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Browns' Offensive Snap Counts and Stats vs. Cowboys

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Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 35-10 loss to the Cowboys.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on offense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 9 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Quarterback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Cody Kessler
44
100% 19-of-27 (70.4%) for 203 yards, 1 TD. 2 rushes, 11 yards.

It was another turnover-free game for Cody Kessler, who posted a 104.4 QB rating. He has shown a knack for rolling out to keep plays alive in the red zone for touchdowns -- he got one to Terrelle Pryor that way and should've had one to Andrew Hawkins on the opening possession.

The big weakness that continues to stick out is his lack of downfield passing. He has about a handful of shots downfield, and better or stronger passes could have led to big plays or touchdowns. Each of them fell incomplete, though. The rush was getting to him more as the game went along, and I thought he eventually started trying to escape the pocket too early because it was in the back of his head.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Isaiah Crowell 22 50% 6 carries, 4 yards, 0.7 avg. 4 catches, 63 yards (4 targets).
RB Duke Johnson 22 50% 5 carries, 30 yards, 6.0 avg. 2 catches, 16 yards (2 targets).
RB Dan Vitale
6 14% No stats registered.

Isaiah Crowell had no where to go on the six plays he was handed the football. Without a running game, you need a strong downfield passing attack, something the Browns don't have under Cody Kessler. When the defense can't stop anybody either, it only compounds the issue. Crowell did get some nice work in as a receiver.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Terrelle Pryor 41 93% 5 catches, 47 yards (7 targets). 1 TD.
WR Corey Coleman
40 91% 3 catches, 41 yards (7 targets).
WR Andrew Hawkins 29 66% 2 catches, 13 yards (4 targets).
WR Rashard Higgins
4 9% No stats registered.
WR Ricardo Louis
2 5% No stats registered.

In Corey Coleman's first game back, he played in 40 of the team's 44 offensive snaps. Conditioning shouldn't have been a big issue for him, considering it was his hand, not his legs, that was out of commission since Week 2. He finished the game with 3 catches for 41 yards. Terrelle Pryor caught 5 passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. Andrew Hawkins couldn't haul in a potential touchdown on a scramble play to open the first quarter. Jordan Payton was inactive, and with Coleman back, Cleveland relied heavily on their top three receivers.

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE Gary Barnidge 44 100% 3 catches, 23 yards (3 targets).
TE Seth DeValve 5 11% No stats registered.
TE Randall Telfer
4 9% No stats registered.

I don't even remember the three catches by Gary Barnidge. Randall Telfer saw very little playing time this week, a contrast from the team's usual gameplan.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Joe Thomas 44 100%
OL John Greco
44 100%
OL Alvin Bailey 44 100%
OL Austin Pasztor 44 100%
OL Spencer Drango 39 89%
OL Cameron Erving
5 11%
OL Shon Coleman
1 2%

The offensive line allowed 4 sacks and 7 quarterback hits. I thought the pass protection was OK early on for the Browns, but once Dallas built a huge lead and knew Cleveland wasn't going to run the ball, they pinned their ears back and got to the quarterback often. Cameron Erving was ejected after just five plays, forcing John Greco to move to center, Alvin Bailey to shift over to right guard, and Spencer Drango to come in at left guard.