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2018 Cleveland Browns season
Head Coach Hue Jackson (Fired Week 8, 2–5–1 record)
Gregg Williams (interim, 5–3 record)
General Manager John Dorsey
Home Field FirstEnergy Stadium
Results
Record 7–8–1
Place {{{division_place}}}
Playoff Finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers OG Joel Bitonio
DE Myles Garrett
WR Jarvis Landry
CB Denzel Ward
Timeline
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The 2018 season was the Cleveland Browns' 70th season as a professional sports franchise, their 66th season as a member of the NFL, and their first full season under general manager John Dorsey. It was their third and final season under head coach Hue Jackson. The Browns improved upon their 2017 campaign in which they went a franchise worst 0–16, finishing in 3rd place in the AFC North with a record of 7–8–1, their best record since the 2007 season. However, they failed to end their franchise-record and league-high 15-year playoff drought and enter the postseason for the first time since 2002.

On September 9, the Browns opened their season against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a 21–21 tie. This was the Browns' first tie since 1989, and it ended a 17-game losing streak which dated back to the 2016 season. On September 20, the Browns defeated the New York Jets 21–17, ending a 19-game winless streak.

On October 29, Jackson was fired after posting a record of 2–5–1 through Week 8 and an overall record of 3–36–1 during his two and a half seasons in Cleveland. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who was in his first season with the Browns, was fired the same day. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was named interim head coach.[1] Under Williams, the Browns went 5–3 to finish out the season.

Rookie starting quarterback Baker Mayfield threw 27 touchdown passes, breaking the record for the most touchdown passes thrown by a rookie quarterback. The previous record of 26 was shared by Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson.

OffseasonEdit

Front office changesEdit

On January 2, new general manager John Dorsey hired Green Bay Packers personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith as vice president of football operations.[2]

On January 10, the Browns announced several front office hirings: Eliot Wolf as assistant general manager, Jimmy Noel as assistant director of pro scouting, Matt Donahoe as a scout, and Dan Zegers as personnel coordinator. The Browns also announced that former vice president of player personnel Ken Kovash would switch to a role within the strategy department, and fired senior personnel executive Ryan Grigson.[3]

Coaching changesEdit

On January 10, the Browns released special teams coordinator Chris Tabor. He had been the longest-tenured coach on the Browns, with the team since 2011.[4]

On January 11, the Browns hired Adam Henry as wide receivers coach, a position he held with the New York Giants since 2016. Former wide receivers coach Al Saunders transitioned into a senior advisory role.[5]

On January 12, the Browns hired Ken Zampese as quarterbacks coach. They also fired running backs coach/run game coordinator Kirby Wilson, special teams assistant Shawn Mennenga, and special teams quality control coach Stan Watson.[6]

On January 24, the Browns hired Amos Jones as special teams coordinator, Todd Haley as offensive coordinator, and Freddie Kitchens as running backs/assistant head coach.[7]

On February 8, the Browns hired Sam Shade as assistant special teams coach.[8]

On March 9, the Browns hired former return specialist Josh Cribbs as special teams intern.[9]

Roster changesEdit

Re-signingsEdit

Position Player Tag Date
ILB Tank Carder UFA March 27[10]
WR Josh Gordon ERFA March 14[11]
WR Matt Hazel ERFA March 14[11]
QB Kevin Hogan ERFA March 14[11]
TE Matt Lengel ERFA March 14[11]
DT Jamie Meder RFA March 14[11]
C Austin Reiter ERFA March 14[11]
FB Danny Vitale ERFA March 14[11]
UFA=Unrestricted free agent, RFA=Restricted free agent, ERFA=Exclusive rights free agent

Players addedEdit

Position Player Tag 2017 team Date
CB T. J. Carrie UFA Oakland Raiders March 14[12]
TE Orson Charles UFA Kansas City Chiefs July 30[13]
TE Darren Fells UFA Detroit Lions March 14[14]
CB E. J. Gaines UFA Buffalo Bills March 23[15]
T Chris Hubbard UFA Pittsburgh Steelers March 14[16]
RB Carlos Hyde UFA San Francisco 49ers March 14[17]
WR Jarvis Landry Trade[trade 1] Miami Dolphins March 14[18]
DT Devaroe Lawrence Trade[trade 2] New Orleans Saints September 1[19]
CB Terrance Mitchell UFA Kansas City Chiefs March 14[20]
S Damarious Randall Trade[trade 3] Green Bay Packers March 14[18]
T Greg Robinson UFA Detroit Lions June 19[21]
LB Brady Sheldon Waiver Oakland Raiders June 13[22]
DE Chris Smith UFA Cincinnati Bengals March 14[23]
QB Drew Stanton UFA Arizona Cardinals March 25[24]
QB Tyrod Taylor Trade[trade 4] Buffalo Bills March 14[18]
G Earl Watford UFA Arizona Cardinals August 28[25]

