The Cleveland Browns have gotten off to a blazing start on offense on Sunday and they aren't showing any signs of slowing down. Following a touchdown pass from the Tennessee Titans, Baker Mayfield found Donovan Peoples-Jones for a 75-yard touchdown pass.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 6, 2020
Following Tennessee's response to Cleveland's quick 17-0 start, the Browns didn't waste time striking right back. Kevin Stefanski, as he's done all season, called a play-action pass for Mayfield, who's done well in play-action.
The former No. 1 overall pick would do a masterful fake and would allow Peoples-Jones to create separation down the field. Mayfield uncorked a deep pass to the rookie wideout, who ran under the ball and easily waltzed into the end zone for a massive Browns touchdown.
Peoples-Jones, who the Browns took in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, has seen an inconsistent role in the offense this season. Despite Odell Beckham Jr. going down with a season-ending injury earlier this year, Peoples-Jones has caught a pass in only two games.
However, back in Week 7, the game that Beckham got injured, Peoples-Jones contributed three receptions for 56 yards and a Browns touchdown. Since that game in Week 7, coming into Sunday's contest, he's had only two receptions for 16 yards.
Besides Jarvis Landry, the Browns don't have many pass-catching weapons in the offense. As Cleveland continues to evolve as an offense, we may see more of Peoples-Jones moving forward.
The Browns have found a way to patch together these disparate pieces of their offense. The best and most admirable aspect of the 2020 season for Cleveland is that a first-year head coach has been able to give his team direction and coherence in the midst of injuries and roster dislocations.
Critics will say the Browns have beaten a lot of teams with losing records, but Cleveland is merely beating the teams on its schedule. Lots of NFL teams can do that but fail.
The Browns are actually getting the job done.