CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Derrick Henry and Nick Chubb got most of the talk heading into this game, but it was Baker Mayfield that stole the show.
Mayfield completed 25 of 33 passes for 334 yards and four touchdowns. He was accurate and made good decisions all day. First, since Otto Graham to throw four touchdowns in a half.
Tennessee added some cosmetic touchdowns late in the game to make the score look better, but it was not as close as the score indicated.
The Browns took control of this game in the second quarter, outscoring Tennessee 28-7 in the quarter. It started with a flurry of touchdowns, with the teams trading scores. The most surprising touchdown catch of the year came on the first play of the second quarter. Off play action, Mayfield hit offensive lineman Kendall Lamm for a one-yard touchdown. Lamm was in as an extra blocker and was reported as an eligible receiver, that put the Browns up 17-7.
Tennessee came roaring back. Ryan Tannehill connected with A.J. Brown for a 40-yard play and moments later hit Corey Davis in the end zone from 17 yards out to cut the lead to 17-7. They covered 74 yards in only 1:42.
The Browns came right back and scored even faster. After the Davis touchdown, Mayfield hit Donovan Peoples-Jones for a bomb, a 75-yard touchdown on the first play of the drive. Just like that, the Browns lead 24-7 and they never looked back. Mayfield would hit Rashard Higgins for a 17-yard touchdown pass on their next drive to make it 31-7. On their last drive of the quarter, Nick Chubb reached the end zone from a yard out to put an exclamation point on the first half, it was 38-7 after he scored.
The Titans scored two touchdowns in the final 90 seconds to add a little bit of drama late. Down 41-21, Jeremy McNichols crashed in from the one-yard line to cut the lead to 41-28. On the Browns ensuing drive, Mayfield fumbled on a fourth and one lunge for the sticks. Kenny Vaccaro recovered it and dashed down the field. Moments later Tannehill hit Cameron Batson for a short touchdown with 20 seconds left to make it 41-35.
The Browns recovered the onside kick to remove all doubt.
Landry’s second touchdown in as many weeks gave Cleveland a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. It was a 59-yard drive that saw the Browns convert a first down by having Landry throw a pass to Mayfield, who snuck out of the backfield as a receiver. The drive started on the Browns 41-yard line after they stuffed Henry on a 4th and one.
The Browns drew first blood when on their opening drive they marched 62 yards on eight plays, getting a Parkey 27 yard field goal. Donovan Peoples-Jones dropped what appeared to be a certain touchdown when a ball clanged off his hands inside the five-yard line. He had a clear path to the end zone.