After snapping a 10-game losing streak Friday night in Charlotte, the Bulls didn’t arrive back in Chicago until about five hours before game time because of weather-related delays.
Frederik Andersen stopped 33 shots for his 50th win with the Maple Leafs. Andersen has won 11 of his last 15 starts.
Ngakoue got going early and made a couple of tackles on the Browns’ first drive of the game.
Kizer then proceeded to throw an interception on to Jags linebacker Telvin Smith on the first play of Cleveland’s second drive of the game. Then came the Browns’ third drive.
Ersan Ilyasova was flawless almost from start to finish Saturday night, and Kent Bazemore was perfect in the final minute for the Atlanta Hawks. They needed it to overcome Nikola Vucevic’s first career triple-double.
With 5:51 left in the first quarter, the Browns were facing third-and-3 from their own 32-yard line. Ngakoue lined up in a tilted, wide five technique with Calais Campbell inside of him as the nose tackle in the A gap. On the snap, Ngakoue came off the ball hard for about a step, then did a hesitation move like you might see a basketball player use before he crosses someone’s ankles off. Browns left tackle Spencer Drango accurately assumed that Ngakoue was trying to set him up for a cross-chop-to-a-rip move, so Drango tried to get cute and punch only his inside (right) hand while holding his outside (left) arm back so Ngakoue couldn’t chop it down.
Pittsburgh will play on without Smith-Schuster, as he and Iloka were each suspended one game later Tuesday for violations of safety-related playing rules.