The most exciting and impressive aspect of the game revolved around Amari Cooper and his record-setting receiving day. He finished with 11 catches for 265 yards and 2 touchdowns, which broke Josh Gordon’s single-game receiving yards record of 261 yards that he set against the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013.
Though Cleveland’s passing game was on fire against the Texans, they continue to struggle on the ground. Despite this fact, Jerome Ford’s touchdown run in the 1st quarter was a fun one to watch.
The play began with Joe Flacco motioning outside pre-snap with Jerome Ford lining up as a “Wildcat” QB in the backfield. At the snap, the backside wide receiver (“Z”) and tight end (“Y”) released inside and were tasked with blocking the boundary cornerback and safety. Amari Cooper (“X”) released up to block Houston’s slot corner Desmond King II, and Cedric Tillman (“F”) was able to crash inside and pin down the edge defender on the LOS.
The entire offensive line zone-blocked to the right except for James Hudson who pulled around Tillman’s block on the defensive end, and successfully blocked the outside cornerback. This Pin/Pull combination block was key to the success of the play because it wouldn’t have worked unless that edge player was sealed off.
Ford took the snap and followed Hudson to the outside, being able to bounce around his block and into the endzone for Cleveland’s first score of the day.
Kevin Stefanski consistently does a great job of using unique ways to score touchdowns on the ground near the endzone. These types of plays are going to be crucial going forward as the team looks to make the playoffs for the first time since 2020.
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