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Nick Chubb rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns, Baker Mayfield threw for 218 yards with a 132.6 passer rating and the Cleveland Browns defense recorded five sacks and three turnovers to dominate the Cincinnati Bengals 41-16
Last Updated: 11/07/21 9:28 pm
Nick Chubb recalled that he remains the focal point of the Cleveland Browns offense when he rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns along with the dominating performances of quarterback Baker Mayfield and his defense in a 41-16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
In a week in which much of the attention had focused on Odell Beckham Jr’s not-so-friendly outing in Cleveland, Kevin Stefanski’s team put on a full performance to underscore their power without the three-time professional wide receiver.
Mayfield lived up to the pre-written narrative while avoiding criticism that suggested he had misused Beckham by posting one of his most composed displays of the season, finishing 14 of 21 for 218 yards and two touchdowns having posted a perfect passer. 158.3 rating at halftime.
The Browns defense, meanwhile, had five sacks, including 1.5 by Myles Garrett to bring his season count to 12, along with a forced fumble and recovery and two interceptions.
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The Browns ruled a frenzied first half in which Denzel Ward’s 100-yard pick six, Chubb’s first of two touchdowns, and Mayfield’s 60-yard bomb on Donovan Peoples-Jones helped build a 24-10 lead. .
Chubb ran away for a 70-yard touchdown to give Cleveland more daylight early in the third quarter, before David Njoku’s 18-yard catch completed the victory in the fourth after the second of Joe Mixon’s two touchdowns. on day.
Such was the gulf in efficiency that the Browns recorded just 46 plays in total compared to the Bengals’ 70 when Joe Burrow was invaded by a riotous Cleveland defense.
The second-year quarterback was taken out of the game with it all over in the fourth quarter, having thrown 28-of-40 for 282 yards and two interceptions.
- Passing: Baker Mayfield, 14/21, 218 yards, 2 TD
- Rushing: Nick Chubb, 14 carries, 137 yards, 2 TDs
- Receiving: Donovan Peoples-Jones, two catches, 86 yards, 1 TD
- Passing: Joe Burrow, 28/40, 282 yards, 2 interceptions
- Rushing: Joe Mixon 13 carries, 64 yards, 2 TDs
- Reception: Tee Higgins, six catches, 78 yards
|Brown 7-0 Bengals||Denzel Ward’s 99-yard interception return (extra point)|
|Brown 7-7 Bengals||Joe Mixon 11-yard rushing TD (extra point)|
|14 Brown-7 Bengals||Nick Chubb 1-yard rushing TD (extra point)|
|Brown 21-7 Bengals||60-yard TD pass from Baker Mayfield to Donovan Peoples-Jones (extra point)|
|Brown 24-7 Bengals||28-yard field goal by Chase McLaughlin|
|Brown 24-10 Bengals||27-yard field goal by Evan McPherson|
|Brown 31-10 Bengals||Nick Chubb 70-yard rushing TD (extra point)|
|Brown 34-10 Bengals||Chase McLaughlin’s 24-yard field goal|
|Brown 34-16 Bengals||Joe Mixon TD two-yard rushing (two-point attempt misses)|
|Brown 41-16 Bengals||18-yard TD pass from Baker Mayfield to David Njoku (extra point)|
Ward ignited the game in style by undercutting Ja’Marr Chase’s whip-in and out route to get to the interception at the third and goal before rushing to a 100-yard pick six to thwart Cincinnati’s 11 play, 75- inauguration march of the yard.
Mixon capped an immediate response from the Bengals with an 11-yard touchdown run at the end of a nine-play, 75-yard drive, only for the Browns to regain their lead when Chubb pushed through the one-yard run. scoring on the ground having driven in Cleveland’s own nine-play, 75-yard drive with runs of 11 and 22 yards plus a 23-yard reception.
The pressure on Burrow forced an incomplete on fourth-three to trigger a fumble on the downs, which Mayfield would convert into a 60-yard touchdown pass to Peoples-Jones on a corner post route on the first play of the subsequent drive.
Safety John Johnson III continued an outstanding job from the Browns high school to force a chase fumble, AJ Green picked up the ball for another loss before a failed attempt at third and one left the visitors to settle for a 28-yard field goal. by Chase McLaughlin.
Evan McPherson’s 27-yard field goal had cut the lead to 24-10 at halftime, until Chubb smashed through the Bengals behind a Wyatt Teller block for a 70-yard touchdown to make the score 31-10. in the third series of the third trimester.
The Browns began to push even more freely knowing that the Bengals’ only route to gain ground from their opponents would be through the air, Johnson became the beneficiary when he pounced on Ward’s deflection while covering Chase to claim an interception. who came back at eight. – yard to set up McLaughlin’s 24-yard field goal.
Mixon kept the fight alive for the Bengals with a two-yard rushing score early in the fourth quarter, but failed to convert the two-point attempt to make the score 34-16 with just under 14 minutes to go.
If he wasn’t finished yet, Mayfield confirmed it when he fired a laser through traffic to hit tight end David Njoku for an 18-yard touchdown with 4.27 to play.
The Browns (5-4) travel to face the New England Patriots (5-4) in Week 10, while the Bengals (5-4) head for a bye week before visiting the Las Vegas Raiders. (5-3) in Week 11..
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