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

Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 24-3 victory over the Bengals.

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There is no team with a greater commitment to the running game than the Cleveland Browns. It's been rough the past few weeks, but the offensive line made some progress this week. Sure, the yards per carry average was only 3.3 YPC, but 52 rushes to only 23 passes? Awesome. 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
76/76 plays
76/76 plays
76/76 plays
76/76 plays
76/76 plays
1/76 plays

Thoughts: All five starters played the entire game. The Browns did not give up a sack. On the play in which QB Brian Hoyer got hit for a loss of four yards before he could even hand the ball off, is not counting that as a sack.

Running Back / Fullback
Terrance West
Kiero Small Ben Tate Isaiah Crowell
36/76 plays
30/76 plays
25/76 plays
15/76 plays

Terrance West: 26 carries, 94 yards, 3.6 YPC, 1 touchdown.
Ben Tate:
10 carries, 34 yards, 3.4 YPC, 1 touchdown. 2 catches, 27 yards (2 targets).
Isaiah Crowell: 12 carries, 41 yards, 3.4 YPC, 1 touchdown.
Kiero Small: No stats registered.

Thoughts: As stated in the introduction, the Browns not only committed to the run, but they did so effectively. Each of their three running backs scored a touchdown, a rarity in the NFL. Terrance West was the team's starting running back this week, and Isaiah Crowell finally got back into the mix. Crowell ran the ball 80% of the time he was in the game. West ran the ball 72% of the time he was in the game. Ben Tate only ran it 40% of the time he was in the game, showing Cleveland trusts him more in pass protection.

Wide Receiver
Taylor Gabriel Miles Austin Travis Benjamin Marlon Moore Rodney Smith
64/76 plays
48/76 plays
38/76 plays
9/76 plays
6/76 plays

Taylor Gabriel: 3 catches, 31 yards (5 targets).
Miles Austin: 5 catches, 48 yards (6 targets).
Travis Benjamin: 3 catches, 46 yards (5 targets).
Marlon Moore: No stats registered.
Rodney Smith: No stats registered.

Thoughts: Without Andrew Hawkins available, Taylor Gabriel saw the most reps at receiver, as I projected. All three receivers, particularly Travis Benjamin, showed impressive moves after the catch. Marlon Moore and Rodney Smith saw reps due to the team being thin at receiver. Smith will probably be the guy who gets waived once Josh Gordon is activated in two weeks.

Tight End
Jim Dray Gary Barnidge
59/76 plays
49/76 plays

Jim Dray: 0 catches (1 target).
Gary Barnidge: 2 catches, 46 yards (4 targets).

Thoughts: The tight ends weren't involved a lot, but Gary Barnidge had a great catch down the left sideline on a near-perfect throw by Brian Hoyer.

Brian Hoyer
76/76 plays

Brian Hoyer: 15-of-23 (65.22%) for 198 yards. 4 carries, 1 yard.

Thoughts: In prime time, Brian Hoyer delivered. At first, one had to naturally think that the wind was a factor in the game, due to how poorly Andy Dalton's throws were. When you watched Hoyer zip the ball with ease and on target, though, it was quite clear: Hoyer is a better quarterback than Dalton. If I could amend my pre-game ranking that took historical experience into account, I'd reverse my decision and give Cleveland the edge at quarterback.