For the primary time in 635 days, the Cleveland Browns gained.
Baker Mayfield confirmed them how.
The No. 1 total choose changed injured starter Tyrod Taylor and sparked the Browns, who obtained two 1-yard landing runs from Carlos Hyde and beat the New York Jets 21-17 on Thursday night time for his or her first win since Dec. 24, 2016.
“I’ve simply been ready for my second,” Mayfield mentioned. “I’m simply getting began.”
And so ends Cleveland’s 19-game winless streak, the NFL’s second-longest because the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
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The Browns (1-1-1) trailed 14-Zero within the first half earlier than Mayfield got here in for Taylor and led 4 scoring drives whereas successful an surprising matchup towards Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold. Cleveland handed on taking Darnold within the draft and as a substitute selected Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma.
Mayfield completed 17 of 23 for 201 yards in a bit of greater than a half after coming in after Taylor suffered a concussion.
Darnold had one final probability, however was intercepted by Terrence Mitchell with 11 seconds left.
When the ultimate seconds ticked off the clock, Cleveland followers, who had endured a Zero-16 season and waited almost two years to see their Browns win, erupted in celebration.
Fridges across the metropolis stocked with Bud Lights had been lastly unlocked, and there figured to be quite a lot of drinks consumed within the hours forward.
This was only one win, and whereas it was an ending, it additionally felt like a starting — due to Mayfield.
“Dilly, dilly to the Cleveland followers,” Mayfield mentioned, utilizing the beer’s industrial slogan.
“It’s not the one win we’re going to have fun.”
Isaiah Crowell had two landing runs for the Jets (1-2), who appeared in management after they took a 14-Zero lead and knocked Taylor from the sport.
Newly signed Browns kicker Greg Joseph made discipline targets of 45 and 27 yards after being signed simply three days in the past.
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Browns coach Hue Jackson obtained simply his second win in 35 video games since being employed by house owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam, and this win will ease a number of the strain he’s been feeling to get Cleveland rotated. Jackson is also confronted with a troublesome alternative — both stick to Mayfield or return to Taylor when he’s wholesome.
The choice won’t be as robust now.
Jackson wouldn’t decide to staying with Mayfield, however referred to the efficiency as “his popping out celebration” a number of occasions.
Mayfield made his NFL debut with 1:42 left within the second quarter, changing an injured Taylor after Cleveland’s starter was sacked for the third time. Taylor struggled attending to his ft after being dragged down by linebacker Avery Williamson, however he had absorbed a number of onerous blows earlier than that — and had been ineffective.
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With Cleveland’s crowd roaring, Mayfield accomplished a 14-yard go to Jarvis Landry on his first go as a professional after which discovered tight finish David Njoku for 17 yards. Mayfield drove Cleveland into field-goal place and Joseph, who signed with the group on Monday following a tryout, drilled a low line drive to drag the Browns inside 14-Three.
Cleveland’s plan was to have Mayfield watch and be taught this season.
Taylor’s damage could change every little thing.
For Darnold, a promising begin ended along with his second loss in three video games. He accomplished 15 of 31 passes for 169 yards, however threw two picks late within the fourth as he tried to rally the Jets.
“I really feel like I’ve obtained to play higher and make higher reads,” Darnold mentioned. “I have to be extra decisive. We’ve obtained to make them pay and put the ball in our playmakers’ arms.”
Hyde’s 1-yard TD run pulled the Browns inside 14-12 and Cleveland tied it with a trick 2-point play.
Mayfield shifted to the left and the ball was snapped on to working again Duke Johnson, who ran proper and gave the ball to Landry on a reverse. Landry then lofted a go into the top zone to Mayfield, whose conversion tied it and despatched Cleveland followers right into a frenzy.
Crowell scored his second TD with 7:54 left within the second quarter, and was flagged for extreme celebrating when he squatted and wiped the ball on his bottom earlier than flinging it into the gang.
Crowell’s untouched 7-yard run TD run got here 5 performs after Jets linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis obtained a hand on Britton Colquitt’s tried punt and New York took over at Cleveland’s 28.
On the primary play of the second quarter, Crowell took an inside handoff and raced into the top zone earlier than firing the ball into the stands in celebration. Crowell spent 4 seasons with the Browns earlier than signing a three-year, $12 million free agent contract with New York as a free agent in March.