Cleveland Browns (4-3) – Denver Broncos (3-4): 17-14
Whether they are on the field or not, the Browns’ primary strength remains the same: the race. Thursday night, it was an unlikely hero who carried the team. Ernest Johnson, a non-drafted player in 2018 from the Alliance of American Football, traveled 146 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown.
Under his leadership, Cleveland was never led. And it is also thanks to him that the locals ate the remaining 5 minutes and 17 seconds on the clock as Denver had just come close to three lengths on a touchdown from Javonte Williams.
“The last offensive series was very frustrating,” Vic Fangio could only see at a press conference. “We armored against the race and we couldn’t stop them. ”
The Broncos coach can still turn to his attack if he is looking for a reason for disappointment. With only 223 yards and 23 minutes of possession, the squad led by Teddy Bridgewater (23/33, 187 yards, 2 TDs, 1 int) was too rarely threatening and the quarterback was intercepted in the end zone in the second quarter.
Case Keenum holds his line, Von Miller gets injured
On the pitch in place of Baker Mayfield, Case Keenum demonstrated his experience. The former conference finalist with the Vikings led his team into the end zone in the first series of the match, before going for a field goal for a quick 10-0. After this good start, the defenses take control, and the score does not move until the break.
Meanwhile, Denver has lost Von Miller. The pass rusher had promised to kill his opponents straight away, he finally leaves with a sprained ankle.
Melvin Gordon, at reception, finally unlocks the Broncos’ counter after the locker room (10-7), but Cleveland responds immediately. Keenum converts a 4th and 3 yard capital into opposing ground, then finds Johnny Stanton for the touchdown on the next action (17-7). A little later, Williams therefore reduced the gap, before seeing Johnson crush the defense to bring the meeting to an end.
While waiting for the returns of Mayfield or Nick Chubb, the Browns have therefore provided the essential. The good news of the evening was also the return of Jarvis Landry, who caught 5 assists. Odell Beckham was there too, but more discreet.