Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on offense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 2 game against the Baltimore Ravens.
||100%||20-of-33 (60.6%) for 260 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT.
Josh McCown got the Browns' offense off to a dazzling start, connecting on three straight third down conversions to start the game, the last of which included a touchdown pass as he took a shot from a defender. We knew early on that McCown was banged up, and unfortunately, the hits kept on coming throughout the game. As far as mistakes go, the biggest one he made was the interception at the end of the first half, and he knew it as he slammed his helmet to the ground on the sideline. McCown provided a jolt for the offense and was ready to lead a potential game-winning touchdown drive before the officials took over the game.
|RB||Isaiah Crowell||32||52%||18 carries, 133 yards, 7.4 avg, 1 TD. 1 catch, 15 yards (2 target).
||31||50%||3 carries, 12 yards, 4.0 avg. 4 catches, 44 yards (5 targets).
|RB||Malcolm Johnson||10||16%||No stats registered.
Isaiah Crowell had a big 85-yard touchdown run mid-way through the first quarter. Besides that run, he had 17 carries for 48 yards, a 2.82 average. That's OK, though -- big runs are fairly part of the game. Given the beating that McCown was taking and the lead Cleveland had at one point, though, I think it's a little surprising that Hue Jackson didn't try to run the ball a little more with Crowell or Duke Johnson in certain situations. Johnson saw an uptick in snaps this week, but he didn't carry the ball the entire second half.
|WR||Terrelle Pryor||56||90%||3 catches, 32 yards (10 targets).|
|WR||Corey Coleman||53||85%||5 catches, 104 yards (8 targets). 2 TD.|
|WR||Andrew Hawkins||37||60%||3 catches, 28 yards (3 targets).|
||7||11%||0 catches (1 target).|
|WR||Ricardo Louis||2||3%||No stats registered.|
Corey Coleman and Terrelle Pryor were each flagged for 15-yard personal foul and taunting penalties, respectively, which cost the Browns anywhere between 6 and 14 points, depending on how you want to look at it. Coleman's foul should have been offsetting, given that the cornerback actually connected on his swipe and was the second offender, but I get why a flag was thrown on at least one of the players there. The call on Pryor was complete trash.
From a receiving perspective, this was undoubtedly a breakout game for Coleman, who didn't show any of the "nerves" he had in the preseason or in Week 1. He flipped the switch. Pryor couldn't get as much separation as we've been accustom to, as the defensive backs often seemed to wisely ride him out of bounds so he couldn't get a good angle to the football. Andrew Hawkins had two third-down conversions and one first-down conversion in the two-minute drill.
|TE||Gary Barnidge||61||98%||4 catches, 37 yards (5 targets).
|TE||Randall Telfer||13||21%||No stats registered.
||5||8%||No stats registered.|
Gary Barnidge was not a focal point of the gameplan this week, as his receiving role had him catching dumpoff-type passes over the middle. There were no drops this week from him, which was a positive. Randall Telfer had to leave the game with a neck injury.
The offensive line allowed 3 sacks and 8 quarterback hits. Cleveland played seven offensive linemen because Cameron Erving had to leave on the final drive with a bruised lung. When he left, John Greco moved over to center and Alvin Bailey came in at right guard. Spencer Drango was the sixth lineman for three plays throughout the game, and I distinctively remember two of them early on in which he could not get to his man in space, resulting in a play not being able to develop like it could have. McCown took a beating in part because of the pass protection, but a good chunk of it honestly just has to do with the type of quarterback that he is -- he holds onto the ball long, and when he falls, he always seems to brace himself with that left shoulder.