Pro Football Focus has a great bit of insight into the Browns debacle. Sam Monson found two effective defensive ends but neither named Freeney. Specifically, he heaped praise upon Mathis:
OK, it’s fair to say that Dwight Freeney was going up against much tougher competition, as he was always guarded by the likes of Joe Thomas, but he was a relatively quiet force in this game, notching a sack, but only two pressures from his 29 pass-rushes. On the opposite end of the field, Mathis had a +5.2 PFF grade, and notched a hit and four pressures, as he was routinely knifing deep into the backfield to blow up plays. It will be interesting to watch and see if Freeney can recapture his former glory , when he can literally take games over on his own, but according to these past few games teams need to start worrying more about the other side of the line.