Cleveland Browns vs. San Diego Chargers: Game Preview

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Sep 27, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback

Josh McCown

(13) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Offense Needs To Take Advantage

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine is sticking to his guns and bringing Josh McCown back for game four. McCown had a really mediocre game against Oakland. On one hand he threw for 341 yards for 2 TDs and 1 INT. On the other hand, he threw 28 for 49 and missed out on a few wide open receivers throughout the game.

McCown also did not get many of those completions until later in the game. With how much he was throwing the ball (49 passes to 14 runs) a lot of the offense’s movement relied on him.

Unfortunately the Browns did not move the ball as efficiently as they wanted to.

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This time around the pocket will be a little less crowded. The Chargers have only one sack so far this season, so the opposing pass rush should not do too much damage as long as Cleveland’s offensive line plays to their potential. This should give McCown more time to read the field and find receivers.

Doing that should lead to a higher completion percentage throughout the game.

The rushing game needs to improve as well. The Browns only amassed 39 yards on the ground against Oakland. Due to the lack of success on the ground, the Browns had their passing game take on the bulk of the work offensively.

The Browns are not a team that was built to throw the ball 40+ times a game so they will need to find success on the ground if they plan on moving the ball efficiently. They did a lot of this when they won their game against the Tennessee Titans.

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