5. Landry has 10 receptions
All of us were watching the game and thinking the same thing — Odell Beckham Jr. needed to be targeted. They had gone through the whole first half and it seemed as if No. 13 wasn’t even on the field. Then in the third quarter, the Brown’s decided they were going to get him involved. But they took that to an extreme. Instead of just targeting Odell Beckham, they decided it was a good idea to try force-feeding him — and it wasn’t working at all.
One pass after another hit the ground as Baker Mayfield and OBJ were just never able to get on the same page. He had 10 targets for the day, only catching three of those passes for 22 yards. Making it worse as the fact that he had16 of those yards coming on one play, meaning he had just six yards on his other two receptions.
Meanwhile, Jarvis Landry was over on the other side of the field playing very well. He had only six targets but caught five of those for 61 yards. Landry and Mayfield have had a much better rapport in their three years working together, whereas OBJ and Mayfield simply cannot get it figured out. This doesn’t mean they never will, but it has to happen naturally.
With all that being said, we can expect Cleveland to try and let things happen a little more naturally on Thursday night. With less time to prepare for the game, they’re going to stick with what works, and what work is No. 6 throwing to No. 80. Look for those two to connect early and often in the end, watch Landry pull in 10 receptions for the Browns offense.