Chubb, Mayfield Lead Cleveland Browns over Atlanta Falcons 28-16


The Cleveland Browns Nick Chubb and Baker Mayfield will likely battle one another for rookie of the week honors again. Chubb rushed for a career best 176-yards. Mayfield recorded his first three passing touchdown game of his career. The Browns shock the Atlanta Falcons 28-16 at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The win ends Cleveland’s four game losing streak. It gives Gregg Williams his first win as an NFL head coach since December, 2003. Cleveland ends the Falcons three game winning streak and drops the Falcons below .500 at 4-5. The Browns improve to 3-6-1 as they enter their bye week.

Chubb put the game away in the third quarter with a 92-yard touchdown run. Chubb’s run is the longest touchdown run in Browns franchise history. It is also the second longest touchdown run in NFL history by a rookie. Chubb’s 176-yards came on just 20 carries for an average of 8.8 yards per carry.

Mayfield only had to throw the football 20 times on the afternoon. He completed 17 of 20 passes for 216-yards and three touchdowns. His quarterback rating is nearly perfect at 151.3. Mayfield also completed his first 13 passes. The first incomplete pass didn’t take place until the third quarter.

Mayfield’s first touchdown pass went for 28-yards to Rashard Higgins in the first quarter. Cleveland led 7-0.

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The second touchdown pass went to Duke Johnson for 12-yards in the second quarter. Cleveland retook the lead 14-10.

Mayfield’s third and final touchdown pass went to Chubb for 11-yards in the third quarter. It gave the Browns a commanding 21-10 lead. He connected with nine different receivers in the game

The Browns defense also returned to the form it showed the first three weeks of the season. The return of linebacker Joe Schobert and cornerback Denzel Ward were keys to the victory.

Schobert finished with seven tackles, four solo. He also made two huge plays in the fourth quarter with the Falcons at the 1-yard line. The defense would stop Atlanta on that drive on fourth and goal.

Ward only had two tackles, but he did a terrific job covering both Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley all game long. Ward almost added his fourth interception of the season in the first half but just could not hold onto the Matt Ryan pass.

Ryan went 38 of 52 for 330-yards and two touchdowns. Jones led all receivers with a game high 107-yards in addition to a touchdown. Tight end Austin Hooper had a game high ten receptions for 56-yards in addition to a touchdown.

Cleveland’s next game is in week 12 at the Cincinnati Bengals on November 25.

Scott Piker is the Cleveland BrownsCleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians Managing Editor for Full Press So follow him on twitter @ScottPikerSport

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