For the first time in 635 days, the Cleveland Browns won a game.
After falling behind 14-0 in the first half, the Browns rallied past the New York Jets 21-17 on Thursday Night Football in Week 3.
Cleveland lost starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor to a concussion late in the second quarter, which forced No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick Baker Mayfield into action. As it turned out, that was the best thing that could have happened for the Browns.
Mayfield responded with a dazzling performance that helped the Browns overcome the Jets and end a 19-game winless streak that began in December of 2016. Not only that, but the victory also pushed Cleveland to 1-1-1 on the season after tying the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1 and blowing a fourth-quarter lead in a Week 2 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Following their win over New York, the Browns are now undefeated at home — yes, you read that correctly — heading into their Sept. 30 game at the Oakland Raiders. And behind the rookie, Mayfield, there is new life for a fanbase that previously seemed to be on life support.
But while Mayfield is receiving most of the headlines, it was truly a team effort for the Browns on Thursday night. After all, the Jets still had a chance to win the game before a late interception sealed the Browns’ four-point victory.
It was an incredible night for the Browns. Not only did they put their lengthy winless streak to bed, but they also handed the Jets their second straight loss after a dominant opening-week win over the Detroit Lions.
Here are three takeaways from Cleveland’s win over the Jets.
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