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

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Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 23-7 loss to the Texans.

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The Browns had their second forgetful offensive game of the season on Sunday, losing to the Texans by a score of 23-7. It appears that Cleveland, without C Alex Mack, simply doesn't match up well against teams that boast a physically dominant presence somewhere on the defensive line (in this case, J.J. Watt). 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 Joel Bitonio
Nick McDonald
John Greco
Mitchell Schwartz
100%
77/77 plays
100%
77/77 plays
100%
77/77 plays
100%
77/77 plays
100%
77/77 plays

Thoughts: All five starters played the entire game. They allowed two sacks, but quite a bit of pressure to the Texans' defense.


Running Back / Fullback
Isaiah Crowell Ray Agnew Ben Tate Terrance West
66%
51/77 plays
25%
19/77 plays
21%
16/77 plays
13%
10/77 plays

Isaiah Crowell: 14 carries, 61 yards, 4.4 YPC, 1 fumble lost. 2 catches, 30 yards (4 targets).
Ben Tate: 2 carries, -9 yards, -4.5 YPC. 0 catches (1 target).
Terrance West: 5 carries, 12 yards, 2.4 YPC.
Ray Agnew: No stats registered.

Thoughts: There have now been two big momentum-shifters in Cleveland losses this season. The first came when Mike Pettine opted to go for it on fourth down against the Jaguars instead of kicking a field goal to go up 9-0, and the second game against the Texans when RB Isaiah Crowell fumbled before the end of the second quarter. I can't explain the way the Browns have handled their running back situation this season, nor do I agree with it. If running back is such a fluid position, why don't we see depth chart changes at other positions, based on how the player did during the "practice" week?


Wide Receiver
Miles Austin Andrew Hawkins Taylor Gabriel Travis Benjamin
66%
51/77 plays
62%
48/77 plays
61%
47/77 plays
42%
32/77 plays

Miles Austin: 3 catches, 31 yards (8 targets).
Andrew Hawkins: 6 catches, 97 yards, 1 touchdown (13 targets).
Taylor Gabriel: 5 catches, 92 yards (13 targets).
Travis Benjamin: 1 catch, 23 yards (3 targets).

Thoughts: In the week before Josh Gordon's return, we saw Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel try as hard as they could to get Cleveland back in the game. A few weeks ago, I said that Travis Benjamin's reps should change when Gordon comes back, but now I'm convinced that it has to be Miles Austin who sees a decline. Austin had his only poor outing of the season, and while he can still be dependable, he doesn't break open regularly like Hawkins, Gabriel, and Benjamin do.


Tight End
Gary Barnidge Jim Dray Ryan Taylor
77%
59/77 plays
62%
48/77 plays
5%
4/77 plays

Gary Barnidge: 1 catch, 11 yards (5 targets).
Jim Dray: 2 catches, 46 yards (2 targets).
Ryan Taylor: No stats registered.

Thoughts: The defense kept having breakdowns on Jim Dray in the passing game, but Brian Hoyer didn't see him wide open late in the game. I think Gary Barnidge was kept in to help block against J.J. Watt at times, but I'll have to check. Hopefully Jordan Cameron can be cleared for contact to give the Browns' offense another much-needed big target.


Quarterback
Brian Hoyer
100%
77/77 plays

Brian Hoyer: 20-of-50 (40%) for 330 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception. 3 carries, -6 yards.

Thoughts: This wasn't Brian Hoyer's finest hour, nor was it his worst hour. If he gets a couple more weapons back -- Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron -- and has an outing like this, though, there would be some greater room for concern. The low completion percentage is disappointing, but having watched the game, this wasn't an "Andy Dalton" type of performance.