Players lostEdit

Position Player Tag 2018 team Date
LB Dominique Alexander Release May 3[26]
LB B. J. Bello Release Arizona Cardinals September 1[19]
LB Max Bullough Release April 12[27]
DE Caleb Brantley Release Washington Redskins September 1[28][29]
LB Tank Carder Release June 5[30]
WR Corey Coleman Trade[trade 5] Buffalo Bills August 5[31]
T Shon Coleman Trade[trade 6] San Francisco 49ers August 31[32]
RB Isaiah Crowell UFA New York Jets March 14[33]
RB Matthew Dayes Release San Francisco 49ers September 1[19]
T Spencer Drango Release Los Angeles Chargers September 1[19][34]
TE Gavin Escobar Release Miami Dolphins April 12[27][35]
T Geoff Gray Release Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL) August 28[25]
WR Matt Hazel Release Indianapolis Colts April 30[36][37]
QB Kevin Hogan Trade[trade 7] Washington Redskins April 6[38]
WR Bug Howard Release Carolina Panthers April 12[27][39]
RB Darius Jackson Release Dallas Cowboys May 3[26][40]
T Roderick Johnson Release Houston Texans June 19[21][41]
CB Mike Jordan Release New York Giants September 1[19][42]
QB Cody Kessler Trade[trade 8] Jacksonville Jaguars March 27[43]
OLB Josh Keyes UFA Houston Texans March 20[44]
QB DeShone Kizer Trade[trade 3] Green Bay Packers March 14[18]
TE Matt Lengel Release Houston Texans April 12[27][45]
G Marcus Martin UFA Dallas Cowboys March 26[46]
CB Jason McCourty Trade[trade 9] New England Patriots March 15[47]
S Kai Nacua Release Baltimore Ravens April 30[36][48]
DE Nate Orchard Release Buffalo Bills September 1[19][49]
WR Larry Pinkard Release April 12[27]
CB Reggie Porter Release April 20[50]
DT Danny Shelton Trade[trade 10] New England Patriots March 14[51]
CB C. J. Smith Release Denver Broncos April 12[27][52]
S Derron Smith Release San Antonio Commanders (AAF) August 31[28]
CB Jamar Taylor Trade[trade 11] Arizona Cardinals May 19[53]
RB Kelvin Taylor Release Orlando Apollos (AAF) April 12[27]
TE Randall Telfer Release Indianapolis Colts May 4[54][55]
T Joe Thomas Retired March 14[56]
CB Simeon Thomas Release Seattle Seahawks September 1[19][57]
CB Corey White Release April 20[50]
WR Kasen Williams Release Indianapolis Colts April 30[36][58]

