Baker Mayfield helps Browns dominate Lions in 35-17 win

Cleveland finishes preseason 3-1

Daryl Ruiter
August 30, 2018 - 9:05 pm

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Baker Mayfield impressed in the first half of the preseason finale and the Browns’ backups dominated Detroit’s.

Mayfield completed 9 of 16 passes for 138 yards and a rating of 84.9 as he helped to build a 25-0 halftime lead at Ford Field.

The Browns won the game 35-17. 

"He can make plays. I'm not surprised about what he's done," head coach Hue Jackson told WEWS Tv-5 at halftime about Mayfield. "He's done a good job. We're just getting too many penalties as a football team."

Those penalties – 7 of them for 50 yards, and 4 of them coming on special teams – were the only blemish in the first half. The Browns were flagged a total of 14 times for 134 yards.

Matthew Dayes, fighting to be a fourth running back kept on the roster, ran for 70 yards on 5 carries and a touchdown in the first half and finished with 77 yards on 8 carries. He also made a special teams tackle but suffered an injury in the fourth quarter and did not return.

Mayfield marched the Browns 9 plays and 80 yards on the opening drive, including a 41-yard completion to Devon Cajuste on the first snap and a 7-yard completion to the tight end on third-and-6 before Chubb hammered it in from 3 yards out on fourth-and-1 for the 7-0 lead. On the drive, Chubb carried 5 times for 30 yards.

Cajuste had 2 catches for 48 yards but had a third pass to him over the middle poked out of his hands from behind. He was also penalized on the opening kickoff for holding.

Nate Orchard, fighting for one of the remaining roster spots defensively, had a pressure on first down and a tackle-for-loss on second down as the second-string D forced a quick 3-and-out on their first series. Carl Nassib started opposite of Orchard at defensive end.  

Nassib was guilty of a false start that turned a 34-yard Zane Gonzalez field goal into a 39-yard make to go up 10-0.

Days made it 17-0 in the second quarter with a 42-yard touchdown run, aided by a superb block by Spencer Drango who pulled from right guard on the play to cap an 8-play, 69-yard drive.

Orchard played the entire first half and he ended it with an athletic 64-yard pick 6 of Lions quarterback Matt Cassel for a 23-0 lead before half.

"That's good to see," Jackson told WEWS TV-5 at haltime. "Anytime we can get turnovers and keep knocking the ball out that's what we have to do. That's going to be good for us heading into the season."

Cleveland out-gained the Lions 216-108 in the first half, had 13 first downs to Detroit’s 4 – 2 by penalty, while dominating on the ground 132-2 and through the air 138-106.