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

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Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 31-27 win over the Vikings.

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The Cleveland Browns' offense came to life in Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings in a game that saw major changes at the quarterback, wide receiver, and running back positions. 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
73/73 plays
73/73 plays
73/73 plays
73/73 plays
73/73 plays

Thoughts: The entire starting unit played 100 percent of the snaps this week. The offensive line yielded three sacks and seven quarterback hits, which was by far their best outing of the season, albeit still not very good in the second half.

Running Back / Fullback
Chris Ogbonnaya Bobby Rainey
Willis McGahee
45/73 plays
22/73 plays
14/73 plays

Chris Ogbonnaya: 2 carries, 23 yards, 11.5 YPC. 4 catches, 30 yards (5 targets).
Bobby Rainey: 4 carries, 17 yards, 4.3 YPC. 1 catch, 4 yards (1 target).
Willis McGahee: 8 carries, 9 yards, 1.1 YPC.
Josh Aubrey: 1 carry, 34 yards, 34 YPC.

Thoughts: The Browns went with a committee approach at running back, although Chris Ogbonnaya saw the most action as he doubled up again as a blocking fullback. Ogbonnaya was also part of the receiving game and had a big first down catch-and-run on the final drive. Bobby Rainey had a couple of promising runs. Willis McGahee made some mistakes, but I expect his workload to increase with a full week of practice coming up.

Wide Receiver
Josh Gordon
Davone Bess Greg Little Travis Benjamin
70/73 plays
62/73 plays
57/73 plays
2/73 plays

Josh Gordon: 10 catches, 146 yards, 1 touchdown (19 targets). 1 carry, 22 yards.
Davone Bess: 7 catches, 67 yards (10 targets).
Greg Little: 3 catches, 19 yards (8 targets).
Travis Benjamin: No stats registered.

Thoughts: What a day by Josh Gordon. He certainly showed that he's a guy quarterbacks want to target, as he was given a look 19 times, coming away with 10 catches. Greg Little didn't start, but was still on the field for the majority of the team's snaps, and also saw action as the team's kick returner this week. Travis Benjamin only seemed to play when Gordon came up limping on the final drive. Three of Davone Bess' receptions went for first downs on third down.

Tight End
Jordan Cameron Gary Barnidge
65/73 plays
28/73 plays

Jordan Cameron: 6 catches, 66 yards, 3 touchdowns (11 targets).
Gary Barnidge: No stats registered.

Thoughts: The touchdown reception on the fake field goal for Jordan Cameron doesn't count toward his offensive snap count (that is a special teams play). Nonetheless, three touchdown catches? Awesome. We haven't seen Gary Barnidge be involved in the passing game the past two weeks, and I think that's because they desperately need him as an extra blocker. Watch us to surprise a team with something like a tight end screen with him soon, though.

Brian Hoyer
Spencer Lanning
73/73 plays
0/73 plays

Brian Hoyer: 30-of-54 for 321 yards, 3 touchdowns, 3 interceptions. 1 carry, -2 yards.
Spencer Lanning: 1-of-1 for 11 yards, 1 touchdown.

Thoughts: For the record, Spencer Lanning did not take an offensive snap, but I had to include his picture just as a shout out. Brian Hoyer made a lot of mistakes after a hot start, but the key is he stayed confident late in the game and led a game-winning drive. Those don't happen very often for Cleveland these days, so I'll cherish it. He also played himself into consideration for getting more starts this season.