Cleveland Grinds Out 1st Win,
Roll Outmatched Jets In New York
Cleveland took care of business on Monday Night Football in New York, handling a banged-up Jets squad 23-3 to get their first victory of the season, and first for new head coach Freddie Kitchens.
In his return to MetLife Stadium, Odell Beckham Jr. put on a show by making an incredible 1-handed snag and a career-long 89-yard TD catch run as he racked up 6 catches for 161 yds and a score. It marked the 25th 100-yard receiving game of his career and extended OBJ's streak of recording at least 3 receptions to 59 consecutive games, the third-longest streak in NFL history.
Baker Mayfield threw for 325 yds, TD & Int, recording his fourth career 300-yard passing game. Mayfield has thrown at least one touchdown pass in each of his 15 career starts, trailing only St. Louis’ Kurt Warner (23 from 1999-00) for the most consecutive starts with a touchdown pass to begin an NFL career. Baker's streak of at least one touchdown pass in 15 consecutive games is also the fourth-longest in Browns history.
Myles Garrett set a new career-high with 3 sacks to become the NFL sack leader with 5 through the first two weeks. It marked his seventh career multi-sack game as he has torched New York in three career meetings, recording seven sacks.
In the kicking game, Austin Siebert tied Cleveland's rookie record by making 3-3 field goal attempts (23, 43, 48).
Joe Schobert led all tacklers in the game with 13 and forced a fumble as the stingy Browns defense took advantage of the Jets shaky QB situation. New York lost quarterback Trevor Siemian to an ankle injury in the second quarter who was starting in place of starter Sam Darnold who is sidelined for at least a few weeks while recovering from mononucleosis. Luke Falk, who was promoted from the practice squad earlier in the day would handle duties under center, throwing for 198 yds on 25 attempts.
Cleveland (1-1) will return home for a tough Week 3 matchup against the Rams (2-0) on Sunday Night Football at First Energy Stadium. It will be the first time in over a decade the Browns will host a game on Sunday night.