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

Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 23-17 loss to the Chiefs.

David Welker

The Cleveland Browns didn't start the game so hot offensively against the Kansas City Chiefs, going three-and-out in their first three possessions and being outgained in yards by a ridiculous amount. By the end of the contest, the Browns actually outgained the Chiefs in yardage, but still fell 23-17, thanks to some major miscues by WR Davone Bess. 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
53/53 plays
53/53 plays
53/53 plays
53/53 plays
53/53 plays

Thoughts: The offensive line yielded one sack and four quarterback hits. This was easily their best game of the season in pass protection, and it came against a Chiefs defense that led the league in sacks. That's a good sign for the rest of the season.

Running Back / Fullback
Chris Ogbonnaya Willis McGahee Fozzy Whittaker
25/53 plays
23/53 plays
8/53 plays

Willis McGahee: 9 carries, 28 yards, 3.1 YPC. 2 catches, 0 yards (2 targets).
Chris Ogbonnaya: 3 carries, 12 yards, 4.0 YPC. 3 catches, 15 yards (4 targets).
Fozzy Whittaker: 2 catches, 22 yards, 1 touchdown (2 targets).

Thoughts: It was the same story for Willis McGahee as the lead ball carrier: the offensive line struggles to get a push early, and McGahee has no ability to get past the defenders in the backfield. Later in the game, though, he can rip off a couple of runs through a hole over the middle. He had one that could have set up a game-tying field goal at the very least in the fourth quarter, but it was called back due to a questionable holding penalty. Fozzy Whittaker was not used very much this week, but Campbell did target him twice in the passing game, including on a wheel route touchdown in the third quarter.

Wide Receiver
Josh Gordon
Greg Little Davone Bess Travis Benjamin Brian Tyms
49/53 plays
48/53 plays
30/53 plays
4/53 plays
2/53 plays

Josh Gordon: 5 catches, 132 yards, 1 touchdown (10 targets).
Greg Little: 1 catch, 8 yards (3 targets).
Davone Bess: 3 catches, 27 yards (8 targets).
Travis Benjamin: No stats registered.
Brian Tyms: No stats registered.

Thoughts: This was a great bounce back game for Josh Gordon, who would've had an even bigger day had he seen the bomb that Jason Campbell threw him on the opening possession. Davone Bess was obviously a goat for dropping a first down pass early, not being able to haul in a tougher pass a little bit later, muffing a punt, and not hauling in a makeable fourth down play. Travis Benjamin's injury allowed Brian Tyms to get on the field for two snaps.

Tight End
Jordan Cameron Gary Barnidge
MarQueis Gray
52/53 plays
20/53 plays
4/53 plays

Jordan Cameron: 4 catches, 81 yards (4 targets).
Gary Barnidge: 1 catch, 3 yards (1 target).
MarQueis Gray: 1 catch, 5 yards (1 target).

Thoughts: The Browns didn't target Jordan Cameron much, but when they did, they went for big plays. He made a nice adjustment to a 38-yard pass in the air, but didn't realize he wasn't touched down; you wonder if he could've gotten some more yards on that play if he got up and ran. Gary Barnidge had his usual meaningless catch of the week, and was otherwise used as a blocker. There weren't any tricks in play for MarQueis Gray this week.

Jason Campbell
53/53 plays

Jason Campbell: 22-of-36 for 293 yards, 2 touchdowns. 3 carries, 17 yards.

Thoughts: I think I saw this on WFNY's Twitter feed: the Browns' depth chat at quarterback should simply read, "not Brandon Weeden." Let's be fair to Jason Campbell, though: he did an outstanding job. He had a perfect internal clock to negate the Chiefs' pass rush, hit his receivers in stride for the most part, and, dare I say it, throws a better deep ball than Weeden. His mobility / escapability was a huge plus too. When the Chiefs starting respecting the passing game more later in the game, our running backs were able to find some better holes. Hopefully Campbell can keep this up.