3. Spread the ball around
Very few teams in the NFL have as many offensive weapons on their roster as the Browns do. The Browns have Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt at running back, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry at receiver, and Austin Hooper, David Njoku, and Harrison Bryant at tight end.
Five of those seven players are Pro Bowlers. Mayfield and Stefanski must continue to find a way to utilize all of their weapons because it makes it very difficult for a defense to stop when they do not know where the ball is going.
Last week against the Ravens, Stefanski, and Mayfield struggled in distributing the ball. Nick Chubb only had 10 carries while they seemingly forced the ball to OBJ with 10 targets when some simply were not there. The game against the Bengals was a completely different story.
The offensive highlights were Chubb with 22 carries and one catch, Hunt had 10 carries and two catches, and OBJ had four catches on six natural targets which allowed him to rack up 74 yards and a TD. Despite only having 16 completions, Baker completed a ball to eight different receivers on the night. It was truly a balanced attack and the Bengals simply could not stop it, as evidenced by the Browns having just one punt.
Cleveland can confuse defenses with their array of weapons and look for Stefanski to continue to do that as the season progresses. This 10-day break before Washington will be good for the team’s health and scheming as well.
The Browns seemed to find their identity offensively last night. A recipe of running the ball, keeping Mayfield comfortable in the passing game, and distributing the ball to their weapons should lead to plenty of Browns success going forward this season.