Browns have a running game now
Credit Baker Mayfield for this, too. How good did the Browns’ rushing attack look after Mayfield entered the contest?
All of a sudden defenses have to respect the rookie’s ability to stretch the field.
Enter Carlos Hyde.
The Ohio State product carried the ball 23 times for 98 yards and two touchdowns during the Browns’ win against the Jets Thursday night.
The rushing attack looked doomed to fail again at New York with Taylor under center as it had in Weeks 1 and 2 against Pittsburgh and New Orleans.
Everything changed when Mayfield enter the game.
Hyde’s also come as advertised in in short-yardage situations, sniffing out the end zone twice from just beyond the goal line against the Jets. Ripping off a 1- or 2-yard touchdown run may not be a huge deal, but having a nose for the end zone for a team that’s struggled to score touchdowns shouldn’t be overlooked.
The Raiders defense is ranked 22nd against the run. Hyde should find some room to inflict some damaged the line should see some improved run blocking grades.