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Browns’ offensive snap counts, stats, and PFF notes: Week 16

Cleveland’s offense gained nearly 500 yards of offense against the Bengals.

Cincinnati Bengals v Cleveland Browns Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on offense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 16 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.


Player Plays % Stats
Player Plays % Stats
Baker Mayfield 69 100% 27-of-37 (73%) for 284 yards, 3 TD. 6 rushes, 16 yards.
  • Getting to see Baker Mayfield in person for the first time was a thing of beauty. This week, his specialty was getting the ball quick out to the sideline for eight yard routes. He has the arm strength to get it out there easily. One thing you really appreciate is his work in the red zone, putting the ball exactly where his tight ends needed it to use their size to secure a touchdown.
  • Mayfield received the highest offensive grade (86.8) from PFF. PFF said “Mayfield went 10-of-12 for 150 yards and two touchdowns when blitzed, earning a perfect passer rating of 158.3 and an elite offensive grade (98.1).”

Running Back

Player Plays % Stats
Player Plays % Stats
Nick Chubb 39 57% 19 carries, 112 yards (5.9 YPC). 2 catches, 3 yards (3 targets).
Duke Johnson 32 46% 2 carries, 12 yards (6.0 YPC). 6 catches, 54 yards (6 targets).
Dontrell Hilliard 8 12% 1 catch, 15 yards (1 target).
  • Another thing I appreciated in person was the Browns’ running backs. Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson are just amazing — Chubb with his reads and power, and Johnson with his shiftiness that makes defenders miss over and over.
  • Per PFF, Chubb gained 100 of his rushing yards after contact. He received a game grade of 83.8, while Johnson was second offensively with an 84.6. A couple of Johnson’s “catches” were pitches forward at the line of scrimmage that were more like runs. The Browns continue doing a good job of mixing Dontrell Hilliard into the mix too.

Wide Receiver

Player Plays % Stats
Player Plays % Stats
Jarvis Landry 58 84% 4 catches, 47 yards (8 targets). 1 rush, 6 yards. 1-of-1 for 63 yards.
Antonio Callaway 47 68% 0 catches (1 target).
Rashard Higgins 43 62% 6 catches, 60 yards (7 targets). 1 TD.
Breshad Perriman 32 46% 2 catches, 76 yards (4 targets).
Damion Ratley 3 4% No stats registered.
  • It looks like Freddie Kitchens wants to make a habit of turning Jarvis Landry into a receiver, runner, and passer. It’s the second game this year that he has registered stats in each category. Early in the game, it was weird — he just wasn’t looking for the ball when Mayfield delivered it. He got it together, though, and his pass downfield was right on the button.
  • No catches for Antonio Callaway, but Rashard Higgins was involved early and often — 6 catches, including a pretty catch-and-run with a dive over the pylon for six. He now has 4 touchdowns on the year and is on pace to surpass 500 yards despite missing several games.
  • Breshad Perriman caught the deep ball by Landry, and with how he is playing, you have to wonder how in the world the Ravens couldn’t figure him out. Maybe he will burn them again on Sunday.

Tight End

Player Plays % Stats
Player Plays % Stats
David Njoku 40 58% 3 catches, 73 yards (4 targets). 1 TD.
Darren Fells 28 41% 3 catches, 18 yards (3 targets). 1 TD.
Seth DeValve 14 20% 1 catch, 1 yard (1 target).
  • I was at a game last year in which the Browns could’ve sealed the game with a catch by David Njoku against the Packers. It was ruled a first down, but replay overturned the call to a drop. We collapsed and lost the game. 2018 is a whole different year. This year, Njoku catches the ball and runs like a crazy guy almost to the end zone. He did make me nervous by not switching the ball to his left hand, which risked a fumble.
  • Darren Fells did a nice job boxing out in the corner of the end zone for another touchdown catch. He now has three touchdowns on the year, tying a career-high.

Offensive Line

Player Plays % Stats
Player Plays % Stats
Greg Robinson 69 100%
Joel Bitonio 69 100%
JC Tretter 69 100%
Kevin Zeitler 69 100%
Chris Hubbard 69 100%
Austin Corbett 1 1%
  • Get this: the Browns didn’t allow a sack or quarterback hit all game. Holy smokes.
  • Per PFF, the Browns were first in pass-blocking efficiency (92.9) this week and only allowed six pressures all games.

Over the last six games, the Browns have the highest PBE (90.0) and have allowed just two sacks and zero quarterback hits.