CLEVELAND — At least from a statistical standpoint, it had been a quiet evening for Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett.
But as he so often does, the superstar defensive end showed up when his team needed him most.
With the Browns offense having just turned to ball over on downs in the third quarter of Thursday night's matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland found itself clinging to a one-score lead. Yet despite Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow's best efforts to move the ball, Garrett helped the Browns get it back, with a strip sack giving Cleveland possession at Cincinnati's 1-yard line.
Two plays later, the Browns were back in the end zone, with Nick Chubb's one-yard rush giving Cleveland a 28-13 lead. Chubb had previously scored on an 11-yard run in the first quarter, with Baker Mayfield throwing two touchdown passes -- including a 43-yard pass to Odell Beckham Jr. -- to add on to the Browns' advantage.
Garrett's big play served as an encouraging reminder of the talent that exists on a Cleveland defense that has already been banged up by injuries in this young season. Entering Thursday night's game, defensive end Olivier Vernon was sidelined by an abdomen injury, while his replacement Adrian Clayborn, left the contest vs. the Bengals with a shoulder injury and was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
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