4:30 p.m. ET
Key Coaching Decision # 1: (CLE ball, tied 10-10/ Fourth-and-3, DEN 45/ 7:42 Q3)
• Facing a fourth down in Denver territory Cleveland went for the first down. Baker Mayfield completed a short pass to TE David Njoku for the first down. Denver was also called for a defensive holding penalty on the play. The Cleveland drive ended when Baker Mayfield fumbled and Denver defensive end Derek Wolfe recovered.
Key Coaching Decision # 2: (DEN ball, trailing 17-13/ Fourth-and-1, CLE 6/ 5:29 Q4)
• Instead of going for it on fourth down Denver decided to attempt a field goal to cut the lead to one point. Brandon McManus made the kick after Denver intentionally had a delay of game penalty.
Key Coaching Decision # 3: (CLE ball, leading 17-16/ Fourth-and-1, DEN 10/ 1:53 Q4)
• Gregg Williams decided against increasing the lead to four points with a field goal and went for the first down. Nick Chubb was stopped for a two-yard loss on the play and Denver took over on downs. We feel in this situation the best option was to increase the lead to four points which would have required Denver to score a touchdown to win the game. On the following drive the Browns defense came up huge with a sack of Case Keenum to preserve the win.
• Cleveland played a great game on the defensive side of the ball and held the Broncos to a little over 250 yards of total offense and only 32 yards on the ground.
• Rookie running back Nick Chubb had a 100 yards on the ground and has really provided a boost to the Cleveland rushing attack since taking over the starting role.
• Denver rookie running back Phillip Lindsay has had a great season, but the last two weeks he has been shut down by San Francisco and Cleveland. Over the past two games he has carried the ball 28 times for 54 yards with only one touchdown.