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Browns’ offensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 13 - Joe Flacco pushes the ball downfield

Harrison Bryant and Elijah Moore also saw an uptick in production.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on offense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 13 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Week 13 Offensive Snap Counts

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Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Joe Flacco 71 100% 23-of-44 (52.3%) for 254 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT.
Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Jerome Ford 36 51% 9 carries, 19 yards (2.1 YPC). 3 catches, 33 yards (3 targets), 1 TD.
RB Kareem Hunt 25 35% 12 carries, 48 yards (4.0 YPC). 1 catch, 0 yards (1 target).
RB Pierre Strong 10 14% 2 carries, 20 yards (10.0 YPC).
Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Charles Tillman 66 93% 2 catches, 20 yards (6 targets).
WR Elijah Moore 52 73% 4 catches, 83 yards (12 targets).
WR David Bell 29 39% 2 catches, 12 yards (2 targets).
WR Amari Cooper 23 32% 3 catches, 34 yards (5 targets).
Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE David Njoku 59 83% 2 catches, 17 yards (6 targets).
TE Harrison Bryant 31 44% 5 catches, 49 yards (5 targets), 1 TD.
TE Jordan Akins 12 17% 1 catch, 6 yards (1 target).
Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Geron Christian 71 100%
OL Joel Bitonio 71 100%
OL Ethan Pocic 71 100%
OL Wyatt Teller 71 100%
OL Dawand Jones 71 100%
OL Michael Dunn 8 11%
OL Nick Harris 3 4%
OL James Hudson 2 3%
  • QB: Is it possible that Browns fans have been so desperate for someone to throw the deep ball and stretch the field, that we are now obsessed (in a good way) over Joe Flacco’s ability to do it? Flacco ran the offense well, had great zip on his balls, and guided the offense well for 3.5 quarters. I thought the use of the playaction pass was effective because teams are still keying in on the run, so it froze those guys up front and allowed Flacco time to deliver the ball downfield without much pressure. Unfortunately, Flacco had the interception mid-way through the fourth quarter that helped seal Cleveland’s fate instead of leading a comeback, but I’m intrigued about keeping Flacco as the starter the rest of the season.
  • RB: It was a bit of a slow start for Jerome Ford, who still doesn’t seem to have the instincts on which cuts to make for maximum yardage. He did pop wide open on the first drive for a receiving touchdown. Kareem Hunt was consistently gaining positive yardage, and believe it or not, his 4.0 YPC was a season-high.
  • WR: With Amari Cooper hurt early and having to exit, Elijah Moore saw plenty of targets. He came close to making a couple more sideline grabs and had a solid day, showing even more so why the Browns need to focus on just letting him be a receiver and cut out the trick play stuff with him. David Bell had two grabs. Moore scored a solid 77.8 grade from PFF, ranked second on offense.
  • TE: The biggest change statistically with Flacco under center was that Harrison Bryant became a favorite target of his, having his best game of the season in catching all 5 passes, including a touchdown. Bryant was the Browns’ highest-graded player by PFF (84.4).
  • OL: Left tackle Geron Christian (72.1) graded well again, best among the Browns’ offensive line. Will he keep the job when Jedrick Wills is able to return? The pass protection kept Flacco clean this week; things only fell apart on the last two snaps of the game, when the Rams got back-to-back sacks in obvious passing situations.