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By Jonathan Bales

Running the Numbers: Stats on Cleveland Browns

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At DallasCowboys.com, I took a look at some interesting numbers on the Browns:

38.2: Percentage of Browns’ runs that have increased their chances of scoring.

The Browns may seem like a run-first team, but only four teams in the NFL have run less often than Cleveland. When the Browns do run, they aren’t particularly efficient. Success rate has proven to be the most predictive of all rushing stats because it tells you how often an offense is improving their ability to score on a given drive. With just a 38.2 percent success rate, the Browns rank 25th in the NFL, even behind the Cowboys at 38.7 percent. Cleveland’s lack of rushing efficiency is one reason they’ve been able to convert only half of their plays on third- and fourth-and-1 for a first down, well below the league average of 64.0 percent.

41.9: Percentage of Browns’ passes that have increased their chances of scoring.

With rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden’s struggles, the Browns rank just 30th in the NFL in passing success rate. In comparison, the Cowboys check in at fourth with a 53.5 percent success rate. With poor efficiency in both the running and passing games, it’s no wonder the Browns rank 27th for points in 2012. By the way, only four teams in the NFL have a higher rate of success on runs than passes: the Eagles, Redskins, 49ers and Bills.

Read the rest at the team site.

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