CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The 2-6 Cleveland Browns had home field advantage as they took on the 6-2 Buffalo Bills.
Aside from facing a team whose season record is the exact opposite of theirs, the Browns also came off of a four game losing streak coming into today’s game.
That streak finally came to an end.
The Browns got the W with a final score of 19-16.
To catch you up on this week’s events leading up to today’s sweet victory, it wasn’t pretty.
Now former Cleveland Browns safety Jermaine Whitehead was released from the team 12 hours after going off on a social media tirade after the game that included sending racist and racist messages after the game.
Whitehead wasn’t the only one visibly upset by how the game went down.
The last loss to was devastating enough to make starting quarterback Baker Mayfield decide to shave his (formally) lucky handlebar into a run-of-the-mill mustache before taking the podium after the game.
“Home Alone” star Macaulay Culkin even took jabs at Mayfield’s disheveled post-game look.
However, one silver lining to this week was a potentially key player to this offense making his Browns debut in game-day uniform: RB Kareem Hunt.
The Willoughby native was eligible to return from an eight-game suspension that was enforced as a result of his involvement in several physical altercations last year.
The NFL handed out the suspension after a video surfaced showing Hunt in a February 2018 altercation with a female in a Metropolitan at the 9 hallway in downtown Cleveland.
Hunt wasn’t the only new face on the team making his debut at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday.
The Browns got a new mascot, Swagger Jr., son of Swagger the First.
As for this Sunday’s game...
The Browns were first to get on the board with a touchdown, but rookie K Austin Seibert missed the first extra point attempt for the first time this season. However, he did have to attempt it from farther out due to penalty.
But the superstar of the first quarter was undeniably Nick Chubb.
The Browns defense was able to keep the Bills tamed and scoreless going into the second quarter.
Seibert redeemed himself with a 27 yard field goal in the second quarter...
...but that was all the Browns were able to do points wise.
However, Chubb had a breakout first half by racking up 84 yards in the first 24 minutes.
Hunt also made his field debut.
Buffalo scored a touchdown to make it a close 9-7 game going into the second half.
Browns fans even got some halftime entertainment courtesy of The Ohio State University Marching Band.
The third quarter was relatively quiet for the Browns, but they still were able to tack on 3 more points after halftime.
Just like the second quarter, that was about it for the Browns.
At least defense was able to keep Buffalo at back to make the game 12-9 going into the final quarter.
You could say Nick Chubb gave the Bills defense a run for their money in the fourth quarter.
An explosive play totaled his yards up to 116 before the game was even over.
The Bills gave Browns fans a bit of a scare when they took the lead with a touchdown with over 5 minutes left to the game.
But the Dawg Pound only had to hold their breath for a few minutes before the Browns responded with a touchdown of their own by WR Rashad Higgins, making the score 19-16.
For the first time in awhile, Head Coach Freddie Kitchens looked relieved. He even hugged Baker Mayfield as he walked off the field:
That look of relief may stay on their faces for a bit longer.
That drive gave the Browns their first victory in weeks with a final score of 19-16.
This was the Browns’ first win on their home turf for the season.
When asked how that made Freddie Kitchens feel, he said, "It is definitely always good to win at home. We should win our home games. I do not even know what the record at home is… We are 1-3 now so we just want to stay in the moment each week. That is it, whether it is home or away, but of course, it is good for our fans to win at home. We have great fans.”