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BEREA, Ohio — Myles Garrett was asked recently whether he’d ever played better than right now. The question provided Garrett with the opportunity for a high school humble brag even Uncle Rico could appreciate.
“I had nine sacks in one game,” Garrett replied, “if that counts.”
Not since single-handedly wrecking Weatherford High seven years ago (video evidence of that night, which amazingly also included two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a punt block, lives on here) has the Cleveland Browns pass-rusher so impacted the opposition.
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Carrying a Cleveland defense ravaged by injuries, the former No. 1 overall pick has helped power the Browns (4-1) to their best start in 26 years. Last Sunday, on the heels of three consecutive games with a strip sack, Garrett pressured Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers into an intentional grounding from the end zone, handing the Browns a critical safety in the fourth quarter of a 32-23 victory.
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