For anyone who has followed the Cleveland Browns these first three weeks, one thing that has stuck out is the inconsistency of the Browns' passing attack.
The offense of the Browns has shown signs of life with a running game ranked 11th in the league, but a lack of production at the wide receiver position has made it difficult to maintain a good balance.
Through three games, Cleveland's wide receivers have combined for a meager 257 yards receiving with more than half of that total coming from do-everything playmaker Joshua Cribbs.
Running back Peyton Hillis has provided a spark to the offense and leads the team in rushing yards and receptions. Also, the tight end duo of Ben Watson and Evan Moore have been very productive, but the overall passing attack has left a lot to be desired.
Cleveland has been competitive and has held a lead in the fourth quarter in each of the first three games of the season. Unfortunately, for three consecutive weeks, the Browns have lost that lead and the game.
The lack of receiving talent has shown itself at the end of games, making it virtually impossible for Cleveland to regain the lead before the final whistle.
Starting this week against the Cincinnati Bengals and moving forward, the Browns will have to find a way to increase the effectiveness of the passing offense.
Otherwise, the offense runs the risk of becoming one-dimensional and will continue to have difficulty moving the ball late in games.
The following is a look at some possible creative, if unorthodox, ways that Cleveland can squeeze more production from its 22nd-ranked passing offense.