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By Jonathan Bales

Running the Numbers: Breaking Down Cleveland’s Tendencies

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My latest Running the Numbers post analyzes some of the Browns’ tendencies thus far in 2012.

22.7: Percentage of Brandon Weeden’s passes that have been play-action.

The Browns love to use play-action passes, doing so on nearly one-fourth of all attempts. Cleveland generally likes to take shots downfield following play-action, as evidenced by Weeden’s low completion rate (49.3 percent) following run-action. Nonetheless, like most NFL quarterbacks, Weeden’s yards per attempt (YPA) on play-action (6.8) is higher than his efficiency on straight dropbacks (6.1).

12.5: Percentage of Weeden’s passes that have been deep.

Weeden throws deep passes (those that travel at least 20 yards) at the 10th-highest rate in the NFL. His deep passing has been woeful in his inaugural season, however; the rookie has completed only nine of his 42 deep passes (21.4 percent). A big portion of those targets have gone to speedster Josh Gordon. Gordon’s four deep receptions have averaged 48 yards and he’s scored on three of them, i.e. the Cowboys really need to monitor Gordon down the field, especially following play-action looks.

Check it out at DallasCowboys.com.

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