Mayfield and the Browns Squeaked by the Bengals in a Tantalizing 35-30 Victory

Riding a 434 yards total offensive output, the Cleveland Browns squeaked by the Cincinnati Bengals in a tantalizing victory of 35-30, Friday, Sep. 18, 2020 in FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. Contributing to this victory, Baker Mayfield threw the football for 219 yards, and two touchdowns. The Browns also had a rushing game that produced 215 yards and three rushing touchdowns.

Mayfield finished the game completing 16 of 23 passes, to lead the way for the Browns. He ended up with an overall QB rating of 110.60, coming from a performance that included 219 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception for the game.

The Browns deployed a rushing game led by Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. For the game, Chubb carried the ball 22 times and rushed for 124 yards, leading to two touchdowns. Hunt supplemented by carrying the ball 10 times for a total of 86 yards. In the passing game, the Browns’ top receivers were Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry. Beckham caught four passes for a total of 74 yards, while Landry contributed with 46 yards from three passes.

The Browns’ defense contributed to the win with three sacks, one forced fumble, two tackles for loss, and scored no defensive touchdowns.

For the Bengals, Joe Burrow ended the day having completed 37 of 61 passes, leading to 316 yards, zero interceptions and three touchdowns. His performance resulted in a QB rating of 90.60.

The Bengals’ rushing game was led by Giovani Bernard and Joe Mixon. For the game, Bernard carried the ball one time, rushed for three yards, and zero touchdowns. Mixon supplemented and carried the ball a total of 16 times for a total of 46 yards. Meanwhile Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins were the top 2 aerial passing targets for the Bengals. Boyd caught seven passes from Burrow for a total of 72 yards, while Higgins contributed with 35 yards from three passes.

In a losing effort, the Bengals defense contributed with zero sacks , zero forced fumbles, four tackles for loss, and zero defensive touchdowns for the game.

With the win, the Browns leave with a record of 1-0 for the season, while the Bengals record for the season is now 0-1.