Baker's Browns Beat Jets, 21-17
635 days. That's how long it had been since the Cleveland Browns won a football game. After putting themselves in a 14-0 hole to the Jets before halftime, quarterback Tyrod Taylor suffered a concussion and was knocked out of the game. He was just 4-for-14 with 19 yards.
The Baker Browns Are Born
Enter Baker Mayfield -- the No. 1 overall pick and 2017 Heisman Trophy winner -- to a hero's welcome. On his first snap, he took a three step drop, planted his back foot and delivered a bullet to Jarvis Landry. And Cleveland lost its mind.
Mayfield went 3-for-4 for 47 yards on his first drive and marched Cleveland to a field goal before halftime. The Browns trailed 14-3 heading into the locker room, but you wouldn't have known from Baker's standing ovation.
In the second half, Mayfield led the Browns to points on three of his next four drives, including a field goal (14-6), touchdown and two-point conversion (14-14), and another touchdown after a Jets field goal (21-17). With every complete pass, Cleveland got a little bit louder. When it was all said and done, Mayfield was 17-for-23 with 201 yards. Three of those six incompletions were dropped passes, and every throw was a missile.
Defense Denies Darnold
After all the Sam Darnold talk in the first two weeks of the season (the other rookie quarterback in this game), Cleveland's defense shut him down. Darnold was just 15-for-31 with 169 yards and two interceptions in the 4th quarter. New York's last eight possessions ended in four punts, three turnovers and one field goal.
Browns running back Carlos Hyde also ran for 98 yards and both of Cleveland's touchdowns. New Cleveland kicker Greg Joseph was perfect on the night.
The Browns outscored the Jets 18-3 after Mayfield checked in. After 30 quarterbacks in the last 17 seasons, looks like Cleveland finally found the guy.