in his spots at the right time. Let’s not forget his hand either, which he has used effectively to deflect 13 passes this year.
The 28-year-old, former Chiefs cornerback has all the tools to be a disruptor this Sunday against Kansas City. Mitchell plays physical, and there is no way around it. His 65 tackles and three forced fumbles speak for themselves. However, while his 4.6 40 speed is fast, it isn’t as fast as the Chiefs receiver.
While he, like many of us, has not had the best 2020, M.J. Stewart is coming off a great game. He was a big part of Cleveland’s win last Sunday, helping propel the Browns to their first playoff win since 1994.
The Browns 28-0 first-quarter surge against Pittsburgh had a lot to do with Stewart. His one-handed interception helped put Cleveland in a good field position to set up a touchdown.
Not to mention, Stewart had wide receiver Chase Claypool on lockdown for most of the first half. The Browns could use another performance like that out of him if they want any chance at slowing down Mahomes and company.
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