Odell Beckham Jr.’s Absence Caused Massive Ripple Effect

To no one’s surprise, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s absence significantly impacted Cleveland’s offensive game plan against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Beckham was deemed inactive a few short hours before kickoff, leaving the Browns without an established receiver with game-breaking speed. Rookie wideout Anthony Schwartz had a few impressive plays down the field, but Beckham’s presence would have completely changed the game.

Cleveland only put up 17 points against Kansas City in the AFC Divisional Round last season, largely because Beckham could not play. They did not have another player who could attack the Chiefs vertically, so the Browns had to resort to a more conservative passing game plan.

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