Cleveland Browns won't win AFC North without run game

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Nov 3, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Willis McGahee (26) runs the ball as Baltimore Ravens nose tackle Haloti Ngata (92) wraps him up in the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports


The Cleveland Browns have a chance to become a legitimate threat to win the AFC North division if they can go into the Queen city and pull-off a win against their in-state rivals in the Cincinnati Bengals, who lead the North by just 1.5 games. A win would also give the Browns a season-sweep and assure them that a tie between the two teams at the end of the year would leave the Browns crowned division champs.

The one thing that’s holding the Browns back is a lack of commitment to establishing a running game. The Browns have thrown the ball 369 times and run 200 this year. That means they are throwing 65 percent of the time. Only the Atlanta Falcons at 70 percent have thrown on a higher percentage of its plays.

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