Sunday Night Football: Baker Mayfield’s big night is Brons’ 20-6 win

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Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield got off to a hot start and stayed that way overnight, giving the Browns a 20–3 win over the Giants Sunday night football.

Mayfield passed for two touchdowns in the first half and fielded Cleveland’s offense to control the ball and the clock. He is passing 32 of 27 for 297 yards with two touchdowns.

The Browns finished the game with 392 total yards, averaging 6.2 yards per game and recording 24 first downs. He won the time of the battle of possession from 34:03 to 25:57 in the third part in a big 9–13. Cleveland had a pair of 95-yard touchdown drives – one in the second quarter and another that ended in the fourth. According to NBC Broadcasting, this is the first time a team has netted two 95-yard TD drives in a single game this season.

Rashard Higgins was Cleveland’s leading receiver with 76 yards on four catches. Jarvis Landry grabbed seven catches for 61 yards.

It was tough sledding for Nick Chubb, but he had 50 yards rushing for 15 yards and a touchdown of one yard.

Starting backup quarterback Colt McCoy for the injured Daniel Jones, the Giants began the game with a failed fake field goal and did not score a touchdown in 60 minutes. Head coach Joe Judge was aggressive from Cleveland’s six-yard line to move to fourth-and-2, but running back Wayne Gallman filled in for a one-yard lead.

New York receives only three points out of three red-zone possessions.

McCoy finished 164-of-28 for 194 yards. Alfred Morris was New York’s leading rusher, gaining 39 yards on seven carries.

Brown improved to 10-4 with the win, maintaining his spot as the current No. 5 seed in the AFC playoff race. This is only the second time Brown has won 10 since rejoining the league in 1999.

New York got a chance to tie Washington at the top of the division after the football team lost at Seahawk on Sunday. But at 5-9 pm, Giants are still alive in the NFC East.

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