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Browns’ offensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Playoff win vs. Steelers

Cleveland’s offense played at a very high level in a prime time postseason rivalry game.

Wild Card Round - Cleveland Browns v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on offense for the Cleveland Browns’ Wildcard Weekend victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Baker Mayfield 67 100% 21-of-34 (61.8%) for 263 yards, 3 TD. 5 rushes, 3 yards.
  • What a freaking game for Baker Mayfield. Think back to the 2019 season and how many flaws this guy had. Most of us still believed in him, but were still a little discouraged that he wasn’t performing at a higher level. Now, he’s to the point where he’s not just feelin’ dangerous, but the rest of the league is recognizing it too. Beyond his footwork, his “feel” for the game is just at an exceptionally high level right now. Although he doesn’t do the same insane throws that Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen make, he has that same “feel” for the game that you can’t teach, along with his leadership skills.
  • The highest-graded offensive player on the Browns, per PFF, was Mayfield with a grade of 90.5. PFF also highlights how well he did against the blitz, and how quickly he got rid of the ball (2.4 seconds to pass), which is something I preached prior to these past two games after seeing how Week 6 turned out.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Nick Chubb 39 58% 18 carries, 76 yards (4.2 YPC). 4 catches, 69 yards (4 targets), 1 TD.
RB Kareem Hunt 25 37% 8 carries, 48 yards (6.0 YPC), 2 TD. 1 catch, 13 yards (1 target).
RB Andy Janovich 4 6% No stats registered.
RB D'Ernest Johnson 3 4% No stats registered.
  • How was that for fresh legs? The offensive line did a commendable job, but Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt each had that explosive factor from the get-go, something that had lacked a bit earlier this season when each back was a little banged up.
  • Chubb is such as an asset as a receiver too, but Hunt usually gets the bulk of that work. It was very smart to utilize Chubb in that capacity more this week to throw the defense for a loop, especially the perfectly-timed screen pass to Chubb in the fourth quarter.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Jarvis Landry 58 87% 5 catches, 92 yards (8 targets), 1 TD.
WR Rashard Higgins 52 78% 2 catches, 28 yards (7 targets).
WR Donovan Peoples-Jones 46 69% 1 catch, 8 yards (2 targets).
  • Speaking of explosive, Jarvis Landry put some great moves on the Steelers’ defenders to get separation within the first few yards of his route. Granted, Pittsburgh also helped Cleveland out by matching a linebacker on him a few times, but Landry beat the Steelers’ highly-touted nickelback for his first catch, which went for a touchdown.
  • Rashard Higgins had 2 catches, but it’s not often you see 5 targets that he and Mayfield didn’t connect on. No worries, though — they’ll get it polished up.
  • Donovan Peoples-Jones wasn’t too involved as a receiver this week, but he slipped on one route that nearly led to a pick six, if not for the defender flubbing it.

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE Austin Hooper 60 90% 7 catches, 46 yards (11 targets), 1 TD.
TE Harrison Bryant 22 33% No stats registered.
TE David Njoku 21 31% 1 catch, 7 yards (1 target).
TE Stephen Carlson 5 7% No stats registered.
  • Austin Hooper had 7 catches and a touchdown catch, but for a guy who never dropped any passes in Atlanta, he’s had a tough time hanging on to a lot of Mayfield’s passes. There was one clear drop he had against Pittsburgh, and the other one was a drop that I’ll give him a pass on — I’m talking about the one where the defender flashed in front of him in the end zone.
  • David Njoku caught one pass, but continues to improve and show motivation as a blocker. Good for Njoku, he has brought the right attitude over the second half of the season, and although he doesn’t have flashy stats to show for it, I think fans have taken notice of his consistency.
  • Stephen Carlson again recovered an onside kick this week.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Jedrick Wills 67 100%
OL JC Tretter 67 100%
OL Wyatt Teller 67 100%
OL Michael Dunn 53 79%
OL Kendall Lamm 50 75%
OL Jack Conklin 17 25%
OL Blake Hance 14 21%
  • The Steelers had registered a sack in every game for years, but that streak came to an end against the Browns. It was a combination of smart offense and players stepping up. I mean, heck, we thought having Michael Dunn and Kendall Lamm in for much of the game would be a disaster, but they delivered, as did fill-in Blake Hance:
  • Wyatt Teller continues to be a joy to watch. I watched some of Jake Burns’ film breakdown this week, and I think Teller single-handedly compensated for the losses of Bitonio and Conklin. He has that much of an impact.