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Browns vs. Football Team Final Score: Cleveland forces 5 turnovers, beats Washington 34-20

The Browns are now 2-1 on the season.

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It feels good to be 2-1! The Cleveland Browns won their second straight home game, defeating the Washington Football Team 34-20. Let’s get to the recap of the game.


1st Quarter

Cleveland received the ball to begin the game, and although some creative formations were utilized, the drive stalled after a false start by LT Jedrick Wills and a dropped checkdown pass. P Jamie Gillan pinned Washington back inside the 10 yard line to begin their first drive. Similar to Cleveland, Washington had a couple of plays to drive to midfield, but a second-down stuff by DT Larry Ogunjobi for a loss of 5 yards helped force a punt.

Cleveland only managed one first down on their second drive of the game before punting back to Washington. The Browns nearly had an interception on their next drive when CB Denzel Ward waited to catch a duck, but a Washington receiver drilled him to knock the ball free for an incompletion. The drop proved costly. QB Dwayne Haskins found a couple of quick completions for his receivers to have catch-and-runs, leading Washington into the red zone. Haskins found WR Dontrelle Inman on a 17-yard touchdown pass, beating Ward and S Andrew Sendejo to give them a 7-0 lead near the end of the first quarter.


2nd Quarter

Cleveland converted a 4th-and-7 from the 37 yard line to get into field goal range. On 4th-and-5 from the 24 yard line, Mayfield’s throw on the slant for TE Harrison Bryant was too out in front, leading to an incompletion. K Cody Parkey connected on the 42-yard field goal to make it a 7-3 game.

The Browns’ defense forced a couple of incompletions on the next drive, but then on 3rd-and-10, Haskins found WR Terry McLaurin wide open for a catch-and-run of 33 yards after another receiver set a pick on CB Terrance Mitchell. A holding penalty on Washington set them back a little on the next play, and on 2nd-and-25, Haskins’ deeper pass was picked off by S Karl Joseph. Joseph returned it 49 yards, but then fumbled — fortunately, CB Tavierre Thomas hopped on to the loose ball after Washington botched the recovery.

After an 11-yard completion over the middle to WR Odell Beckham, RB Nick Chubb showed great patience and moves on this 16-yard touchdown run to give the Browns a 10-7 lead.

Cleveland’s defense kept up the pressure on the next drive. As Haskins tried to escape from pressure on third down, DE Myles Garrett got the edge of Haskins undershirt and hilariously stretched it to the max, refusing to let it go, to bring him down for the sack.

The Browns went three-and-out on their next series after RB Kareem Hunt was stopped for a loss on 3rd-and-1. Washington took over their next series leading into the two-minute warning. On 3rd-and-7 on the first play after the warning, Haskins stared down his receiver and LB Malcolm Smith jumped it for an interception, giving Cleveland the ball at the 24 yard line.

After 11- and 4-yard runs by Chubb to begin the drive, on 2nd-and-6 from the 9 yard line, Mayfield sent Hunt to the outside on an empty backfield. Hunt ran a simple stick route for a touchdown, giving the Browns a 17-7 lead at the half.


3rd Quarter

Washington went three-and-out on their opening drive of the third quarter, led by an 8-yard sack on third down by DT Sheldon Richardson. Washington got off a great 60-yard punt with no return to give the Browns their worst starting field position of the day. After a 4-yard gain on first down, Mayfield didn’t throw the ball away early enough and took an intentional grounding for a big loss. That led to a punt, giving Washington their best starting field position of the game at midfield.

The Football Team capitalized on the short field, keyed by a 3rd-and-6 crossing route to RB J.D. McKissic, who was uncovered by the Browns at the line. That set Washington up for a goal-to-go situation, and on 1st-and-goal from the 2 yard line, RB Antonio Gibson punched it in from 2 yards out. K Dustin Hopkins missed the point after try, making it a 17-13 game with nine minutes to go in the third quarter.

