Cleveland Browns Offensive Grade: A
The Browns only ran 46 plays on offense but made sure to make the most of each snap. After the team grabbed the lead quickly with the 99-yard pick-six by Denzal Ward, the Browns finally got the ball with a little over four minutes in the first quarter.
They went right to work getting their stud running back in the mix early. On that initial drive, Nick Chubb ran for 34 yards and caught a bullet from Mayfield for 26 yards. He then finished the nine-play drive off with one yard, well-earned touchdown.
When Mayfield got the ball again after his defense teammates forced the Bengals over on downs he immediately went to play action and hit wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones on a 60-yard pass that was right on target for six points.
After the offense had their first series in the second half — that didn’t go far — they got the ball back on their second possession and benefited again from running back Chubb as he took a handoff from Mayfield and burst through the line on his way to a dazzling 70 yard run for the score.
The Browns may have only run 46 plays on the day but they were very efficient all afternoon. As I suggested in an earlier article I wrote that I felt that Mayfield would likely see the field of play with much more clarity with the departure of the problem kid, which was very obvious in this first game post-Beckman.