Hey, Cleveland, another week and another gut-wrenching loss for our Browns. I remain determined to give credit where credit is due and name our offensive and defensive “Top Dawgs” for this week. Once again, I have no magic words or phrases to take away the sting from a game which ended with such a close score. Unless you consider the fact that the game ended with such a close score…I know…I know an L is an L and close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
I am happy to say that for week three’s edition of Top Dawg, I had more than one player worthy of consideration on both offense and defense. While I am yearning for a collective of contenders for the Top Dawg distinction, I press forward and highlight the best men on the field against the Indianapolis Colts.
OFFENSIVE TOP DAWG- Duke Johnson
Duke Johnson certainly made the most of his meager eight touches and earned high marks for his efforts. In addition to that diving touchdown as well as averaging 11.5 yards rushing and 13.5 yards receiving, Johnson received top ratings for week three as the most elusive back, causing four missed tackles and averaging 8.67 yards after contact. Yep, that sounds like a solid Top Dawg performance to me. In light of Johnson’s efforts, I just must say, give that man the damn football more than eight times a game.
DEFENSIVE TOP DAWG- Danny Shelton
Third-year veteran, Danny Shelton stepped up his game measurably, and I hope that Shelton will continue to improve as the weeks pass. He improved on his abysmal stats from weeks one and two, which netted Shelton just one tackle. In week three against the Colts, Shelton had three solo tackles, and four assisted tackles. His performance was enough to earn Shelton a respectable rating of 83.9 for his efforts in Indianapolis. While it is easy to make excuses for our defensive failings, I’d rather see Gregg Williams inspire Shelton and company to turn up the heat on whoever is on the other side of the line of scrimmage.
Week four will decide who owns the bottom spot in our division, I’m not holding my breath, but I’d say we have a good chance that the number four spot goes to the Cincinnati Bengals.
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