Trade notes

  1. Browns fire head coach Hue Jackson, offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
  2. Demovsky, Rob. "Alonzo Highsmith leaves Packers front office to be Browns' VP of football operations", ESPN.com, January 3, 2018. 
  3. Pokorny, Chris. "Browns officially announce several front office hirings; quietly sweep Ryan Grigson away", Dawgs By Nature, January 10, 2018. 
  4. Pokorny, Chris. "The streak ends: Chris Tabor is no longer the Browns’ special teams coordinator", Dawgs By Nature, January 10, 2018. 
  5. Pokorny, Chris. "Browns hire Adam Henry as new wide receivers coach", Dawgs By Nature, January 11, 2018. 
  6. Pokorny, Chris. "Browns announce several coaching changes; Ken Zampese hired as QB coach, Kirby Wilson fired as RB coach", Dawgs By Nature, January 12, 2018. 
  7. Pokorny, Chris. "Browns confirm hiring of new coaches, including Freddie Kitchens as RB coach", Dawgs By Nature, January 24, 2018. 
  8. Greetham, Fred. "Browns hire Sam Shade as assistant special teams coach", scout.com, February 8, 2018. 
  9. Andrea, Hangst. "Josh Cribbs returns to Browns as coaching intern", Dawgs By Nature, March 9, 2018. 
  10. Cabot, Mary Kay (27 March 2018). Browns re-sign linebacker Tank Carder. Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved on 28 March 2018.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 Edwards, Josh (14 March 2018). Browns tender six of their own free agents. 247 Sports. Retrieved on 15 March 2018.
  12. Browns are signing cornerback T.J. Carrie from the Raiders for 4 years, $31 million. Cleveland.com (14 March 2018). Retrieved on 15 March 2018.
  13. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Thompson
  14. Browns signing TE Darren Fells to a 3-year deal worth $12 million. Cleveland.com (14 March 2018). Retrieved on 15 March 2018.
  15. "Browns continue to bolster secondary with signing of E.J. Gaines", 23 March 2018. Retrieved on 27 March 2018. 
  16. Browns signing ex-Steelers OT Chris Hubbard to 5-year, $37.5 million deal as more insurance for Joe Thomas. Cleveland.com (14 March 2018). Retrieved on 15 March 2018.
  17. Schwab, Frank (14 March 2018). Does the Browns signing RB Carlos Hyde mean Saquon Barkley won't go first overall?. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved on 15 March 2018.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Pokorny, Chris. "Recap of all the Browns’ trades: Acquiring QB Tyrod Taylor, WR Jarvis Landry, and CB Damarious Randall", DawgsByNature.com, March 9, 2018. Retrieved on March 9, 2018. 
  19. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named cuts2
  20. Browns signing CB Terrance Mitchell to 3-year deal worth $12 million. Cleveland.com (14 March 2018). Retrieved on 15 March 2018.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Newport, Kyle (19 June 2018). Former No. 2 Overall Pick Greg Robinson Signs Browns Contract. Bleacher Report. Retrieved on 19 June 2018.
  22. Browns claim LB Brady Sheldon (13 June 2018).
  23. Browns and former Bengals DE Chris Smith expected to reach agreement on 3 year deal. Cleveland.com (14 March 2018). Retrieved on 15 March 2018.
  24. Browns reach two-year deal with QB Drew Stanton. ESPN (25 March 2018). Retrieved on 25 March 2018.
  25. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named cuts0
  26. 26.0 26.1 Browns release two players. ClevelandBrowns.com (3 May 2018). Retrieved on 3 May 2018.
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 27.5 27.6 Browns release 7 players. ClevelandBrowns.com (12 April 2018). Retrieved on 16 April 2018.
  28. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named cuts1
  29. Keim, John (4 September 2018). Redskins sign Caleb Brantley, who fell in 2017 draft due to battery complaint. ESPN. Retrieved on 7 September 2018.
  30. Pokorny, Chris (5 June 2018). End of an Era: Browns release LB Tank Carder. Dawgs By Nature. Retrieved on 5 June 2018.
  31. Knoblauch, Austin (August 6, 2018). Browns trade Corey Coleman to Bills for draft pick.
  32. Pokorny, Chris (31 August 2018). Browns trade OT Shon Coleman to 49ers for 7th round pick. Dawgs by Nature. Retrieved on 4 September 2018.
  33. Costello, Brian (13 March 2018). Jets land running back Isaiah Crowell, who has some baggage. New York Post. Retrieved on 15 March 2018.
  34. Chargers sign offensive lineman to practice squad. Chargers Wire. USA Today (September 18, 2018).
  35. Miami Dolphins Sign Escobar (16 April 2018).
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 Cleveland Browns sign QB Joel Stave, waive 3 other players. Fox 8 News (30 April 2018). Retrieved on 30 April 2018.
  37. Roster Moves: Colts Sign WR Matt Hazel, RB Branden Oliver; Place WR Deon Cain On IR (12 August 2018).
  38. McManamon, Pat (6 April 2018). Browns complete QB overhaul, trade Kevin Hogan to Redskins. ESPN. Retrieved on 6 April 2018.
  39. Henson, Max (14 May 2018). Panthers sign four tryouts, waive Zack Sanchez.
  40. Alper, Josh (30 May 2018). Cowboys bring back Darius Jackson, sign Antwaun Woods.
  41. TRANSACTIONS: Texans claim T Roderick Johnson (June 20, 2018).
  42. Mike Jordan, CB for the New York Giants
  43. Wagner-McGough, Sean (27 March 2018). Browns trade former third-round pick Cody Kessler to Jaguars for late-round draft pick. CBS Sports. Retrieved on 27 March 2018.
  44. TRANSACTIONS: Texans sign ILB Josh Keyes (20 March 2018). Retrieved on 25 March 2018.
  45. TRANSACTIONS: Texans claim Matt Lengel (13 April 2018).
  46. Cowboys officially sign former 49ers OL Marcus Martin (26 March 2018).
  47. Browns trade DB Jason McCourty. ClevelandBrowns.com (15 March 2018). Retrieved on 16 March 2018.
  48. Mink, Ryan (1 May 2018). Ravens Claim Defensive Back Kai Nacua Off Waivers.
  49. Brown, Chris (September 10, 2018). Bills sign DE Nate Orchard.
  50. 50.0 50.1 "Browns release 2 players". ClevelandBrowns.com (20 April 2018). Retrieved on 27 April 2018.
  51. Pokorny, Chris. "Browns trading DT Danny Shelton to the Patriots", DawgsByNature.com, March 9, 2018. Retrieved on March 10, 2018. 
  52. Swanson, Ben (14 April 2018). Broncos claim CB C.J. Smith off waivers.
  53. Cabot, Mary Kay (19 May 2018). Browns' trade of Jamar Taylor to the Cardinals for 6th round pick in '20 is official. Cleveland.com. Retrieved on 21 May 2018.
  54. Kerkhoff, Blair (4 May 2018). Chiefs-Browns trade that brought tight end to KC is called off.
  55. Roster Move: Colts Claim TE Randall Telfer (7 May 2018).
  56. McManamon, Pat (March 14, 2018). Joe Thomas walking away, heading to the Hall of Fame. Retrieved on March 14, 2018.
  57. Report: Seahawks claim G Jordan Simmons, CB Simeon Thomas
  58. ROSTER MOVE: Colts Sign WR-Kasen Williams (11 May 2018).

