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Impressive Stat Proves Browns Have Best Player on Both Sides of Ball

Tyler Maher
An impressive stat reveals that the Cleveland Browns have the best offensive and defensive player in the NFL.
An impressive stat reveals that the Cleveland Browns have the best offensive and defensive player in the NFL. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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You might not know it based on their 3-5 record, but the Cleveland Browns have a talented football team. In fact, they have the NFL's best offensive player and best defensive player on their roster right now, according to at least one metric.

According to Pro Football Focus, the Browns have PFF's highest graded offensive player and defensive player this season in Joel Bitonio and Myles Garrett. Bitonio has a rating of 91.3, while Garrett has a rating of 92.9.

Already a four-time Pro Bowler, Bitonio is one of the best offensive linemen in the business. The 31-year-old guard has played a major role in helping protect quarterback Jacoby Brissett and opening up running lanes for Nick Chubb, who's in the midst of a historic season.

Meanwhile, Garrett is widely renowned as one of the top defenders in the NFL. The first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft has lived up to the hype and then some, earning three Pro Bowl nods and two All-Pro selections. Despite being involved in a scary car accident earlier this season, he still ranks fifth in the NFL in sacks (7.5), tackles for a loss (8) and forced fumbles (2).

Despite being blessed with premier talent on both sides of the ball, Cleveland currently lacks a star at the most important position on the field -- quarterback. That's set to change soon, however, as Deshaun Watson is slated to make his season debut during Week 13 against the Houston Texans.

In the meantime, Bitonio, Garrett and co. will try to keep the Browns' playoff hopes alive until Watson returns. Cleveland currently has +430 odds of making the postseason on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

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