Offensive Line: F
The play of the offensive line needs to be explained no further than the lack of running game, and the six sacks they allowed. The inability to create holes for running backs as well as pass block stagnated the Cleveland offense in a way which made sustaining drives impossible.
The running game only averaged 2.7 yards per carry, forcing the Browns into too many predictable passing situations. Then, Kessler was forced out of the pocket on almost half of his dropbacks, a ridiculous stat. Coming in, the Titans were hoping to make the Browns’ offense one-dimensional. But thanks to the play of the offensive line, the Browns had no real dimensions to their offense.
Returning from injury, center Cameron Erving had the worst game of his career. Granted, he may have been playing somewhat hurt, but the anchor of this offensive line was manhandled on both running and passing plays. Not to go too far into the past, but Erving’s play on Sunday made some Browns fans do a double take on whether or not the Florida State product was truly drafted in the first round.
In addition to all of this failure, this critical unit committed far too many penalties. From several false starts, to a holding, to a face mask, to a delay of game, the line was in on a lot of mishaps. The result of this was long situations in second and third downs, partially accounting for Cleveland’s low 3-14 third-down conversion rate.