The Browns won the previous two meetings along the shores of Lake Erie. The Chargers were the only team to lose to the Browns in 2016, the last time the two teams squared off in Cleveland.
Melvin Gordon and the Chargers offense took control of the game on its opening series. Gordon scored the first of his career high three touchdown performance on a 4-yard run.
Quarterback Philip Rivers and wide receiver Tyrell Williams would connect on a pair of long touchdown passes in the second quarter. Williams finished with three receptions for a game high 118 yards in addition to two touchdown receptions of 45 and 29 yards. Rivers only completed eleven of 20 passes for 207 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
As for Baker Mayfield, it was a welcome to the NFL day for the number one pick. Mayfield had to throw the football 46 times. He completed 22 of them for 238 yards. Mayfield threw a late touchdown pass to David Njoku in addition to a pair of interceptions.
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Mayfield got sacked five times. He suffered an ankle injury on a run in the first quarter. Mayfield slipped on the first down marker on the sideline when he was trying to get out of bounds. He limped through the game but it clearly impacted him the rest of the afternoon.
The Browns defense did a complete 180 following their week five performance against the Baltimore Ravens. The Chargers gashed the Browns for 246 yards on the ground. Gordon rushed for 132 yards on just 18 carries with three touchdowns. Cleveland also lost one of the defensive leaders in middle linebacker Joe Schobert due to a hamstring injury.
Cleveland falls to 2-3-1. Los Angeles improves to 4-2. The Browns loss drops them into last place in the AFC North. The Chargers remain in second place in the AFC West.