The Browns defeated the Dolphins, 41-24, on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium behind a thrilling performance from their offense and big afternoons from their big-name wide receivers.
Here’s five plays that changed the game:
1. Mayfield’s 35-yard strike to Odell Beckham Jr.
This is what Cleveland’s been waiting for.
On first-and-10 from Miami’s 35, quarterback Baker Mayfield dropped back and heaved a pass to the back of the end zone, and fans in the Dawg Pound rose in excitement when they saw who the receiver was.
It was Beckham, who effortlessly leaped and corralled the pass to put the Browns up two possessions with a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Beckham hadn’t caught a touchdown since Week 2 against the Jets, but his big play in the first quarter put an emphatic end to that streak.
2. Landry’s 2nd TD of the game
If you expected Landry to make a big impact against his former team, you were right.
By the 10-minute mark of the second quarter, Landry had already hauled in two touchdowns that helped send the Browns into halftime with a 28-3 lead.
His second touchdown of the afternoon came after he leaped over a Dolphins defender to snag a perfectly placed pass from Mayfield and give the Browns a 21-0 lead. Fifteen minutes earlier, Landry grabbed his first touchdown on a quick 7-yard slant route.
The Dolphins simply couldn’t cover Landry, and they paid the price.
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3. Joe Schobert’s INT in the 2nd quarter
Right when the Dolphins appeared ready to crack the scoreboard, the Browns defense stepped up.
Ryan Fitzpatrick zipped a pass on a play from the Browns’ 31, but the ball hit Albert Wilson’s chest and caromed high into the sky.
When the ball came down, it landed in the hands of Schobert. It was the veteran linebacker’s third interception in his last two games, and it turned a promising Miami drive into a turnover.
It was also the first of two interceptions for Schobert, who picked off Fitzpatrick again with 6 minutes left to close out the win.
A reminder: Schobert only had two career interceptions before this season. He has four in the Browns’ last two games.
4. Kareem Hunt’s 1st Browns TD
Hunt had made noticeable impacts on the Browns offense in the first two games since he returned from suspension. The running back’s pass-catching ability and trucking ability was evident in the Browns’ past two wins.
But Hunt didn’t have a touchdown to show for it. That changed when he took a handoff and sprinted to the right pylon for a 6-yard touchdown with 1 minute left in the second quarter.
Hunt celebrated the score with a leap into a group of Browns fans in the first row of FirstEnergy Stadium.
The touchdown gave the Browns a 28-0 lead. The half wasn’t over yet, but it felt as though the Browns already had things wrapped up.
5. Landry’s 37-yard reception in the 4th quarter
With 8 minutes left and a 31-17 lead, the Browns needed some additional cushion to further crush any comeback hopes from the Dolphins.
On second-and-9 from Miami’s 48, Mayfield dropped back and eyed up Landry, streaking down the left sideline, for a pass heading right to the receiver’s back shoulder.
Landry turned his body, snagged the pass with his chest and toe-tapped his way out of bounds for the big pick-up. That moved the Browns deep into Dolphins territory and set up an easy 26-yard field goal from Austin Seibert to give Cleveland a cozy 34-17 lead with 6 minutes to play.