Cleveland Browns vs. Oakland Raiders: 5 players who will decide Week 4

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Carlos Hyde, RB

When Baker Mayfield replaced Tyrod Taylor in Week 3, the Cleveland Browns soon discovered that they had a running game.

Defenses could no longer play closer to the line. With Mayfield’s ability to stretch the field, defenses had to be honest.

And what do you know? Holes opened up long enough for Hyde to hit pay dirt to a tune of 23 carries for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

For as great as Mayfield’s been, the Browns still need the running game to work in order to facilitate his growth.

Mayfield throwing 45 times is not the key to success. Successfully running the ball, keeping the defense on their toes enough for Mayfield to strike is what the Doctor ordered.

If Hyde produces in in this one, the viewing audience should see Mayfield make plays. If he doesn’t, John Gruden might be able to throw some schemes at the rookie that will make life difficult in his first pro start.

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Hyde’s rushed for 201 yards on 63 carries, with four touchdowns this season.