Comparing the LA Chargers defense and Cleveland Browns defense:
Interior defensive line: Advantage, Cleveland Browns
While the LA Chargers did good against the run in Week 4 it should be noted that they came up against the second-worst team in the league in terms of rushing yards per attempt. The fact of the matter is that the team still struggles against the run between the tackles and that is concerning.
The Browns do not have a great interior defensive line, in fact, they are quite average. However, because they do not have a gaping hole, they get the advantage.
Edge rushers: Advantage, Cleveland Browns
Myles Garrett is one of the very few edge rushers in the league that can make a case for being better than Joey Bosa but it is close. Even if we call it a wash, the Browns still have the advantage. Jadeveon Clowney is a solid second rusher that is better than the edge-rusher rotation that the Chargers deploy.
Linebackers: Advantage, Cleveland Browns
Charger fans will definitely disagree with me on this one as the duo of Drue Tranquill and Kyzir White have been good this season (even though I do think White is being a little overrated four weeks into the season).
Even though he was struggling I don't like the team not having as good of depth without Kenneth Murray. Cleveland has better depth and has arguably the best linebacker of either team in rookie Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah.
It is close but I narrowly give it to Cleveland.
Cornerbacks: Advantage, LA Chargers
The Browns certainly have talented cornerbacks but I like the depth that the LA Chargers have over what the Browns have. With Chris Harris likely coming back, the Chargers have four solid cornerbacks in Harris, Michael Davis, Asante Samuel Jr. and Tevaughn Campbell, who has been really good to start the year.
Safeties: Advantage, LA Chargers
Derwin James is the best safety for either team in this one and Nasir Adderley is finally having that breakout year that Charger fans were waiting for. Adderley is playing like a well-above-average safety and next to him is one of the best and most versatile safeties in the league.
This is an easy call. Advantage, Bolts.