CLEVELAND: The chant appeared to return out of nowhere and rapidly grew louder throughout a replay overview to see if the Browns had certainly scored on a beautiful, play-action landing move.
O-B-J, O-B-J, yelled most of the 6,000 followers, acknowledging Odell Beckham Jr.’s 43-yard scoring reception from Baker Mayfield.
Just days in the past there have been cries in Cleveland to commerce the lightning-rod star receiver.
But Beckham bounced again from a nasty opener, Mayfield performed like he did as a rookie quarterback and the Browns confirmed off their offensive pyrotechnics and potential on Thursday night time in a 35-30 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, who had higher construct a wall round rookie QB Joe Burrow in the event that they’re going to ask him to throw 60 passes per recreation.
Beckham’s numbers weren’t spectacular 4 catches, 74 yards however the speedster occupied two Bengals defenders at instances, opening up house for Cleveland’s different playmakers. His second-longest TD catch since coming to Cleveland made it 14-Three within the second quarter.
The Browns had been balanced, working for 215 yards, passing for 219. They punted simply as soon as.
We might have ran throughout all of them night time if we wished, which we did, boasted Browns fullback Andy Janovich. But we might have had 300 or 400 yards if we wished.
It was a much-needed efficiency for the group following a Week 1 debacle in coach Kevin Stefanski’s first NFL recreation.
Mayfield thought of it a stepping stone.
It builds an unlimited quantity of confidence with us not having the prolonged week to organize,” stated Mayfield, who went 16 of 23 with two TDs and one interception. “I think that is going to build confidence for us, and us playing complementary football with the defense, that is the scary part is if we start clicking and keep getting better, it is going to be a fun ride.
And Beckham figures to be on it.
Despite the constant trade rumors that always seem to encircle Beckham, the Browns appear committed to the three-time Pro Bowler, who has expressed his comfort at being settled down in Cleveland along with a determination to win.
Of course that all could change with one bad loss, one sideline flare-up or a trade offer the Browns can’t refuse. But the win over the Bengals has calmed the waters in Cleveland, where there always seems to be waves.
Sometimes giant ones.
Cleveland’s running game could be the envy of pro football. Nick Chubb ran for 124 yards and two scores, Kareem Hunt added 86 on 10 carries and the Browns offensive line despite playing without starting right tackle Jack Conklin dominated.
On Chubb’s 11-yard TD run, he shrugged off the first contact at the 7-yard line and bulldozed his way through several Bengals and into the end zone. Hunt ripped off a 33-yarder in the fourth.
I think they are the two best in the NFL,” Janovich stated. “You see it, one reduce and they’re gone. They are simply gashing individuals.
WHAT NEEDS HELP
The Browns have given up 68 factors in two video games, and that’s not going to chop it irrespective of how good Cleveland’s offense is likely to be.
Injuries have decimated the linebacking group and secondary, however assist might be on the best way. Stefanski stated it’s potential beginning cornerback Greedy Williams (shoulder), linebackers Mack Wilson (knee) and Jacob Phillips (knee) might be again subsequent week.
Until then, Cleveland must get stops and get off the sphere. The Bengals went 5 for five on fourth down.
Mayfield was in command from the outset, and has briefly muted considerations his regression from final season will proceed.
Stefanski’s technique to get Mayfield exterior the pocket was efficient, and the QB was on level aside from a late power over the center that was intercepted.
Extremely correct, whether or not from the pocket or on the transfer, Stefanski stated in evaluating Mayfield. “He made actually good choices with the ball, albeit that one choose on the finish, which I do know he isn’t joyful about. Really performed quick. Led the group. He did a pleasant job.
Special groups had been higher, however can nonetheless enhance because the Browns had been gashed twice for lengthy kickoff returns.
The Bengals returned the opening kick 42 yards and Cleveland’s protection group later gave up a 45-yard return following Mayfield’s TD move to Beckham.
Defensive finish Adrian Clayborn (hip) was the one notable damage from Thursday’s recreation. That’s a significant plus for the Browns, who had been ravaged by injures in coaching camp and may use the additional days earlier than their subsequent recreation to get wholesome.
That’s precisely what beginning middle JC Tretter intends to do after testing his surgically repaired proper knee by taking part in two video games in 5 days.
38 years, 132 days Stefanski turned the youngest coach in Browns historical past to get his first win. Bill Belichick, who now has 274 profession victories, received No. 1 with Cleveland in 1991 at 39 years, 145 days.
Rest. The fast turnaround from Sunday to Thursday was traumatic and intensified by the group’s general ineptitude in Week 1. Beating the Bengals was a should. The Browns now have an opportunity to get wholesome earlier than internet hosting the Washington Football Team on Sept. 27.
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