While watching the game it looked like the defense played a great game, holding the explosive Eagles offense down to two touchdowns and a field goal.
Once you look at the final box score you see, for at least one game they have solved the interception problem they had in 2011, coming up with four interceptions. The Browns defense only had nine interceptions total last year.
Another question that was answered for the defense was the play of the two replacement linebackers, who played well and accounted for two of the four interceptions. The speed of the younger linebackers, Kaluka Maiava, L.J. Fort and Craig Robinson, allowed them to play better in space than Chris Gocong or Scott Fujita could have.
Sticking with the linebackers, D’Qwell Jackson proved that his outstanding play from last year wasn’t a fluke. The veteran linebacker had an interception return for touchdown and was regular fixture around the football when it came his way.
The defensive line for the Browns had to deal with lineup changes as well with Phil Taylor being out and Frostee Rucker being added in the offseason. The changes worked, as the defensive line was able to consistently apply pressure to Michael Vick.
The Browns defense was in the top 10 in points allowed and yards allowed last year, which was a large function of the opponent getting an early lead and running out the clock. The Browns offense was so bad last season that most teams didn’t try to score a lot of points because they didn’t need to in order to win the game.
Is the Browns defense good enough to keep the score low when an opponent tries to run up the score? In Week 1 against the Eagles they proved they could keep the score down when a team tried to score 40 points.
The Browns didn’t answer all of the questions about their defense in Week 1 and the offense only created more questions.
Let’s take a look at some of the remaining questions for the Cleveland Browns after Week 1 in the 2012 season.