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

Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 37-24 win over the Bills.

Jason Miller

The Cleveland Browns' offense had another change in quarterback Thursday night against the Buffalo Bills, but they still did enough to put points on the board when it counted. 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
62/68 plays
68/68 plays

Oniel Cousins
Rashad Butler

6/68 plays
5/68 plays

Thoughts: The offensive line yielded five sacks and seven quarterback hits in the return game for Shawn Lauvao. Some of the sacks were on Brandon Weeden for taking so slow, but others were Mario Williams just having his way with our line. Lauvao didn't play every snap; Oniel Cousins was in his spot for six plays. Rashad Butler also saw some goal line work again as an extra lineman.

Running Back / Fullback
Willis McGahee Chris Ogbonnaya Bobby Rainey
50/68 plays
10/68 plays
10/68 plays

Willis McGahee: 26 carries, 72 yards, 2.8 YPC, 1 touchdown. 0 catches (2 targets).
Chris Ogbonnaya: 1 catch, 7 yards (2 targets).
Bobby Rainey: 2 carries, 8 yards, 4.0 YPC. 1 catch, -5 yards (1 target).

Thoughts: In his third game, there clearly weren't any restrictions placed on Willis McGahee, who saw 74% of the snaps, up dramatically from the 37% he saw last week. Some of his increase in playing time might have had to do with Chris Ogbonnaya suffering a concussion early. McGahee got the Browns' first rushing touchdown of the season.

Wide Receiver
Josh Gordon
Greg Little Davone Bess Travis Benjamin
62/68 plays
50/68 plays
31/68 plays
4/68 plays

Josh Gordon: 4 catches, 86 yards, 1 touchdown (6 targets).
Greg Little: 3 catches, 71 yards (5 targets).
Davone Bess: 2 catches, 25 yards (5 targets).
Travis Benjamin: 0 catches (1 target).

Thoughts: The wide receivers weren't targeted a lot during the game, but when they got their opportunities, they made them count. Greg Little had his best game of the season. Josh Gordon had a huge drop on the first possession that could have gone for a touchdown, but rebounded with a long touchdown grab later on. Davone Bess had the same exact stat line as he had a week ago. Travis Benjamin had a big game, but as a punt returner.

Tight End
Jordan Cameron Gary Barnidge
MarQueis Gray
66/68 plays
44/68 plays
8/68 plays

Jordan Cameron: 3 catches, 36 yards (5 targets).
Gary Barnidge: 1 catch, 2 yards (1 target).
MarQueis Gray: No stats registered.

Thoughts: This was Jordan Cameron's least impressive statistical day, but those who watched the game know that he made his catches count. Gary Barnidge and MarQueis Gray seemed to see even more fullback-type responsibility following the concussion to Ogbonnaya.

Brandon Weeden
Brian Hoyer
61/68 plays
7/68 plays

Brandon Weeden: 13-of-24 for 179 yards, 1 touchdown. 3 carries, 0 yards.
Brian Hoyer: 2-of-4 for 25 yards. 1 carry, 11 yards.

Thoughts: It's true that there was a clear difference in the awareness/speed factor between Brian Hoyer and Brandon Weeden, but Weeden deserves credit for his performance. He basically hadn't practiced in three weeks, hadn't practiced with Josh Gordon since the preseason, and hadn't had a chance to hand off to Willis McGahee. He pulled it together and made a couple of big throws and didn't turn the ball over.