THE ENQUIRER /// THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2014 C7

cincinnati
starters

cleveland
starters

PROBABLE OFFENSE

PROBABLE OFFENSE

Mohamed Sanu
12

WR

6-2

Andrew Hawkins
210

3

16

A.J. Green
18

WR

6-4

207

4

73

LT

6-7

335

9

75

LG

6-5

310

4

68

C

6-3

RG

6-4

306

R

315

77

3

RT

6-4

340

6

Jermaine Gresham
84

TE

6-5

260

5

72

advanced
analytics

84

HB

6-4

QB

6-2

RB

6-1

254

19

R

6
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220

4

235

R

PROBABLE DEFENSE

Carlos Dunlap
96

DE

6-6

DT

280

5

Deep looks into the statistical abyss aren’t necessary to gauge what losing Pro Bowl center
Alex Mack (above) to a broken leg three games ago has done to the Browns’ offense.
One quick glance at last week’s game against Tampa Bay showed play after play where
center Nick McDonald either whiffed on a block or, in the case of Gerald McCoy’s firstquarter sack, was pancaked into the lap of Brian Hoyer. Over the two games that McDonald has started, Pro Football Focus rated him the worst center in the league by a long shot.
Here are the Browns’ yards per carry and yards per game before and after the Mack injury:

DT

6-1

303

First
five

5

6-3

322

9

Wallace Gilberry
92

DE

6-2

275

7

Emmanuel Lamur
59

LB

6-4

240

Last
three
First five

LB

6-0

255

4

LB

6-2

249

2

Leon Hall
29

CB

5-11

195

8

Terence Newman
23

CB

5-10

197

12

S

6-4

S

5-11

C

6-4

306

3

RG

6-4

318

7

RT

6-5

320

7

249

4

215

9

6-4

215

6

5-10

220

5

242

R

TE

6-5

WR

6-2

RB

5-9

DE

6-4

323

7

6-2

325

7

6-4

300

3

270

6

251

11

Ahtyba Rubin
DT

DE

Paul Kruger
99

LB

6-4

Karlos Dansby
LB

6-3

Craig Robertson

First five

Last three

30 rushes, 121 yards, 4.0 avg, 8 TDs

13 rushes, 20 yards, 1.5 avg, 1 TD

53

LB

6-1

234

3

Barkevious Mingo

CLEVELAND AGAINST THE RUN
Injuries also have hurt the Browns on defense. They are without massive defensive end
Phil Taylor, former UC Bearcats lineman John Hughes and defensive end Armonty Bryant.
The switch to 33-year-old Karlos Dansby has hampered run stuffing. Each of the last four
primary running backs to go up against Cleveland enjoyed a quality day on the ground.
That bodes well for Jeremy Hill to repeat his showing against Jacksonville.
12-59, 4.90

RB

Desmond Bryant

56

19-87, 4.60

QB

PROBABLE DEFENSE

90

Last three

22-127, 5.80

18-82, 4.60

51

LB

6-4

240

2

5-9

185

4

5-11

195

5

205

3

208

9

Buster Skrine
22

CB

Joe Haden
23

CB

Tashau Gipson
220

3

39

Reggie Nelson
20

R

Billy Winn

52.7

George Iloka
43

40

71

3

Nico Johnson
52

146.4

The Mack injury deflated the Browns the most in the red zone. Over the first five games
they made a living punching the ball in on the ground when inside the 20. The last three
it has been an abject disaster. Here are the splits on red-zone running in the first five
games compared to the last three.

Vinny Rey
57

305

Kiero Small

79

1.90

4.40

Domata Peko
94

6-4

Ben Tate
44

MACK TRUCKED

Geno Atkins
97

LG

Brian Hoyer

Jeremy Hill
32

8

Miles Austin

Andy Dalton
14

312

Jordan Cameron

Ryan Hewitt
89

6-6

Mitchell Schwartz

Andre Smith
71

LT

John Greco

Kevin Zeitler
68

4

Nick McDonald

Russell Bodine
61

180

Joel Bitonio

Clint Boling
65

5-7

Joe Thomas

Andrew Whitworth
77

WR

S

5-11

Donte Whitner
210

8

B. Rainey, TB

D. McFadden, OAK

D. Robinson, JAX

L. Bell, PIT

31

S

5-10