Big days from rookies Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb

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Big days from rookies Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb

Messagepar liny195 » 04 Juin 2019 10:13

paved the way for a Browns win by a final score of 28-16. That sends Cleveland into the bye week with a 3-6-1 record Joe Thomas Jersey , and gives interim head coach Gregg Williams his first win. Remember how long it took Hue Jackson to get his first win?The Browns scored their first opening quarter touchdown of the season in Week 10, coming on their second drive of the game. The drive went 8 plays, 88 yards, capped off with a 28-yard touchdown pass from QB Baker Mayfield to WR Rashard Higgins. The extra point gave Cleveland a 7-0 lead.The Falcons got in range for a 40-yard field goal in the second quarter on the next drive to cut the lead to 7-3. Freddie Kitchens got creative on Cleveland’s next drive, deploying a full house formation with RB Duke Johnson, RB Nick Chubb, and RB Dontrell Hilliard all involved. It was going well for the first six plays of the drive, but on the seventh play, a trick play was called as Hilliard tried to throw the wheel route to Mayfield. The pass was intercepted by the safety, who returned it to midfield.Several plays later, QB Matt Ryan hit WR Julio Jones for a 1-yard touchdown pass to give the Falcons a 10-7 lead.But Cleveland responded to close out the first half. With under two minutes to go, Mayfield found Chubb for a misdirection screen pass that went for a 12-yard touchdown to take a 14-10 lead. That completed a perfect first half for Mayfield, who was 12-of-12 for 165 yards and 2 touchdowns.Atlanta tried to drive before the end of the half, but a sack by the Browns thwarted that. The Falcons still got the ball first to begin the second half. After a completion to WR Mohamed Sanu, Sanu fought for extra yardage and ended up getting stripped of the ball. With the short field, Mayfield had the Browns in a 3rd-and-6 situation from the 11 yard line. Mayfield dropped back and found Johnson over the middle, who ran it in for the touchdown to give Cleveland a 21-10 lead.The Browns forced a punt after Atlanta got the ball, pinning the offense back at the 8 yard line. After an incompletion by Mayfield, he handed the ball off to Chubb on second down, who broke away for a 92-yard touchdown for a 28-10 lead mid-way through the third quarter! It was the longest touchdown run in franchise history.You get nervous as a Browns fan that the team will give it right back. But with an 18-point lead, they didn’t, forcing a quick punt instead. As the Browns were driving, Johnson fumbled on a run play in which offensive holding was also called. However Chris Hubbard Color Rush Jersey , replay review indicated that Johnson’s knee was down. The holding penalty then applied, making it 1st-and-20. Eventually, Cleveland had to punt, and Atlanta drove past midfield heading into the final quarter of play.The Falcons drove to the goal line, but a perfect stick by SS Jabrill Peppers at the inch line to the running back forced a 3rd-and-goal from the 1 yard line. LB Joe Schobert stuffed the run on third down, and then on fourth down, he knocked the end zone pass away for a turnover on downs.The Browns had two false starts before they could get a play off, but it didn’t matter since the ball was already inside the 1 yard line. Mayfield got the team out of danger zone with a first-down pass to Callaway. The drive would go no further, punting with under nine minutes to go in the game.The Falcons finally got into the end zone again with 4:24 to go on a 3-yard touchdown pass to TE Amari Hooper, but credit the Browns’ defense with more stops inside the red zone to force more time off the clock. In fact, that was a fourth down play for the touchdown, one in which Cleveland would’ve had Hooper stopped short if the defender had gone for the tackle instead of defending the pass. The score was now 28-16 with Cleveland looking to close things out.Cleveland went three-and-out, but the Browns prevented another score after a fourth down sack and recovery by the Browns.Quick HittersQB Baker Mayfield: 17-of-20 (85%) for 216 yards, 3 touchdowns. 4 rushes, 22 yards (5.5 YPC).RB Nick Chubb: 20 carries, 176 yards (8.8 YPC). 1 TD. 3 catches, 33 yards (3 targets). 1 TD.RB Duke Johnson: 3 carries, 15 yards (5.0 YPC). 4 catches, 31 yards (4 targets). 1 TD. It was quite a day on Sunday for the Cleveland Browns rookie duo of quarterback Baker Mayfield and running back Nick Chubb. Mayfield tossed three touchdown passes during Cleveland’s 28-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons, and also finished the game with a quarterback rating of 151.3 - the best mark by a Browns rookie and the fifth-best mark in franchise history, according to It was also the highest quarterback rating for a Browns quarterback since Brian Sipe in 1978.While Mayfield’s performance seems like one that would be hard to top, Chubb may have pulled off the trick by rushing for 176 yards and scoring a pair of touchdowns — one on a 13-yard reception and another on a 92-yard touchdown run. Chubb’s touchdown run set a franchise record, which had been held by Bobbie Mitchell since 1959 , and is the second-longest by a rookie in NFL history. Chubb’s 176 rushing yards place him at No. 5 on the team’s list of best days by a rookie. Since taking over the starting role at running back following the October 20 trade of Carlos Hyde, Chubb has made up for lost time. After receiving just 16 carries through the season’s first six games, Chubb has rushed for 406 yards in the past four games. And following Sunday’s big game, Chubb has entered some pretty good company among rookie running backs. There was considerable, albeit foolish, debate prior to the 2018 NFL Draft that the Browns should select “generational talent” Saquon Barkley with the No. 1 overall selection and then take “whoever was left” among the quarterback group at No. 4.Barkley went to the New York Giants at No. 2, after the Browns selected Mayfield, and while the rookie running back has been putting up nice numbers for the Giants, the difference between Barkley and Chubb may not be as extreme as some would have you believe.Consider that:Chubb now has 579 rushing yards and is averaging 6.2 yards per carry to go along with five rushing touchdowns. Barkley has 519 rushing yards and is averaging 4.7 yards per carry to go along with five rushing touchdowns. Of course, Barkley is also active in the passing game, as he has 58 receptions for 497 yards and a pair of touchdowns. That gives him 1,016 combined yards from scrimmage with seven combined touchdowns. He has needed 169 touches to achieve those yards, which averages out to six yards per touch.However, when you factor in that Duke Johnson is part of the Browns passing game out of the backfield, the divide is once again not so wide. Johnson and Chubb have combined for 1,069 yards from scrimmage with nine combined touchdowns. And they have done it on 10 fewer touches, which gives the Browns duo an average of 6.7 yards every time they touch the ball.Barkley still has a game in hand as the Giants have already had their bye week, so he should soon surpass Chubb in rushing and increase his yards from scrimmage total. And without a viable quarterback in place, the Giants are probably happy with the selection.Even knowing that, it is hard to argue that the Browns are not in a better place with Chubb, Johnson and Mayfield lining up each week in the backfield.
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