After being held to just 38 rushing yards and no scores over his last two tilts, Crowell busted out of his slump Sunday, averaging 5.3 yards per carry and finding pay dirt. He did, however, only rush 12 times -- a season low -- but that can be contributed to the
Crowell rushed nine times for 16 yards, and caught both of his targets for 20 more Sunday in Tennessee.
Crowell was bottled up by an effective Titans run defense, and also ceded much of his workload to pass-catching back Duke Johnson as the Browns staged an unsuccessful comeback attempt in a 28-26 loss. Despite an 0-6 record, Cleveland has been extremely competitive and thus able to give Crowell at least 12 carries in every game prior to this one. Expect his touches to bounce back up to their normal levels in what promises to be a physical affair with the in-state rival Bengals next week.
Crowell had his first poor performance of the season, as the Patriots stuffed him on almost every attempt. The third-year back entered the game averaging a league-leading 6.5 yards per carry, but managed just a measly 1.7 yards per carry Sunday. He also failed to score a touchdown for just the second time this season. Crowell will look to get things going again versus the Titans in Week 6.
Crowell now has two games of over 100 yards rushing through the first four weeks, as he continues to be Cleveland's featured back in front of Duke Johnson. Coming into Sunday's matchup, the 23-year-old was third in the league with 6.1 yards per rushing attempt, but that was boosted after he averaged a whopping 7.5 yards per carry versus Washington. Crowell will look to continue his dominance in Week 5 against a strong run defense in the Patriots.
Crowell (knee) practiced fully Thursday.
Crowell's return to a full practice Thursday puts him on track to continue to work in tandem with Duke Johnson on Sunday against Washington. Crowell turned his 42 Week 3 snaps against Miami into 15 carries for 79 yards, while Johnson's 41 snaps resulted in 10 carries for 69 yards and five caches for 12 yards.
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