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

Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 22-17 victory over the Buccaneers.

Jason Miller

The Browns' offense was somewhat similar to a week ago: they could only get field goals in the first half, but QB Brian Hoyer managed to throw two touchdowns in the second half despite having very little support in the running game. 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
Paul McQuistan
67/67 plays
67/67 plays
67/67 plays
67/67 plays
67/67 plays
2/67 plays

Thoughts: All five starters played the entire game. The Browns gave up three sacks, including two to DT Gerald McCoy, and C Nick McDonald clearly struggled. It wasn't the finest game for the right side of the offensive line in general. Paul McQuistan came in for a few snaps down near the goal line.

Running Back / Fullback
Terrance West
Kiero Small Ben Tate
37/67 plays
32/67 plays
30/67 plays

Ben Tate: 10 carries, 3 yards, 0.3 YPC. 4 catches, 29 yards (4 targets).
Kiero Small: No stats registered.
Terrance West: 15 carries, 48 yards, 3.2 YPC. 1 catch, 2 yards, 1 touchdown (1 target).
Isaiah Crowell: No stats registered.

Thoughts: Yikes...that was not a pretty stat line for Ben Tate. I think Tate left some yardage out on the field, but most of the time, the offensive line was just being blown up in his face. Terrance West had the advantage of getting some touches when the passing game was getting hot, but the play of the day was the blitz pickup he had to save his quarterback, which led to a touchdown pass. Isaiah Crowell didn't get any snaps -- I think Cleveland wants to utilize him when they are ahead by a good amount, but not when they have to trust his ball security.

Wide Receiver
Miles Austin Taylor Gabriel Andrew Hawkins Travis Benjamin
Marlon Moore
50/67 plays
42/67 plays
31/67 plays
22/67 plays
1/67 plays

Andrew Hawkins: 3 catches, 34 yards (8 targets).
Miles Austin: 3 catches, 54 yards (5 targets).
Taylor Gabriel: 5 catches, 87 yards, 1 touchdown (6 targets).
Travis Benjamin: 2 catches, 52 yards (4 targets).

Thoughts: This is a good stat line for all of the receivers, and fans of this site know that I love an even distribution. Travis Benjamin made two great catches over the middle, knowing he could've very well been decked. Andrew Hawkins got killed twice, and I'm hoping he doesn't have any day-after concussion effects. Miles Austin displayed his great hands on third down again, and Taylor Gabriel is the best offensive delight of the season.

Tight End
Jim Dray Gary Barnidge
45/67 plays
43/67 plays

Jim Dray: 1 catch, 26 yards (1 target).
Gary Barnidge: 2 catches, 16 yards (4 targets).

Thoughts: Besides West's blitz pickup, the pass to Jim Dray on 3rd-and-1 was clutch. Until I can review the film, I can't assess whether the tight end blocking was better this week on running plays.

Brian Hoyer
67/67 plays

Brian Hoyer: 21-of-34 (61.76%) for 300 yards, 2 touchdown, 2 interceptions. 3 carries, -1 yard.

Thoughts: We saw Brian Hoyer put up 300 yards passing for the first time this season. He threw one bad interception, and another that came off of a deflection, but overall, this was a much-improved performance than what we saw a week ago, particularly in the second half.