The Cleveland Browns did not touch the football on the offensive side of the ball until 4:10 remaining in the first quarter. Cleveland’s offense and Baker Mayfield were in sync all game long in the post-Odell Beckham Jr. era. The Cleveland Browns absolutely demolished the Cincinnati Bengals on the road by a final score of 41-16.
It was the battle of Ohio. This was a big game for potential AFC North Standings shifting. The Cleveland Browns were in last place in the AFC North entering this football game and they are not for the moment. The Cincinnati Bengals were just in first place two weeks ago after beating the Baltimore Ravens (6-2) and now Cincinnati is in last place after being on a two-game losing streak.
The Bengals season may go south now and they had a bad loss against the New York Jets (2-6) a week ago. As for the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3), they are currently in second place in the AFC North.
Cleveland had everything going right for them all day long offensively. The tone of this game started when Denzel Ward had a 99-yard pick-six against Joe Burrow.
This team looks rejuvenated on both sides of the football. It appeared as if Odell Beckahm Jr. was a cancerous virus inside Cleveland’s locker room and they finally got rid of it.
Baker Mayfield completed 14-of-21 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns. Mayfield threw a 60-yard touchdown strike to Donovan Peoples-Jones in the second quarter for the Cleveland Browns. Peoples-Jones was Cleveland’s leading receiver with two receptions for 86 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Mayfield’s other touchdown pass in the football game was to David Njoku from 18 yards out in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of reach. This was the best that Baker Mayfield has looked all season long. It was no accident that Baker Mayfield looks so much better without Odell Beckham Jr. Mayfield deserves a ton of respect for balling out and shutting up his critics and he is going to get in a groove now.
Nick Chubb had a big day for the Cleveland Browns rushing attack. He rushed for 137 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. Chubb busted out a 70-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He also scored on a 1-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter.
This is the kind of performance that head coach Kevin Stefanski has been waiting for all season long.
The Cleveland Browns (5-4) next game will be on the road next Sunday against the New England Patriots (5-4).
The Cincinnati Bengals (5-4) will be on a bye week next week. They will then be on the road against the Las Vegas Raiders (5-3) on Sunday, November 21st.
-Glenn Kaplan, 12oz Sports Contributor, Live Monday’s at 3 p.m. ET & Thursday at 11 a.m. ET on 12oz Sports
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