Now that’s a way to cap a three-game homestand.
The Browns went three for three in three must-win games at FirstEnergy Stadium, and the latest one tested Cleveland’s focus. The Browns raced out to 28 unanswered points and Miami responded with 17 of its own before Cleveland regained control for a 41-24 victory on a sunsoaked Sunday by the lake.
The Browns moved to 5-6 with their third consecutive win, setting themselves up for a highly anticipated rematch with the Steelers next week in Pittsburgh. The Dolphins fell to 2-9.
Baker Mayfield had his best statistical game of the season by the end of the first half and finished 24-of-34 for 327 yards, three TDs and an interception. In Cleveland’s last four games, Mayfield 94-of-146 (64.3 completion percentage) for 1,031 yards with eight touchdowns and an interception.
In his first game against his old team, Jarvis Landry powered the Browns with 10 catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Odell Beckham Jr. was similarly strong with six catches for 84 yards and a touchdown, marking the first time this season Landry and Beckham have scored in the same game.
Nick Chubb caught a 32-yard screen pass on the first play of the game and finished with 164 yards of offense -- 106 on the ground for his fifth 100-yard game of the season -- and a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Kareem Hunt had his first touchdown as a Brown with 1:01 to play in the second quarter to cap Cleveland’s 28-point first half.
Joe Schobert intercepted two more passes, one in the second quarter and another with less than 6 minutes to play, to give him four picks in the last two games. Cleveland has six interceptions in the last two games after going without one from Week 5-10.
The second half just wasn’t as stress-free as the first for the Browns, as the Dolphins scored touchdowns on back-to-back possessions to draw within 11 at the end of the third quarter.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a touchdown pass to tight end Mike Gesicki on a possession following Mayfield’s first interception since Week 8. He took it himself for an 8-yard touchdown run on a lengthy drive that came after a missed field goal by Austin Seibert.
Fitzpatrick finished 21-of-39 for 214 yards and also led the Dolphins with 45 rushing yards. DeVante Parker led Miami’s receivers with six catches for 91 yards. DT Sheldon Richardson, who frequently lined up at defensive end throughout the game, had two of the Browns’ four sacks.
Seibert’s 40-yard field goal with 11:21 to play stabilized things a bit for the Browns, who were down three starters on the defensive line in their first game without Myles Garrett. Seibert added another short one to give Cleveland a three-score lead midway through the fourth quarter.
The Browns scored touchdowns on four of their first five possessions, including a game-opening drive that was capped with a 7-yard Landry score. It marked the third straight game and fifth time at home this season Cleveland has scored a touchdown on its first possession.
Mayfield found Beckham on a 35-yard touchdown later in the quarter, marking the first scoring connection between the two since Week 2 against the Jets. Schobert’s first interception set up a Cleveland scoring drive that ended with Landry’s second touchdown, a 5-yarder less than 5 minutes into the second quarter.
The Browns will look for their fourth straight win next Sunday at Heinz Field.