Players added and lostEdit

The Browns added and released the following players during the 2018 off-season:

2018 draft classEdit

2018 Cleveland Browns draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 1 Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
1 4 Denzel Ward * CB Ohio St Pick from HOU
2 33 Austin Corbett OT Nevada
2 35 Nick Chubb RB Georgia Pick from HOU
3 67 Chad Thomas DE Miami (FL) Pick from IND
4 105 Antonio Callaway WR Florida Pick from CHI
5 150 Genard Avery LB Memphis Pick from GB
6 175 Damion Ratley WR Texas A&M
6 188 Simeon Thomas CB Louisiana Pick from WAS
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Undrafted free agentsEdit

2018 Cleveland Browns UDFA
style="Template:NFLAltPrimaryStyle"| Player style="Template:NFLAltPrimaryStyle"| Position style="Template:NFLAltPrimaryStyle"| College style="Template:NFLAltPrimaryStyle"| Signed style="Template:NFLAltPrimaryStyle"| Cut
Drew Bailey DT Louisville May 1[1] August 28[2]
Stephen Baggett TE East Carolina August 18[3] August 31[4]
Evan Berry WR Tennessee May 1[1] August 28[2]
Christian Boutte CB Nicholls July 30[5] August 31[4]
D.J. Calhoun LB Arizona State May 1[1] August 27[6]
Elijah Campbell S Northern Iowa May 1[1] August 31[4]
Christian DiLauro T Illinois May 1[1] September 1[7]
Daniel Ekuale DT Washington State May 1[1] September 1[7]
Marcell Frazier * DE Missouri May 18[8] August 28[2]
DeMarquis Gates LB Ole Miss May 22[9] June 14[10]
Micah Hannemann S BYU May 1[1] August 18[11]
Desmond Harrison T West Georgia May 1[1]
Zaycoven Henderson DT Texas A&M May 1[1] September 1[7]
Blake Jackson WR Mary Hardin–Baylor July 28[12] August 31[4]
Montrel Meander S Grambling State May 1[1] September 1[7]
Brogan Roback QB Eastern Michigan May 14[13] August 28[2]
Da'Mari Scott WR Fresno State May 1[1] September 1[7]
Trenton Thompson DT Georgia May 1[1] July 30[5]
Derrick Willies WR Texas Tech May 1[1]
Blaine Woodson * DT Delaware August 15[14] August 31[4]
Erick Wren C Oklahoma May 1[1] July 28[15]
A green background indicates the player made the Browns' Week 1 53-man roster

* Browns claimed player off waivers after he signed as an undrafted free agent with another team and was waived.

StaffEdit

2018 Cleveland Browns final staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2018 Cleveland Browns final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 11 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

PreseasonEdit

The Browns opened training camp on July 26. The Browns' training camp and preseason was featured on the HBO series Hard Knocks.

