After an 0-2 start, the Cleveland Browns were sitting at No. 31 in ESPN’s power rankings. They traded RB Trent Richardson and replaced injured QB Brandon Weeden with Brian Hoyer. Three wins later the Browns have jumped to No. 16 in the network’s weekly list.
The summary from the graphic associated with the Browns reads “Cleveland is 3-0 since trading Trent Richardson, averaging 94 rushing yards per game with 14 first downs. They averaged 56 rushing yards and three first downs before the trade.”
For full disclosure, ESPN probably needed to add that the Browns average 10 more rushing attempts per game since trading Richardson. That has a little bit to do with the total rushing yards being better. Cleveland averages 3.58 yards per carry since trading Richardson.
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