|QB||Baker Mayfield||69||100%||22-of-37 (59.4%) for 249 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT. 4 rushes, 35 yards, 1 TD.|
- Baker Mayfield was defended by Pro Football Focus after the game, with respect to the number of interceptions he’s thrown:
The late INT yesterday was a great example. It's not a throw that deserved to be picked off, but it's also not a good throw.— Gordon McGuinness (@PFF_Gordon) October 14, 2019
- The second tweet is a good one. “It’s not a throw that deserved to be picked off, but it’s also not a good throw.” Those of you who have read my commentary over the years know how important I think ball placement is for a quarterback. Yes, the receivers should be catching some of those balls — but Mayfield can improve his fall placement significantly to improve the of his receivers securing the catches.
- On the bright side yesterday, Cleveland finally played a team that played man defense, which created some running lanes for Mayfield. It is a part of his game that can be effective, but was non-existent through the first five weeks. Of course, it was also the reason he suffered a hip injury mid-game that had him in pain.
|RB||Nick Chubb||59||86%||20 carries, 122 yards (6.1 YPC). 2 TD. 5 catches, 17 yards (6 targets), 1 fumble.|
|RB||Dontrell Hilliard||10||14%||2 catches, 17 yards (3 targets).|
|RB||D'Ernest Johnson||1||1%||No stats registered.|
- Another game, and another strong effort from Nick Chubb, who averaged 6.1 yards per carry. Dontrell Hilliard had two big plays in the game — first on the opening kickoff to set up the first touchdown, and later on a fourth down reception. Unfortunately, he had a pass go off his hands on the final drive, for an interception. I want Hilliard to catch that, but part of me is also hating the fact that you have a running back trying to catch a hot slant pass.
|WR||Odell Beckham||68||99%||6 catches, 101 yards (11 targets).|
|WR||Jarvis Landry||66||96%||3 catches, 36 yards (5 targets).|
|WR||Antonio Callaway||47||68%||2 catches, 22 yards (4 targets).|
- This was not a good day for the receivers, starting with Odell Beckham. Mayfield threw him two timing passes early on, and although the ball placement could be better, this is Beckham, the same guy who catches hundreds of passes one-handed at the Juggs machine for fun at practice. He should catch those in his sleep as an elite receiver. He and Mayfield just aren’t on the same page chemistry-wise.
- Antonio Callaway played 68% of the snaps, while Rashard Higgins was active but didn’t play a snap. After the game, Higgins said he didn’t know why he didn’t play, because he was expecting to. On Monday, Freddie Kitchens said that they had a certain package for Higgins that they just didn’t get to. I’m sorry, but, what the fuck? Mayfield desperately needs someone he has top-notch chemistry with, and that is Higgins.
|TE||Ricky Seals-Jones||47||68%||3 catches, 47 yards (6 targets). 1 TD.|
|TE||Pharoah Brown||23||33%||1 catch, 9 yards (1 target).|
|TE||Demetrius Harris||19||28%||No stats registered.|
- One big change we saw this week was that Ricky Seals-Jones took over the leading snaps at tight end, playing 68% of the game. He was wide open on a touchdown pass and continues to look like an asset at receiver.
- Pharoah Brown played 33% of the snaps, while Demetrius Harris only played 28% of the snaps. I wish we had Darren Fells back.
- The Browns’ offensive line did a solid day pass protecting, as Mayfield was not sacked once and didn’t take a single quarterback hit.
- The run blocking was blown up at times, but Chubb still found enough holes to average over six yards a pop. A hold by Greg Robinson on the final drive had a huge butterfly effect impact, leading to the interception.