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 9 at NY Giants W 20–10 1–0 MetLife Stadium Recap
2 August 17 Buffalo L 17–19 1–1 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
3 August 23 Philadelphia W 5–0 2–1 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
4 August 30 at Detroit W 35–17 3–1 Ford Field Recap

NotesEdit

  • WR Josh Gordon did not report to the beginning of training camp as part of his "overall health and treatment plan."[16] He returned to the team on August 18.[17]
  • On August 29, federal charges were brought against LB Mychal Kendricks for insider trading, in which he allegedly made $1.2 million in profits on illegal trades made between 2014 and 2017. The team released Kendricks on August 30.[18]

Roster cutsEdit

The Browns waived the following players between August 28 and September 1 to get their roster down to the 53-player maximum.[2][4][7]

The Browns also traded T Shon Coleman[19] and acquired DT Devaroe Lawrence in a separate trade.[7]

On September 2, the Browns added DT Carl Davis, DE Ifeadi Odenigbo, C Aaron Neary, LB Tanner Vallejo, and Tavierre Thomas, who were all waived by their former teams. To make room on the roster, the Browns waived LB Jermaine Grace, CB Jeremiah McKinnon, DT Jamie Meder, DE Carl Nassib, and C Austin Reiter.[20]

On September 3, the Browns signed Ekuale, Henderson, Hilliard, G Kyle Kalis, TE Pharoah McKever, McKinnon, Meander, Scott, T Brad Seaton, and Shelton to their practice squad. Sankoh, who is part of the NFL's International Player Pathway program, was also added to the practice squad and does not count toward its 10-player limit.[21]

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

The Browns' 2018 schedule was announced on April 19.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 9 Pittsburgh T 21–21 (OT) 0–0–1 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
2 September 16 at New Orleans L 18–21 0–1–1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
3 September 20 (Thu) NY Jets W 21–17 1–1–1 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
4 September 30 at Oakland L 42–45 (OT) 1–2–1 Oakland Coliseum Recap
5 October 7 Baltimore W 12–9 (OT) 2–2–1 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
6 October 14 LA Chargers L 14–38 2–3–1 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
7 October 21 at Tampa Bay L 23–26 (OT) 2–4–1 Raymond James Stadium Recap
8 October 28 at Pittsburgh L 18–33 2–5–1 Heinz Field Recap
9 November 4 Kansas City L 21–37 2–6–1 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
10 November 11 Atlanta W 28–16 3–6–1 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
11 Bye
12 November 25 at Cincinnati W 35–20 4–6–1 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
13 December 2 at Houston L 13–29 4–7–1 NRG Stadium Recap
14 December 9 Carolina W 26–20 5–7–1 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
15 December 15 (Sat) at Denver W 17–16 6–7–1 Mile High Recap
16 December 23 Cincinnati W 26–18 7–7–1 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
17 December 30 at Baltimore L 24–26 7–8–1 M&T Bank Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

Week One: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 14 0 21
Browns 0 0 7 14 21

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
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First quarter

  • No scoring plays

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • CLE – Tyrod Taylor 20-yard run (Zane Gonzalez kick), 10:05. Tied 7–7. Drive: 10 plays, 86 yards, 4:55.
  • PIT – Antonio Brown 22-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Chris Boswell kick), 8:24. Steelers 14–7. Drive: 3 plays, 74 yards, 1:41.
  • PIT – James Conner 22-yard run (Chris Boswell kick), 5:29. Steelers 21–7. Drive: 2 plays, 39 yards, 0:45.

Fourth quarter

  • CLE – Carlos Hyde 1-yard run (Zane Gonzalez kick), 7:32. Steelers 21–14. Drive: 1 play, 1 yard, 0:04.
  • CLE – Josh Gordon 17-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor (Zane Gonzalez kick), 1:58. Tied 21–21. Drive: 2 plays, 55 yards, 0:12.

Overtime

  • No scoring plays

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The Browns' defense intercepted Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger three times and recovered three fumbles. Rookie CB Denzel Ward had two of the interceptions for the Browns. Cleveland only had one turnover, with Tyrod Taylor throwing an interception in the 4th quarter. Both teams had a chance to win late in the overtime period, but came up short. Chris Boswell missed a 42-yard field goal for the Steelers, while Browns kicker Zane Gonzalez had his 43-yard attempt blocked with 0:09 left in overtime.

With their first tie since 1989, the Browns started the season at 0–0–1. This tie ended a 17-game losing streak that dated back to the final game of the 2016 season. It also ended streaks of 17 straight losses within the AFC North, 13 straight season-opening losses, and six straight losses to the Steelers. Ward was named the NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 1.[22]

Week 2: at New Orleans SaintsEdit

Week Two: Cleveland Browns at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 3 6 6 18
Saints 3 0 0 18 21

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: September 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,086
  • Referee: Ronald Torbert
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Gamebook
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First quarter

  • CLE – Zane Gonzalez 39-yard field goal, 8:29. Browns 3–0. Drive: 6 plays, 25 yards, 3:02.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 31-yard field goal, 2:47. Tied 3–3. Drive: 11 plays, 63 yards, 5:42.

Second quarter

  • CLE – Zane Gonzalez 39-yard field goal, 1:55. Browns 6–3. Drive: 7 plays, 45 yards, 2:21.

