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May­field out­du­els Bur­row as Browns hold off Ben­gals

- Sports · College Sports · American Football · Mayfield, OH · Baker Mayfield · Kevin Stefanski · NFL · Baltimore · Odell Beckham Jr.

Baker May­field threw two touch­down passes, Nick Chubb ran for two scores and 124 yards and the Browns gave coach Kevin Ste­fan­ski his first NFL vic­tory Thurs­day night by beat­ing the Ben­gals 35-30 in Cleve­land on the NFL’s 100th birth­day.

May­field con­nected with Odell Beck­ham Jr. on a 43-yard scor­ing pass in the first half, and the Browns (1-1) re­bounded from an atro­cious per­for­mance last week in Bal­ti­more.

Things went much more smoothly against the Ben­gals (0-2) and No. 1 over­all pick Joe Bur­row, who threw three TD passes and showed in­cred­i­ble poise in just his sec­ond game.

Bur­row’s third TD pass — a 9-yarder to Tyler Boyd with 43 sec­onds left — pulled the Ben­gals within five, but the Browns re­cov­ered the en­su­ing on­side kick and ran out the clock.

May­field made it a pri­or­ity to get the ball early to Beck­ham, who had only three catches for 22 yards in the opener. Beck­ham fin­ished with four catches for 74 yards.

May­field com­pleted 16 of 23 passes for 219 yards and one in­ter­cep­tion.

Ka­reem Hunt had a TD catch, ran for a score and rushed for 86 yards for Cleve­land.

Bur­row fin­ished 37-for-61 for 316 yards. He was sacked three times, and had an un­for­tu­nate mo­ment when he tried to call time­out and had the ball snapped past him.

Ben­gals tight end C.J. Uzomah was carted off the field with a right Achilles in­jury af­ter catch­ing a pass from Bur­row with a lit­tle more than eight min­utes left in the game.

There were 6,000 fans in­side 68,000-seat FirstEn­ergy Sta­dium.

 ?? GETTY IM­AGES ?? Browns run­ning back Nick Chubb rushed for 124 yards and two touch­downs Thurs­day against the Ben­gals. The Browns had 6,000 fans in­side their 68,000-seat FirstEn­ergy Sta­dium.
GETTY IM­AGES Browns run­ning back Nick Chubb rushed for 124 yards and two touch­downs Thurs­day against the Ben­gals. The Browns had 6,000 fans in­side their 68,000-seat FirstEn­ergy Sta­dium.

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