Now that the Cleveland Browns have enjoyed the warm glow of their first victory, it’s time for them to improve their running game.
Brian Hoyer wasn’t perfect at quarterback, but since he threw three touchdowns in the 31-27 victory at Minnesota, the Browns can examine the fact that their running backs didn’t combine for 50 yards.
Nobody can blame Willis McGahee for gaining nine yards on eight carries. He just joined the team in the middle of the week. Once he gets his legs under him, he will improve.
Bobby Rainey gained 17 yards on his first four carries as a member of the Browns.
Chris Ogbonnaya carried the ball twice for 23 yards. The Browns need him as a blocker and receiver out of the backfield as opposed to using him as the featured back.
Strangely enough, the Browns rushing numbers were very respectable: 17 carries, 103 yards and 6.1-yard average. That’s because Josh Aubrey and Josh Gordon ran for 34 and 22 yards, respectively, on gadget plays.
So the mission this week is to establish the running game so the visiting Cincinnati Bengals can’t devote all their defensive efforts to stopping Hoyer and the passing game.
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