Browns blown out by Chargers 38-14
CLEVELAND — Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes to Tyrell Williams — and the veteran quarterback threw a block — and Melvin Gordon had three TD runs as the Los Angeles Chargers banged around Cleveland rookie Baker Mayfield and the Browns, 38-14 on Sunday.
Mayfield’s third start as a pro was a rough one. The No. 1 overall pick was sacked five times, tweaked his ankle when he slid on a sideline marker and threw two interceptions.
The Browns (2-3-1) were blown out after playing five tight games — three going to overtime — and showed there’s still a long road ahead.
The Chargers first scored with a 4-yard rush from Melvin Gordon. Then Philip Rivers threw for two touchdowns, both to Tyrell Williams.
WR Rod Streaker left the game with a neck stinger and will not return, the team said. Rashard Higgins and Breshad Perriman were already inactive for the game.
Cleveland was down, 21-6, at halftime with the Browns’ only scores being Greg Joseph field goals.
The Browns continued to trail the Chargers 35-6 after Los Angeles scored two touchdowns in the third quarter. The Browns did not put any points on the board during the third quarter.
Cleveland attempted to comeback from a 29 point deficit in the fourth quarter. David Njoku scored a 1-yard touchdown and then the team successfully completed a two-point conversion, raising the score 35-14.
Mayfield was under duress from the start, and he didn’t get much help from his wide receivers. Rookies Antonio Callaway and Damion Ratley both missed potential TD catches in the first half.
While running out of bounds on a scramble in the first quarter, Mayfield skidded on the plastic marker on L.A.s’ sideline and he favored his leg throughout the rest of the game.
Browns’ LB Joe Schobert (hamstring) left in the third quarter, and LB James Burgess (hamstring) went out in the fourth. … WR Rod Streater suffered a neck “stinger” while covering a punt in the first quarter and did not return. Streater’s injury complicated Cleveland’s issues at wide receiver as Rashard Higgins and Derrick Willies were also out with injuries. The team signed free agent Breshad Perriman on Saturday, but he wasn’t active.