Third quarter

  • CLE – Carlos Hyde 1-yard run (PAT failed), 6:43. Browns 12–3. Drive: 12 plays, 79 yards, 6:27.

Fourth quarter

  • NO – Michael Thomas 2-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 8:41. Browns 12–10. Drive: 9 plays, 66 yards, 5:35.
  • NO – Michael Thomas 5-yard pass from Drew Brees (Alvin Kamara run), 2:40. Saints 18–12. Drive: 4 plays, 18 yards, 2:17.
  • CLE – Antonio Callaway 47-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor (PAT failed), 1:16. Tied 18–18. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 1:24.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 44-yard field goal, 0:21. Saints 21–18. Drive: 6 plays, 49 yards, 0:55.

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The teams exchanged field goals in the first quarter, then Browns K Zane Gonzalez kicked his second field goal late in the second quarter to give the Browns a 6–3 halftime lead. Carlos Hyde scored a touchdown on a short run to give the Browns a 12–3 lead, but the Saints scored 15 straight points in the fourth quarter to take an 18–12 lead. The Browns answered with a tying touchdown on a 47-yard Tyrod Taylor Hail Mary pass to Antonio Callaway with 1:16 remaining. However, Gonzalez missed the extra point attempt, his second miss of the day, which would have given the Browns the lead. Saints K Wil Lutz nailed a 44-yard game-winner with 0:21 remaining. The Browns drove to give Gonzalez an attempt at a 52-yard field goal to tie the game in the final seconds, but it sailed wide right.

With the loss, the Browns fell to 0–1–1. Their winless streak extended to 19 games.

The next day, the Browns released Gonzalez and signed rookie K Greg Joseph.[23] Joseph played college football at Florida Atlantic and was on the Miami Dolphins' training camp roster. The Browns also traded WR Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots for a 2019 fifth round selection. If Gordon is not active for at least ten games for New England the rest of the season, the Browns will also send New England a 2019 seventh round selection.[24]

Week 3: vs. New York JetsEdit

Week Three: New York Jets at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 14 0 3 17
Browns 0 3 11 7 21

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

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First quarter

  • No scoring plays

Second quarter

  • NYJ – Isaiah Crowell 7-yard run (Jason Myers kick), 14:56. Jets 7–0. Drive: 5 plays, 28 yards, 2:17.
  • NYJ – Isaiah Crowell 2-yard run (Jason Myers kick), 7:54. Jets 14–0. Drive: 10 plays, 63 yards, 5:37.
  • CLE – Greg Joseph 45-yard field goal, 0:27. Jets 14–3. Drive: 6 plays, 39 yards, 1:19.

Third quarter

  • CLE – Greg Joseph 27-yard field goal, 5:24. Jets 14–6. Drive: 4 plays, 0 yards, 0:55.
  • CLE – Carlos Hyde 1-yard run (Jarvis Landry pass to Baker Mayfield), 0:47. Tied 14–14. Drive: 7 plays, 69 yards, 2:49.

Fourth quarter

  • NYJ – Jason Myers 28-yard field goal, 8:58. Jets 17–14. Drive: 12 plays, 65 yards, 6:44.
  • CLE – Carlos Hyde 1-yard run (Greg Joseph kick), 2:04. Browns 21–17. Drive: 15 plays, 75 yards, 6:52.

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Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield entered the game in the 2nd quarter after starter Tyrod Taylor left the game with a concussion.[25] Taylor finished the game 4/14 for 19 yards. Mayfield threw for 201 yards and a caught a pass from receiver Jarvis Landry for a two-point conversion. Carlos Hyde added two touchdown runs including the go-ahead score with just over two minutes remaining. The Jets offense could not respond as QB Sam Darnold threw a pair of interceptions in the Jets' final two drives to preserve the 21–17 win.

With the win, the Browns improved to 1–1–1. This win marked the end of the team's 19-game winless streak and the team's first win in 635 days.[26] Mayfield was named the NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 3.[27]

On September 24, Mayfield was named the team's starting quarterback moving forward.

Week 4: at Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Four: Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 14 11 14 42
Raiders 7 7 7 21 45

at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California

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First quarter

  • OAK – Gareon Conley 36-yard interception return (Matt McCrane kick), 10:01. Raiders 7–0.
  • CLE – Greg Joseph 25-yard field goal, 2:00. Raiders 7–3. Drive: 15 plays, 68 yards, 8:01.

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • CLE – Greg Joseph 28-yard field goal, 9:22. Browns 20–14. Drive: 11 plays, 65 yards, 5:38.
  • CLE – Jarvis Landry 2-yard pass from Baker Mayfield (Duke Johnson run), 7:26. Browns 28–14. Drive: 2 plays, 31 yards, 0:51.
  • OAK – Jared Cook 7-yard pass from Derek Carr (Matt McCrane kick), 5:34. Browns 28–21. Drive: 3 plays, 7 yards, 0:11.

