Grading the first quarter of the Cleveland Browns 2022 season

Browns, Nick Chubb. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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First quarter grade: Offense

Going into the season, it was unknown what the Browns were going to be able to get out of Jacoby Brissett at quarterback. But, everything considered, Brissett has played above expectations through the first four games. While Brissett has shown some limitations, he has also demonstrated the ability to be a competent triggerman who can carry out a game plan.

That game plan is lean heavily on Nick Chubb, sprinkle in some Kareem Hunt, and utilize play action, screens, and use bootlegs to hit chunk plays. And as long as the Browns stay ahead of the sticks in unpredictable downs and distances, it is a recipe for success.

Through four games, Cleveland has one of the most efficient offenses in the NFL. Currently, the Browns are fourth in total yards a game (384.8), second in rushing yards (187.3), and first in time of possession per game (35:38). This is a formula that is perfect for the personnel they have, especially while Brissett is at the helm.

In two of their first four games, Brissett has been able to unlock Amari Cooper to keep the offense unpredictable. However, when teams have been able to disrupt Brissett’s connection with Cooper the offense becomes a little one note. It will be up to Kevin Stefanski to scheme up some creative ways to get Brissett some high percentage chunk throws to receivers not named Cooper for this offense to take the next step.

Ultimately, this unit will only be as good as their red zone efficiency. The Browns are currently scoring touchdowns on just over 56 percent of their red zone opportunities. If they want to keep this ship afloat until Deshaun Watson comes back from his suspension, that number needs to be upward of 70 percent. It’s achievable, but it’s going to take both the play calling and execution to make it happen.

All in all, the Browns’ offense has been a surprising bright spot on this young season.

Offensive first quarter grade: B

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