Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Mayfield leads Browns to 1st win since December 2016

Mayfield leads Browns to 1st win since December 2016

It took almost two years, but the Browns, led by rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, got their first victory in 635 days Thursday night.

Mayfield, in his National Football League debut, finished 17 of 23 for 201 yards in a little over one half of work for the Browns (1-1-1), who tallied their first victory since December 24, 2016.

The Texans are now the sad owners of the NFL's longest losing streak, eight games dating back to last season.

The promotion put special fridges in places across the city that were automatically unlocked by smart technology as soon as the game ended.

"The Browns have shown a lot of heart over the first two games of the season, so it was only a matter of time until they would pull off an epic comeback win like this", Goeler said.

I can understand why Crowell might hate the Browns, but rubbing it in like that at the fans is just unacceptable.

Mayfield finished 17 of 23 for 201 yards in a little more than a half after coming in after Taylor suffered a concussion. The rookie came in for the injured Tyrod Taylor to lead the Browns back from a 14-0 deficit.

Bud Light in August announced the "Victory Fridge", a fridge stocked with beer that would be handed out at the stadium and bars around Cleveland when (if) the Browns finally won a game. "Again, I have to watch the tape and we'll go from there". Taylor, who's been very average through three games, went 4-for-14 with 19 yards.

Some fans had taken to wearing paper bags over their heads in embarrassment of their team's unwanted record - that included becoming the second team in National Football League history to go 0-16 in a season - but all that changed on a night which saw an upturn in form for the Browns.

Taylor's injury, however, later turned into a blessing in disguise for the Browns.

Cleveland trailed the Jets, 14-0, when Mayfield entered the game.

The win gives Cleveland a modest 1-1-1 record after three games, which represents Cleveland's best start since 2011. The Dolphins defense forced Sam Darnold into two interceptions and they didn't let the Jets do much at all on the ground.

Taylor is now considered as day-to-day with a concussion and his availability for next week's road game against the Oakland Raiders is currently cloudy.

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