Through the first two and two-thirds quarters, Baker Mayfield missed a pass to David Njoku (I think), which could’ve been a miscommunicated situation, and threw an interception that Anthony Schwartz caused by stopping short of his route. That was it. For a quarterback who was dogged for his accuracy by some, he had completed 88% of his passes through the game up until that point and had completed 80% of passes for the season. He also rushed for his first and threw for his first touchdowns of the season.
Dedication to the run
The Browns started very slow, with a lot of short gains and even a tackle for a loss or two. Usually, this would’ve caused the coaching staff to give up on that facet of the game plan but they didn’t. The Browns continued to march on and eventually those short gained turn into back-breaking first-down dashes.
The tight ends stepped up today. With Anthony Schwartz being unreliable with his route-running, Donovan Peoples-Jones being taken out of the passing game, and Jarvis Landry leaving due to an injury, it was up to the tight ends to make plays and make plays they did. David Njoku, Harrison Bryant, and Austin Hooper had 11 combined receptions between them with Hooper leading the way with five of them. Bryant was arguably the most impressive, having two big catches and showing off his athleticism all game long.