Cleveland Browns: 3 takeaways from the offense after loss to Ravens
Isaiah Crowell provided fans with the most exciting play of Sunday’s game when he scored on an 85-yard touchdown run, giving him a touchdown in each of the first two games this season.
Along with the touchdown run, Crowell finished with 133 yards on 18 carries. It was a great improvement over his 12-carry, 62-yard performance in Week 1, when many of his yards came once the game was essentially over.
Take away his big run Sunday and he finished with 48 yards on 17 carries, an average of 2.82 yards per carry. That is not a great number, but the goal is to score touchdowns, so if one big run leads to that it is better than having a high average and the team struggling to find the end zone.
The Browns are going to rely on the running game in this week’s matchup against the Dolphins, as Kessler may be limited to short, safe passes all game. The success of the run game relies on the play of the offensive line as well, but the absence of Cameron Erving may actually help the cause.
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This is not me expressing any happiness over Erving being injured. It was a scary situation and no one should ever root for a player to be injured. It is just to say that he has been struggling and someone else playing in his spot, in this case it is John Greco, may provide a different result. Based on how Crowell did Sunday, a new look up front could lead to even better results.