CLEVELAND — Thursday evening soccer become a Baker’s Particular for the Cleveland Browns.
Rookie Baker Mayfield entered for his debut late within the second quarter and introduced the Browns again from a 14-Zero deficit to prevail 21-17, snapping a 19-game winless streak relationship again to Dec. 24, 2016 — a span of 635 days.
When Joe Schobert intercepted a Sam Darnold cross with 1:21 left to roughly seal the win, Browns followers stood and cheered like that they had received the Tremendous Bowl. When Terrance Mitchell intercepted Sam Darnold with 11 seconds left to fully seal it, he ran 65 yards to leap into the Dawg Pound on the East finish of FirstEnergy Stadium.
The highest decide on this yr’s draft, Mayfield entered the sport late within the first half after Tyrod Taylor left the sport with a concussion. He went 17 for 23 for 201 yards passing and remarkably caught the two-point conversion that tied the sport at 14 with 42 seconds left within the third quarter.
It was candy reduction and the top to a protracted and drawn-out nightmare. Solely 10 gamers on the Browns roster had been on the group’s roster the final time they received a recreation.
Mayfield supplied the spark. He adopted his game-tying two-point conversion by guiding a game-winning, 15-play, 75-yard landing drive that ended with 2:04 left on Carlos Hyde’s second landing run. On the drive, Mayfield accomplished 6 of eight passes for 60 yards, with each incompletions drops by Browns receivers.
Mayfield didn’t appear to be a rookie who had by no means performed. His passes had been crisp and correct, he removed the ball shortly and did not appear to be confused about the place to go along with the ball.
He was decisive, and he pissed off a Jets cross rush that had pissed off Taylor by eliminating the ball in a rush.
The Browns job now belongs to Mayfield, far prior to the Browns envisioned or anticipated. And he’ll get a couple of additional days earlier than what certainly might be his first begin when the Browns play in Oakland on Sept. 30.
Taylor suffered by means of a troublesome recreation. He accomplished simply Four-for-14 passing for 19 yards and was sacked thrice because the Jets steadily introduced free rushers. He left the sport after being sacked by linebacker Avery Williamson with 2:55 left, and was dominated out with the concussion at halftime.
Mayfield guided the Browns to a discipline purpose on his first drive, added a 3rd quarter discipline purpose after fellow first-round decide Denzel Ward pressured and recovered a fumble, then guided the Browns on a seven-play, 69-yard landing drive to make the rating 14-12.
The conversion got here after offsetting penalties gave the Browns a second attempt after a miss. Mayfield lined up within the slot left. Operating again Duke Johnson took a direct snap, ran proper and pitched to Jarvis Landry, who threw to an open Mayfield within the left aspect of the top zone to tie the sport at 14.
The play was just like Philly Particular, a cross to quarterback Nick Foles that the Eagles used to win the Tremendous Bowl.
Mayfield turned the primary of the final six first general picks to return off the bench and lead the group to a rating on his first possession, in accordance with ESPN Stats and Data. JaMarcus Russell, Alex Smith, Eli Manning, Michael Vick and Tim Sofa all failed to attain.
Cleveland chosen Mayfield with the No. 1 decide in April’s draft after he received the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma. In his senior season, Mayfield threw for Four,627 yards with 43 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in 14 video games because the Sooners went 12-2 and received the Massive 12.