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Browns’ offensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 16 - Amari Cooper gets best PFF grade of his career

Joe Flacco also had his highest grade since the 2014 season.

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

Week 16 Offensive Snap Counts

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Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Joe Flacco 76 93% 27-of-42 (64.3%) for 368 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT. 2 rushes, 1 yard. 1 two-point conversion.
QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson 9 11% 1-of-2 (50%) for 6 yards. 1 rush, -5 yards. 1 two-point conversion.
Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Jerome Ford 35 43% 15 carries, 25 yards (1.7 YPC), 1 TD. 1 catch, -2 yards (2 targets).
RB Kareem Hunt 31 38% 7 carries, 11 yards (1.6 YPC), 1 TD. 2 catches, 5 yards (4 targets).
RB Pierre Strong 13 16% 5 carries, 22 yards (4.4 YPC). 0 catches (1 target).
Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Amari Cooper 65 79% 11 catches, 265 yards (15 targets), 2 TD. 1 two-point conversion.
WR Elijah Moore 67 82% 2 catches, 19 yards (4 targets).
WR Charles Tillman 60 73% 2 catches, 13 yards (2 targets).
WR Marquise Goodwin 11 13% 0 catches (1 target).
WR David Bell 20 24% 1 catch, 6 yards (2 targets).
Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE David Njoku 65 79% 6 catches, 44 yards (9 targets), 1 TD.
TE Harrison Bryant 22 27% 1 catch, 6 yards (1 target).
TE Jordan Akins 15 18% 2 catches, 18 yards (2 targets).
Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Geron Christian 82 100%
OL Joel Bitonio 76 93%
OL Ethan Pocic 76 93%
OL Wyatt Teller 82 100%
OL James Hudson 82 100%
OL Nick Harris 9 11%
OL Michael Dunn 9 11%
  • QB: The legend of Joe Flacco continues, as the long-time Raven as quickly endeared himself to Browns fans. Facts are facts: the passing game is operating at a very high level, far better than what we’ve seen in 2022 and the first part of 2023. The throws that Flacco is consistently making, with very little help of a ground game, are unreal. Flacco graded out to a 91.5 by PFF this week, which is the highest grade he’s had from then since the 2014 season. Is this a match made in heaven, with respect to he and head coach Kevin Stefanski? Flacco had the unique situation this week in the second quarter onward of knowing he could be extra aggressive through the air, since Cleveland was not kicking the ball — it was either score a touchdown, or turn it over on downs. On one of Flacco’s interceptions (to Marquise Goodwin), I thought it was a good ball to give him a one-on-one chance, but Goodwin kind of let the defender get the advantage.
  • RB: I hate to beat a dead horse, but we’re seeing the same thing from the running game each week: Jerome Ford gets a couple of OK runs, but the instincts are clearly lacking. If there was one miscue that Flacco had, it was that he missed a screen pass to Kareem Hunt that probably would’ve gone for a touchdown with the blocking that was out in front.
  • WR: What a day for Amari Cooper, who broke the franchise record for receiving yards in a game. Even though the Texans getting two quick garbage time touchdowns was a bit frustrating, it did allow for Cooper and Flacco to get back in the game for that one final catch to make history. Cooper received a 94.9 grade from PFF, the highest of his career. Cedric Tillman only had two catches, but both went for first downs, including one on fourth down. Elijah Moore dropped a wide open pass that would’ve been a 20+ yard gain.
  • TE: Another strong day at the office for David Njoku, who has career highs in receiving yards and touchdowns, thanks to Flacco. Finally, a quarterback who just slings him the ball and lets him make plays. Jordan Akins also had his best catch of the season, absorbing a shot from a defender for a first down.
  • OL: It was great to see Ethan Pocic and Joel Bitonio back in the starting lineup, which makes those offensive line woes much less woeful.