CLEVELAND — The Browns were riding high heading into Sunday’s game against the Chargers and came crashing back down to earth at some point during it.
Cleveland was dismantled by the Los Angeles Chargers, 38-14, in a game in which the team was overpowered and outplayed from start to finish.
The loss was the Browns’ first at home and worst of the season following three overtime finishes and five games that were decided by an average of 2.6 points.
Behind veteran quarterback Philip Rivers, the Chargers scored on their opening drive and never looked back. They rolled up 449 yards of offense and came after rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield (22-of-46, 238 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 5 sacks) all day long.
Player of the game: Chargers WR Tyrell Williams: Typically a role player for the Los Angeles offense, Williams carved up the Browns’ typically stout secondary on three catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
Key moment: Leading 7-3 in the second quarter, Rivers hit Williams with back-to-back passes of 44 and 45 yards on a two-play scoring drive that set the tone for the rest of the afternoon.
Stat of the game: 246 — The Browns were gashed time and again by Melvin Gordon and company, surrendering 246 yards rushing on 36 carries. Gordon finished with 18 carries for 132 yards and three touchdowns.
Who’s next?: The Browns play the Buccaneers in Tampa next week.
The Cleveland Browns play the Los Angeles Chargers at FirstEnergy Stadium in Week 6.