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Browns' Week 5 Offensive Snap Counts vs. Ravens

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Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 33-30 victory over the Ravens.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts on offense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 5 game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Quarterback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Josh McCown
88
100% 36-of-51 (70.6%) for 457 yards, 2 TDs, 1 2-pt. conversion. 3 carries, 12 yards, 1 TD.

I didn't think McCown could top last week's performance, but he did. The crazy part about the game is that we actually saw a lot of "bad McCown" in the first half -- he was inaccurate on several passes and also had a bad interception negated by a roughing the passer penalty. He directed several touchdown drives in the second half and made smart decisions when the pressure was bearing down on him. He'll now go into the record books for multiple franchise records, including most consecutive 300-yard games (three), and most passing yards in a single regular season game.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Duke Johnson 54 61% 9 carries, 22 yards, 2.4 avg. 6 catches, 55 yards (8 targets).
RB Isaiah Crowell
34 39% 13 carries, 49 yards, 3.8 avg. 2 catches, 38 yards, 1 TD (2 targets).
FB Malcolm Johnson 6 7% No stats registered.

The running game didn't gain a lot of traction until the final offensive drive of the game, and then in overtime. At that point, Baltimore either had to be exhausted, or just were too afraid of McCown continuing to light them up. The running backs did play a huge factor in the receiving game. Not only did they have 8 catches for 93 yards, but a lot of those catches went for first downs. Expect Robert Turbin to be added to the mix next week, where he could become the team's short yardage back.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Travis Benjamin 78 89% 6 catches, 83 yards (12 targets).
WR Andrew Hawkins 72 82% 7 catches, 49 yards (9 targets). 1 2-pt conversion.
WR Brian Hartline 46 52% 1 catch, 5 yards (3 targets).
WR Taylor Gabriel 35 40% 4 catches, 75 yards (5 target).

Travis Benjamin wasn't able to spring free on the deep ball, but still made six catches on intermediate routes. Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel both provided maximum contributions with their abilities to shake free from defenders. Dwayne Bowe was inactive, and the offense didn't really need him. Brian Hartline returned from injury, but did drop two passes that were somewhat tough, but I'm sure he'd tell you that he thinks he should've had.

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE Gary Barnidge 80 91% 8 catches, 139 yards, 1 TD (10 targets).
TE Jim Dray 21 24% 1 catch, 7 yards (1 target).
TE Rob Housler 14 16% 1 catch, 6 yards (1 target).

What more can you say about Gary Barnidge? The guy is becoming one of the best receiving tight ends in the NFL out of no where. I'm sure Ray Farmer is going to add that to his resume (letting Jordan Cameron walk because we had Barnidge). Even Rob Housler made a catch in this game!

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Joe Thomas 88 100%
OL Joel Bitonio 88 100%
OL Alex Mack 88 100%
OL Mitchell Schwartz 88 100%
OL John Greco 88 100%

The offensive line surrendered four sacks, but did a pretty good job in protection, given the amount of times Cleveland was obviously lining up to pass the ball. The running lanes were not there early. As LT Joe Thomas said after the game, every time they went to their run formation, the Ravens just blitzed the hell out of them, so he approved of the, "screw it, let's put our three jitterbugs and Barnidge out there and just throw it."

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Amount of Offensive Plays, By the Week

  • Week 1: 71 plays
  • Week 2: 49 plays
  • Week 3: 75 plays
  • Week 4: 71 plays
  • Week 5: 88 plays*

We'll have coverage on the defensive snap counts later on.