Fourth quarter

  • OAK – Matt McCrane 29-yard field goal, 14:17. Browns 28–24. Drive: 6 plays, 58 yards, 2:07.
  • OAK – Jordy Nelson 19-yard pass from Derek Carr (Matt McCrane kick), 12:46. Raiders 31–28. Drive: 2 plays, 20 yards, 0:40.
  • OAK – Matt McCrane 44-yard field goal, 10:46. Raiders 34–28. Drive: 4 plays, 3 yards, 1:26.
  • CLE – Carlos Hyde 1-yard run (Greg Joseph kick), 8:07. Browns 35–34. Drive: 7 plays, 77 yards, 2:39.
  • CLE – Nick Chubb 41-yard run (Greg Joseph kick), 4:20. Browns 42–34. Drive: 3 plays, 63 yards, 1:25.
  • OAK – Jared Cook 7-yard pass from Derek Carr (Derek Carr pass to Jordy Nelson), 0:30. Tied 42–42. Drive: 6 plays, 53 yards, 0:58.

Overtime

  • OAK – Matt McCrane 29-yard field goal, 1:46. Raiders 45–42. Drive: 11 plays, 70 yards, 3:41.

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The Browns took a 17–7 lead into halftime on the strength of Nick Chubb's first career touchdown run and Baker Mayfield's first career touchdown pass, although Mayfield also threw an interception that was returned for a Raiders touchdown. The Browns built up a 28–14 lead in the third quarter, but the Raiders then scored 20 straight points aided by two Mayfield fumbles and a 51-yard punt return which gave the Raiders short fields to work with. The Browns finally answered with touchdown runs by Carlos Hyde and Chubb to take a 42–34 lead in the fourth quarter. The Browns were unable to run the clock out and punted to the Raiders, giving them one last opportunity to tie the game. The Raiders scored a touchdown and game-tying two-point conversion with 0:30 left, to send the game into overtime. The Raiders won the game, 45–42 on a Matt McCrane field goal in the overtime period.

With the loss, the Browns fell to 1–2–1. Chubb was named NFL Rookie of the Week after his 105 yard, 2 touchdown performance.[28]

Week 5: vs. Baltimore RavensEdit

Week Five: Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 3 0 3 3 9
Browns 0 6 3 0 12

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

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First quarter

  • BAL – Justin Tucker 44-yard field goal, 8:37. Ravens 3–0. Drive: 4 plays, 7 yards, 0:56.

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • CLE – Greg Joseph 35-yard field goal, 7:29. Browns 9–3. Drive: 8 plays, 25 yards, 2:59.
  • BAL – Justin Tucker 25-yard field goal, 0:53. Browns 9–6. Drive: 13 plays, 68 yards, 6:36.

Fourth quarter

  • BAL – Justin Tucker 32-yard field goal, 0:52. Tied 9–9. Drive: 11 plays, 52 yards, 3:37.

Overtime

  • CLE – Greg Joseph 37-yard field goal, 0:02. Browns 12–9. Drive: 7 plays, 65 yards, 2:55.

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  • BAL – Baker Mayfield – 25/43, 342 yards, TD, INT
  • CLE – Joe Flacco – 29/56, 298 yards, INT

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Both offenses struggled to gain any rhythm during the game. The Ravens could only score nine points on three Justin Tucker field goals, while the Browns scored nine points on a Baker Mayfield touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins and a Greg Joseph field goal. Joseph, who missed an extra point, had an opportunity to win the game at the end of regulation, but missed a 55-yard field goal attempt. In overtime, both teams were held scoreless during their first two possessions. However, with 0:02 remaining, Joseph hit a 37-yard field goal to win the game.

With the win, the Browns improved to 2–2–1. The Browns ended an 18-game winless streak within the AFC North that dated back to the 2015 season. CB Denzel Ward, who recorded an interception and a blocked field goal, was named NFL Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.[29] It also marked the fourth time in five weeks a Browns player won the award. Ward was also named the AFC special teams player of the week.[30]

Week 6: vs. Los Angeles ChargersEdit

Week Six: Los Angeles Chargers at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 14 14 3 38
Browns 0 6 0 8 14

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

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First quarter

Second quarter

  • CLE – Greg Joseph 33-yard field goal, 12:47. Chargers 7–3. Drive: 7 plays, 18 yards, 2:13.
  • LAC – Tyrell Williams 45-yard pass from Philip Rivers (Michael Badgley kick), 6:34. Chargers 14–3. Drive: 2 plays, 89 yards, 1:12.
  • LAC – Tyrell Williams 29-yard pass from Philip Rivers (Michael Badgley kick), 0:51. Chargers 21–3. Drive: 6 plays, 77 yards, 1:22.
  • CLE – Greg Joseph 28-yard field goal, 0:00. Chargers 21–6. Drive: 8 plays, 59 yards, 0:51.

