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BROWNS OVER­RUN COW­BOYS DE­FENCE

Beck­ham leads the way with three touch­downs as Cleve­land goes to 3-1

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Odell Beck­ham, Jr. caught two touch­down passes and ran for a third that helped stave off a fu­ri­ous Dal­las Cow­boys come­back in the fourth quar­ter Sun­day as the Cleve­land Browns held on for a 49-38 win at AT&T Sta­dium in Ar­ling­ton, Texas.

In up­ping its record to 3-1 with its third straight vic­tory, Cleve­land ran roughshod over Dal­las' leaky de­fence, pil­ing up 307 rush­ing yards de­spite los­ing lead­ing rusher Nick Chubb (knee) in the first half.

Beck­ham ac­counted for 50 of those yards on the play that kept the Browns from blow­ing a 41-14 fourth quar­ter lead. With 3:25 re­main­ing, Beck­ham went right on a re­verse, skirted a tackle at­tempt and used some nice down­field block­ing to race into the end zone af­ter Dal­las had closed to within 41-38.

Dak Prescott fin­ished with a mon­strous stat line, thanks to the late rally. The Cow­boys quar­ter­back com­pleted 41 of 58 passes for 502 yards and four touch­downs. His only mis­take was an in­ter­cep­tion by Den­zel Ward at the Cleve­land four-yard­line with 1:36 left in the game that sealed the out­come.

Dal­las (1-3) led 14-7 af­ter a quar­ter be­fore the Browns com­pletely owned the mid­dle two quar­ters. Run­ning at will against a team that has al­lowed a whop­ping 126 points in the last three games, Cleve­land rat­tled off 34 straight points.

Ka­reem Hunt col­lected a pair of touch­downs in that span on runs of two and 14 yards, while quar­ter­back Baker May­field added four- and one-yard scor­ing strikes to Beck­ham and Austin Hooper, re­spec­tively.

Given a dom­i­nant run­ning game, May­field didn't have to be spec­tac­u­lar, just ef­fi­cient. He ful­filled that role, hit­ting on 19 of 30 at­tempts for 165 yards with the short touch­down passes and no in­ter­cep­tions.

The Browns' most spec­tac­u­lar pass­ing play came from a re­ceiver. Jarvis Landry ini­ti­ated scor­ing on a 37-yard strike off a re­verse to Beck­ham, zing­ing a per­fect pass over tight cov­er­age less than three minutes into the game.

BRADY TOSSES FIVE TDS TO LIFT BUCS PAST CHARG­ERS

Tom Brady passed for 369 yards and five touch­downs to lead the Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers to a 38-31 win against the vis­it­ing Los An­ge­les Charg­ers.

Five re­ceivers caught touch­downs for the Buc­ca­neers (3-1), led by Mike Evans with seven catches for 122 yards.

Ron­ald Jones Jr. rushed for 111 yards on 20 car­ries to lead the

Tampa Bay rush­ing at­tack, which lost two backup run­ning backs to in­jury dur­ing the game.

Justin Her­bert com­pleted 20 of 25 passes for 290 yards and three touch­downs for the Charg­ers (1-3). He was in­ter­cepted once.

Brady hit rookie run­ning back Ke'Shawn Vaughn for a nine­yard touch­down to give Tampa Bay a 35-31 lead with 11:05 left.

Ryan Suc­cop added a 26-yard field goal with 2:44 re­main­ing be­fore Carl­ton Davis sealed the win with an in­ter­cep­tion.

Brady led the Buc­ca­neers back from a 17-point deficit af­ter they gave up 24 unan­swered points in the first half.

Tampa Bay scored on its first drive of the sec­ond half on a 28-yard touch­down re­cep­tion by O.J. Howard to cut the lead to 24-21.

Fol­low­ing a missed field goal by Los An­ge­les, Brady hit Scott Miller for a 19-yard touch­down to give the Buc­ca­neers a 28-24 lead.

Her­bert an­swered back with a 72-yard touch­down pass to Jalen Guy­ton and the Charg­ers moved back in front 31-28 with 12 sec­onds left in the third quar­ter.

The Charg­ers scored 24 unan­swered points to take a 24-7 lead, but a costly turnover just be­fore half­time al­lowed Tampa Bay to cut the deficit to 10 at the break on a six-yard touch­down catch by Evans, who has a touch­down in five straight games, a fran­chise record.

Her­bert threw first-half touch­down passes to rook­ies Ty­ron John­son and Don­ald Parham Jr.

Ac­cord­ing to Elias, Parham and John­son are the third team­mates to score a touch­down on their first NFL re­cep­tions in the past 40 years.

The Charg­ers lost lead­ing rusher Austin Ekeler to a ham­string in­jury late in the first quar­ter.

Mean­while, Buc­ca­neers tight end O.J. Howard is be­lieved to have suf­fered a sea­son-end­ing torn Achilles ten­don, head coach Bruce Ari­ans an­nounced af­ter the game.

Howard had three re­cep­tions for 50 yards and a touch­down be­fore he left the game in the sec­ond half. The 25-year-old Howard is in his fourth sea­son with Tampa Bay, which se­lected him in the first round (No. 19 over­all) out of Alabama in 2017. He has 105 re­cep­tions for 1,602 yards and 14 touch­downs with the Bucs.

The ab­sence of Howard could in­crease the im­por­tance of Rob Gronkowski in the Tampa Bay pass­ing game. Gronkowski had one catch for 29 yards on Sun­day, giv­ing him nine re­cep­tions for 88 yards on the sea­son.

 ?? TIM HEIT­MAN/ USA TO­DAY SPORTS ?? Cleve­land run­ning back Ka­reem Hunt dives for a touch­down against Dal­las line­backer Joe Thomas in the sec­ond quar­ter of Sun­day's NFL game at AT&T Sta­dium. The Browns jumped out to a big lead and then hung on for a 49-38 vic­tory.
TIM HEIT­MAN/ USA TO­DAY SPORTS Cleve­land run­ning back Ka­reem Hunt dives for a touch­down against Dal­las line­backer Joe Thomas in the sec­ond quar­ter of Sun­day's NFL game at AT&T Sta­dium. The Browns jumped out to a big lead and then hung on for a 49-38 vic­tory.

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