Hard work pays off.
That was a message delivered by the Cleveland Browns’ secondary on the heels of Sunday’s 31-27 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at the HHH Metrodome.
While the defensive backs helped limit running back Adrian Peterson to 88 yards on 25 carries,
“We knew they were going to run the ball, and eventually, our front seven was going to stop them, so they were going to have to throw the ball,” cornerback Joe Haden said. “Buster, C.O., T.J. and Gip, we were ready for the pass the whole game. We just stayed locked in and made sure we kept fighting.”
Skrine had four solo tackles, and led the way with a game-high two pass break-ups, both of which came in the red zone and prevented Minnesota touchdowns.
Skrine was one of the most penalized defensive backs during the 2012 regular season, but worked on his craft during the offseason, and has been able to make more plays for the secondary.
“Buster’s always a high-effort guy, running around and making plays,” said defensive lineman
As a whole, the Browns’ secondary has been able to stay together since Week Three of the preseason. During that time, they have been able to develop a rhythm and find a way to make plays.
“They’re doing a great job,” defensive lineman
Coach Rob Chudzinski added, “Those guys have improved. Buster played his best game. I think our secondary’s playing really well. Gipson is playing well. T.J. Ward had his best game, made some big plays and some open-field tackles. Joe Haden’s been outstanding all along.”