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

Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 31-17 loss to the Lions.

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The Cleveland Browns played a great first half of football against the Lions, but were dismal in the second half in a 31-17 losing effort. 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 Shawn Lauvao
Mitchell Schwartz
68/68 plays
68/68 plays
68/68 plays
68/68 plays
68/68 plays

Rashad Butler

1/68 plays

Thoughts: The offensive line yielded two sacks and six quarterback hits. Rashad Butler saw one offensive snap, but I believe it was from the fullback position down near at goal line.

Running Back / Fullback
Chris Ogbonnaya Willis McGahee Bobby Rainey
39/68 plays
26/68 plays
6/68 plays

Willis McGahee: 10 carries, 36 yards, 3.6 YPC. 1 catch, 2 yards (1 target).
Chris Ogbonnaya: 5 carries, 24 yards, 4.8 YPC. 7 catches, 61 yards, 1 touchdown (12 targets).
Bobby Rainey: 1 carry, 0 yards, 0.0 YPC.

Thoughts: I didn't think Chris Ogbonnaya would have the biggest day offensively for the Browns; once Cleveland was down, they just needed a guy to dump the ball off to. I'm not against the Trent Richardson trade, but it's clear that none of these guys can make a sharp cut at the line of scrimmage to break a run to the outside with their speed.

It might be worth it for the Browns to just try random free agent signings for the rest of the year to see if they can discover a gem -- search on everyone's practice squads, or heck, try Fozzy Whittaker. Anyone who complains about the Browns abandoning the running game in the second half either didn't pay attention to or don't recall the context of the game.

Wide Receiver
Josh Gordon
Greg Little Davone Bess Travis Benjamin
65/68 plays
62/68 plays
41/68 plays
9/68 plays

Josh Gordon: 7 catches, 126 yards (9 targets). 1 carry, 0 yards.
Greg Little: 2 catches, 12 yards, 1 touchdown (5 targets).
Davone Bess: 2 catches, 21 yards (3 targets).
Travis Benjamin: 0 catches (2 targets). 1 carry, 45 yards.

Thoughts: I don't know if it was announced, but Greg Little is officially back in the starting lineup for the Browns. He had a nice catch that was ruled an incompletion. Travis Benjamin provided a first-half spark on an end-around, and also had a streaking route that he was overthrown on. Josh Gordon had a big day statistically.

Tight End
Jordan Cameron Gary Barnidge
MarQueis Gray
68/68 plays
20/68 plays
3/68 plays

Jordan Cameron: 5 catches, 64 yards (6 targets).
Gary Barnidge: 2 catches, 6 yards (3 targets).
MarQueis Gray: 1 carry, 10 yards.

Thoughts: Half of Jordan Cameron's yards came on a 33-yard garbage time catch on the Browns' final possession of the game. Gary Barnidge never seems to get any down-field routes. MarQueis Gray took an option play from quarterback and kept it, running for 10 yards and a first down.

Brandon Weeden
68/68 plays

Brandon Weeden: 26-of-43 for 292 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions. 2 carries, 10 yards.

Thoughts: It goes without saying that Brandon Weeden's interception was a big gaffe, one that his critics will be able to use against him for weeks to come. Weeden played a pretty good first half of football, and not all of the struggles in the second half should be pinned on him. The question isn't whether a different quarterback should go in because Weeden is terrible all-around, it's whether a new guy should be inserted because you don't trust Weeden to deliver in the fourth quarter.