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Analyzing the Snap Counts in Browns vs. Raiders (Offense)


The Browns beat the Raiders on the road 20-17 on Sunday. Now it's time to look back at the playing time distributions for the offense. Before you look at the snap counts, ask yourself the following questions:

-Was Trent Richardson's workload increased this week?
-When was the last time Ben Watson had a game like he did against Oakland?

Check out the snap distributions below, and let us know what your reactions are in the comments section.

Offensive Line
Joe Thomas John Greco Alex Mack Shawn Lauvao Mitchell Schwartz
68/68 plays
68/68 plays
68/68 plays
68/68 plays
68/68 plays

The entire starting unit played 100 percent of the snaps this week. The offensive line yielded one sack but gave up ten quarterback hits. This seemed to be the most hits that Weeden took in a game this season, which usually meant less defenders in coverage.

Running Back / Fullback
Trent Richardson Alex Smith
Montario Hardesty
56/68 plays
23/68 plays
12/68 plays

Trent Richardson: 20 carries, 72 yards, 3.6 average, 1 touchdown. 3 catches, 23 yards (5 targets).
Montario Hardesty: 5 carries, 39 yards, 7.8 average. 0 catches (1 target).
Alex Smith: 1 catch, 1 yard (1 target).

Thoughts: This is an improved distribution from last week against the Steelers, when Trent Richardson saw 97% of the snaps and carried the ball 29 times. We saw Montario Hardesty thrown into the mix a lot more, and out of the two seasons that Pat Shurmur has been head coach, this was one of the few times in which I thought he distributed the reps well. Chris Ogbonnaya did not have a single snap on offense again, so he might be getting phased up. Even though Owen Marecic was active for the first time in weeks, Alex Smith remained the team's fullback.

Wide Receiver
Josh Gordon Greg Little
Mohamed Massaquoi Travis Benjamin
63/68 plays
56/68 plays
21/68 plays
17/68 plays

Josh Gordon: 6 catches, 116 yards, 1 touchdown (7 targets).
Mohamed Massaquoi: 2 catches, 60 yards (2 targets).
Greg Little: 4 catch, 48 yards (5 targets).
Travis Benjamin: 1 catch, 6 yards (1 target).

Thoughts: I'd have to go back and check, but I think this was the first time all season that Joshua Cribbs didn't receive a single snap on offense. That could have to do with the fact that he was banged up and missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Other than that, the playing time distribution matched the status quo from the past couple of games. There weren't any dropped passes and guys had a lot of yards after the catch, which is always a plus. Greg Little's block on a long catch-and-run by Mohamed Massaquoi was nice.

Tight End
Benjamin Watson Jordan Cameron
60/68 plays
32/68 plays

Benjamin Watson: 6 catches, 80 yards (9 targets).
Jordan Cameron:
2 catches, 30 yards (5 targets).

Thoughts: This game was a blast in the past for Benjamin Watson. The last time that Watson had at least 80 yards receiving in a game came way back in 2010. If you recall, he was actually doing that on a weekly basis during that season. I was stunned to see Watson have so many yards after the catch against the Raiders. Jordan Cameron also had a key broken tackle and run after a catch.

Brandon Weeden
68/68 plays

Brandon Weeden: 25-of-36 for 364 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions. 5 carries, 11 yards.

Thoughts: This is the type of game I expected for Brandon Weeden, and it was nice to see him put up the yardage that he did in non-garbage time. The disappointing part is obviously the two turnovers, particularly the one on the team's opening series. He also had a couple of other erratic throws that had to make everyone nervous, but fell incomplete (or resulted in a sack). He hung in the pocket well despite facing more pressure than I expected him too, and helped lead Cleveland to a 94-yard drive to close out the game.

History of Snap Counts on Offense:

-Week 1: Philadelphia vs. Cleveland
-Week 2: Cleveland vs. Cincinnati
-Week 3: Buffalo vs. Cleveland
-Week 4: Cleveland vs. Baltimore
-Week 5: Cleveland vs. New York Giants
-Week 6: Cincinnati vs. Cleveland
-Week 7: Cleveland vs. Indianapolis
-Week 8: San Diego vs. Cleveland
-Week 9: Baltimore vs. Cleveland
-Week 10: Cleveland vs. Dallas
-Week 11: Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland