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Browns’ offensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 15 - Flacco remains incredible

Amari Cooper, Marquise Goodwin, and David Njoku all had big fourth quarter receptions.

NFL: DEC 17 Bears at Browns Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on offense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 15 game against the Chicago Bears.

Week 15 Offensive Snap Counts

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Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Joe Flacco 68 99% 28-of-44 (63.6%) for 374 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT. 1 carry, -1 yard.
QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson 1 1% 1-of-1 (100%) for 5 yards.
Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Jerome Ford 35 51% 8 carries, 20 yards (2.5 YPC). 4 catches, 11 yards (5 targets).
RB Kareem Hunt 22 32% 7 carries, 8 yards (1.1 YPC). 1 catch, 12 yards (1 target).
RB Pierre Strong 12 17% 2 carries, 2 yards (1.0 YPC). 2 catches, 9 yards (2 targets).
Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Amari Cooper 65 94% 4 catches, 109 yards (8 targets), 1 TD.
WR Elijah Moore 54 78% 2 catches, 17 yards (3 targets).
WR Charles Tillman 50 72% 4 catches, 52 yards (8 targets).
WR Marquise Goodwin 7 10% 1 catch, 57 yards (1 target).
WR David Bell 5 7% No stats registered.
Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE David Njoku 58 84% 10 catches, 104 yards (14 targets), 1 TD.
TE Harrison Bryant 19 28% 0 catches (1 target).
TE Jordan Akins 11 16% 1 catch, 8 yards (1 target).
Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Geron Christian 69 100%
OL Wyatt Teller 69 100%
OL James Hudson 69 100%
OL Nick Harris 68 99%
OL Michael Dunn 59 86%
OL Joel Bitonio 11 16%
OL Luke Wypler 4 6%
OL Leroy Watson 3 4%
  • QB: It is amazing how Browns fans (understandably so) are willing to fall on the sword for Joe Flacco as our ride-or-die quarterback to save the 2023 season. Even when he was throwing multiple interceptions against the Chicago Bears, it was being absolved of the blame (i.e. “two of those picks were the fault of the rookie receiver!” or “the defensive back made a hell of a play.”). The Bears played an aggressive mentality in trying to guard the shorter routes, and when it came down to crunch time, Flacco adjusted and was brilliant in the fourth quarter. That throw to Amari Cooper? Oh my goodness. And the touch pass to David Njoku to set up the game-winning field goal? Flipping fantastic. We are all-in on Flacco. Everything he has accomplished in a few weeks, with 4/5 of the starting offensive line now absent, is incredible. It’s also glaring when you think about how quickly Flacco has picked things up, versus how long it took Deshaun Watson to shake off his “rust.”
  • RB: The Bears came in with one of the top-ranked run defenses in the NFL, and Cleveland came in struggling to find consistency on the ground. It’s no surprise that the Browns only averaged 1.6 YPC. Hopefully, fans can understand a bit more why the Browns are having to shift to a more frequent passing attack. However, that playaction fake still sets up a lot of Flacco’s open options downfield.
  • WR: I didn’t realize before the game that Marquise Goodwin was finally back and active. I was itching to see the connection between he and Joe Flacco, and they connected for a 57-yard bomb on their first attempt. Goodwin is going to be a great weapon or decoy for Flacco’s arm, but then running some guys underneath that. Amari Cooper did a great job walking the tightrope along the sideline for the game-tying touchdown. Cedric Tillman caught some flak for the two interceptions, but he was led into a shot by a defender on the short pass that led to the pick six, and the other one, the quarterback and receiver weren’t on the same page. I don’t think the game diminishes Tillman’s stock. David Bell’s reps took a little hit with Goodwin returning.
  • TE: Another week, and another great game for David Njoku. After all these years, he finally has a quarterback who loves to throw him the ball. Njoku also got open for what looked to be a sure second touchdown, but the defensive back did make a hell of a play on it. His two catches on the final drive set up Cleveland’s game-winning field goal.
  • OL: And then, there was Wyatt Teller — the lone man left standing on the offensive line. I thought for a second that we were going to be down to third on the depth chart at center too when Nick Harris went down, but he returned after one play. We’ll see what the status of Joel Bitonio is. This patchwork unit held it together, but the thing you’re seeing is more flags being called on them.