Bengals vs. Browns: Analyzing the Snap Counts (Offense)

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 17-6 win over the Bengals.

The Cleveland Browns' offense had some mistakes at points in their Week 4 game versus the Cincinnati Bengals, but they put together two long touchdown drives to help seal a victory. Check out the snap distributions below for the offense, and let us know what your reactions are in the comments section.


Offensive Line
Joe Thomas John Greco Alex Mack Oniel Cousins
Mitchell Schwartz
Rashad Butler
100%
71/71 plays
100%
71/71 plays
100%
71/71 plays
100%
71/71 plays
100%
71/71 plays
3%
2/71 plays

Thoughts: The entire starting unit played 100 percent of the snaps this week, and Joe Thomas completed his 100th consecutive game without missing a snap. The offensive line yielded three sacks and six quarterback hits in what seemed to be their most consistent outing of the season. For the first time this season, a backup offensive lineman, Rashad Butler, saw a couple of snaps, presumably down near the goal line.


Running Back / Fullback
Chris Ogbonnaya Willis McGahee Bobby Rainey
56%
40/71 plays
37%
26/71 plays
24%
17/71 plays

Willis McGahee: 15 carries, 46 yards, 3.1 YPC.
Chris Ogbonnaya:
5 carries, 27 yards, 5.4 YPC. 5 catches, 21 yards, 1 touchdown (5 targets).
Bobby Rainey: 6 carries, 9 yards, 1.5 YPC. 2 catches, 20 yards (2 target).

Thoughts: It was a slow start for Willis McGahee, but on the touchdown-sealing drive in the fourth quarter, the Browns got their running game going for the first time this year: McGahee had 6 carries for 33 yards on that drive. Chris Ogbonnaya was getting the most consistent gains during the game and was a reliable checkdown receiver. Bobby Rainey also came through with a couple of nice receptions.


Wide Receiver
Josh Gordon
Greg Little Davone Bess Travis Benjamin
94%
67/71 plays
72%
51/71 plays
51%
36/71 plays
8%
6/71 plays

Josh Gordon: 4 catches, 71 yards (9 targets).
Davone Bess: 2 catches, 25 yards (6 targets).
Travis Benjamin: 1 catch, 39 yards (1 target).
Greg Little: 0 catches (2 targets).

Thoughts: The receivers weren't targeted as much as last week, but that's a good thing -- it means the running game was given a little more attention (successfully) late in the game. Josh Gordon showed the impact he has on this unit as a whole. Travis Benjamin had a nice catch-and-run screen pass early on. Greg Little actually saw more reps than Davone Bess, even though he didn't record a catch.


Tight End
Jordan Cameron Gary Barnidge
MarQueis Gray
92%
65/71 plays
59%
42/71 plays
4%
3/71 plays

Jordan Cameron: 10 catches, 91 yards, 1 touchdown (12 targets).
Gary Barnidge: 1 catch, 2 yards (1 target).
MarQueis Gray: No stats registered.

Thoughts: It was another big day for Jordan Cameron. How long will it be before teams start double-teaming him like the Patriots did at the end of the game to Tony Gonzalez? MarQueis Gray, the former quarterback, saw his first snaps of the season on offense. Interestingly enough, the Browns lined him up at quarterback twice in the game.

In the first half, the Bengals called a timeout when they saw it. In the second half, Gray gave a handoff to Bobby Rainey. Look for Cleveland to throw out of that formation at some point or have Gray run it, which would emulate what Joshua Cribbs used to do in Rob Chudzinski's offense.


Quarterback
Brian Hoyer
100%
71/71 plays

Brian Hoyer: 25-of-38 for 269 yards, 2 touchdowns. 4 carries, 7 yards.

Thoughts: Two games, two wins. More impressive than that, Hoyer has two wins in which he led a touchdown-scoring drive in the final minutes of the game. He gets rid of the ball quick, which helps this offensive line. He will probably start again against Buffalo. I'm still curious about how Brandon Weeden would play with Josh Gordon, but Hoyer is making it easier and easier to just dismiss Weeden altogether.

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