The Browns defeated the Bengals, 21-16, but Cincinnati is heading where Cleveland expected to go: the NFL playoffs as AFC North champions.
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Case Keenum didn’t blow anyone away with his performance in Cleveland, but his two touchdowns were enough to put the necessary distance between the Browns and Bengals. Two-thirds of his throws were targeted short of the sticks, as he dinked and dunked his way through the action.
|Yards Per Attempt||7.3|
|Average Depth of Target||4.8|
Much like last week, D’Ernest Johnson took the bulk of the workload in the backfield, handling 25 of his team’s 41 carries. Johnson averaged five yards a carry, and one-third of his runs moved the chains.
Wide Receivers/Tight ends
Regardless of who plays quarterback for the Browns, finding Jarvis Landry is customary. The slot receiver finished Sunday’s action with six grabs on eight targets, leading both teams in the two categories.
NFL backups typically don’t provide much in terms of premium pass rush, and Cleveland operated with a clean pocket for nearly all of Sunday’s game. Keenum averaged 2.80 seconds to throw, and the offensive line was responsible for just two pressures all game, pending review.
|Player||Pass-Rush Snaps||Pressures||Knockdowns (Hits + Sacks)||Pass-Rush Wins|
Jacob Phillips made his way to the quarterback on one of his three blitzes, finishing with a sack. Phillips added five solo tackles, three being defensive stops, against the Bengals’ rushing attack.
A.J. Green put forth a strong showing against the Bengals’ wideouts. The defensive back was targeted seven times but allowed only one catch for a meager two yards. Greg Newsome II did not share his teammates’ good fortune, giving up a catch on all seven of his targets for 55 yards and a score.
Brandon Allen made the start for Cincinnati as it prepares for the Wild Card round, and he threw for a meager 136 yards and one touchdown in Sunday’s loss. Allen completed just half of his throws and averaged less per passing attempt than his average depth of target (5.2).
|Yards Per Attempt||4.7|
|Average Depth of Target||5.2|
Trayveon Williams and Chris Evans split duties at running back, gaining a combined 73 yards on 16 carries for the Bengals. Sixty-one of those yards came after contact, and just three runs gained 10-plus yards.
Wide Receivers/Tight ends
Ja’Marr Chase likely worked up more of a sweat in warmups than in game action, running just four routes before hanging out on the sideline. Trent Taylor led all Bengals in receiving yardage, with 41 on just two receptions.
D’Ante Smith allowed only one pressure, but that doesn’t reflect the number of losses the backup guard had in his 28 opportunities. On five separate occasions, Smith was beaten by his assigned pass-rusher, one leading to a sack.
|Player||Run-Defense Snaps||Tackles||Defensive Stops||TFL/No Gain||Avg. Depth of Tackle|