Washington’s defense continued to turn up the heat in the third quarter, sacking Mayfield on the first play for a loss of 9 yards after Wills was beat by DE Montez Sweat. That led to another three-and-out, and Washington took over near midfield after the punt for the second series in a row. They marched the ball down to the 8 yard line and decided to go for it on 4th-and-2, and they converted for a first down. A botched handoff on first down set them back, though, and eventually facing a 3rd-and-goal from the 11. It didn’t matter — Haskins found Inman for his second touchdown pass of the game, up the left seam, to re-take the lead at 20-17 with two minutes to go in the quarter.

Cleveland got their first two first downs of the half to end the quarter, as Mayfield found Beckham on 3rd-and-12 and then FB Andy Janovich for a 13-yard catch-and-run to midfield.


4th Quarter

Chubb got the fourth quarter off to a bang with runs of 6 and 25 yards, into the red zone. Then Hunt came in for gains of 9 and 4 yards to set up 1st-and-goal from the 5 yard line. After a 2 yard run by Hunt on first down, Mayfield found Bryant on a crossing route for a 3 yard touchdown pass to put Cleveland back up 24-20 with 11:14 to go in the game.

Not facing good starting field position this time, Washington had an offensive pass interference call to set them back with a 1st-and-20. On 3rd-and-15, Haskins was picked off by LB B.J. Goodson, with Cleveland taking over at the 35 yard line. After a stuff of the run on first down, Mayfield lasered a pass to Beckham for 15 yards and a first down. Chubb took the next handoff 20 yards for a touchdown on the same play he had success on earlier, with RG Wyatt Teller leading the way. That gave Cleveland a 31-20 with 8:40 to go in the game.

On Washington’s next drive, after getting to midfield, Garrett came around the edge and sacked Haskins — he forced a fumble on the way down, and the ball happened to ricochet right to Garrett as he was standing for the turnover!

Hunt took over on the next drive, and made a great on-handed falling catch on 3rd-and-2 to extend the drive.

Later in the drive, Cleveland went out on 4th-and-4 despite being in field goal range — but it was to draw the defense offsides, and it worked! Parkey hit a 30-yard field goal to give the Browns a 34-20 lead and the victory.


Up Next

The Browns will play on the road next Sunday, October 4th, in their Week 4 match-up against the Dallas Cowboys. The stadium will have more fans than what Cleveland has seen in their first three games.


Quick Hitter Stats

  • QB Baker Mayfield: 16-of-23 (69.5%) for 156 yards, 2 TD.
  • RB Nick Chubb: 19 carries for 108 yards (5.68 YPC), 2 TD. 1 catch, 2 yards (1 target).
  • RB Kareem Hunt: 16 carries, 46 yards (2.88 YPC). 2 catches, 18 yards (3 targets), 1 TD.
  • WR Odell Beckham: 4 catches, 59 yards (6 targets).
  • DE Myles Garrett: 2 sacks, 1 FF.
  • 3 interceptions.

Quick Hitter Notes

  • The key to the game for Cleveland was to not turn the ball over. By the end of the game, the Browns didn’t have a single turnover, while Washington turned it over five times.
  • Even though the running game was a bit slow to start the game, Kevin Stefanski stayed committed to it. Chubb was great in rushing for over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns again, and gained steam later in the game, much like he did a week ago, and had another receiving touchdown too.
  • Mayfield’s biggest mistakes were another grounding call and taking a sack on his first two drives of the third quarter. That put Cleveland’s offense back and gave Washington a short field, which the scored a touchdown on each of them.
  • How can you complain about the defense when they logged five turnovers? It’s because we saw the liabilities in coverage on crossing routes, and how bad Washington looked — we feel like they shouldn’t have gotten anything.
  • There are still things for Cleveland to clean up for when they face a better team, especially on defense. But it’s encouraging to see the Browns have what seems like a pedestrian day on offense, and yet they have 34 points on the board.

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