Third quarter

  • LAC – Melvin Gordon 10-yard run (Michael Badgley kick), 11:49. Chargers 28–6. Drive: 1 plays, 10 yards, 0:05.
  • LAC – Melvin Gordon 11-yard run (Michael Badgley kick), 3:12. Chargers 35–6. Drive: 11 plays, 81 yards, 7:10.

Fourth quarter

  • CLE – David Njoku 1-yard pass from Baker Mayfield (Baker Mayfield-Antonio Callaway pass), 12:26. Chargers 35–14. Drive: 7 plays, 42 yards, 1:50.
  • LAC – Michael Badgley 44-yard field goal, 4:15. Chargers 38–14. Drive: 5 plays, 9 yards, 2:37.

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  • LAC – Philip Rivers – 11/20, 207 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
  • CLE – Baker Mayfield – 22/46, 238 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT

Top rushers

  • LAC – Melvin Gordon – 18 carries, 132 yards, 3 TD
  • CLE – Duke Johnson – 2 carries, 36 yards

Top receivers

  • LAC – Keenan Allen – 4 receptions, 62 yards
  • CLE – David Njoku – 7 receptions, 55 yards, 1 TD

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The Chargers dominated the game. Chargers' quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 207 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception and running back Melvin Gordon added 132 rushing yards and three touchdowns. The Los Angeles defense sacked Browns' quarterback Baker Mayfield five times and had two interceptions. The Chargers defeated the Browns 38–14.

With the loss, the Browns fell to 2–3–1.

On October 19, the Browns traded RB Carlos Hyde to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round selection.[31]

Week 7: at Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Seven: Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 2 0 7 14 23
Buccaneers 3 13 7 0 26

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

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First quarter

Second quarter

  • TB – DeSean Jackson 14-yard run, (PAT failed), 15:00. Buccaneers 9–2. Drive: 6 plays, 55 yards, 1:44.
  • TB – Jameis Winston 14-yard run, (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 8:05. Buccaneers 16–2. Drive: 10 plays, 76 yards, 5:22.

Third quarter

  • CLE – David Njoku 15-yard pass from Baker Mayfield, (Greg Joseph kick), 13:08. Buccaneers 16–9. Drive: 3 plays, 26 yards, 1:22.
  • TB – Ronald Jones 2-yard run, (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 0:32. Buccaneers 23–9. Drive: 13 plays, 73 yards, 6:30.

Fourth quarter

  • CLE – Nick Chubb 1-yard run, (Greg Joseph kick), 12:25. Buccaneers 23–16. Drive: 7 plays, 51 yards, 3:11.
  • CLE – Jarvis Landry 16-yard pass from Baker Mayfield, (Greg Joseph kick), 2:36. Tied 23–23. Drive: 1 play, 16 yards, 0:08.

Overtime

  • TB – Chandler Catanzaro 59-yard field goal, 1:55. Buccaneers 26–23. Drive: 6 plays, 2 yards, 1:22.

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  • CLE – Baker Mayfield – 23/34, 215 yards, 2 TD
  • TB – Jameis Winston – 32/52, 365 yards, 2 INT

Top rushers

  • CLE – Nick Chubb – 18 carries, 80 yards, TD
  • TB – Jameis Winston – 10 carries, 55 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • CLE – Jarvis Landry – 10 receptions, 97 yards, TD
  • TB – Mike Evans – 7 receptions, 107 yards

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The Buccaneers opened a 16–2 lead in the second quarter on the a Jameis Winston touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson and a Winston touchdown run. The Browns answered early in the third quarter with a Baker Mayfield touchdown pass to David Njoku, but Tampa Bay answered on a Ronald Jones run near the end of the quarter. The Browns scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter on a Nick Chubb run and a Mayfield pass to Jarvis Landry to force overtime. In overtime, Buccaneers kicker Chandler Catanzaro, who had earlier missed an extra point and a 40-yard field goal attempt, hit a 59-yard field goal to win the game.

With the loss, the Browns fell to 2–4–1. Mayfield was named NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 7, marking his second such honor and the fifth time a Browns player was named Rookie of the Week this season.[32]

Week 8: at Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

Week Eight: Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 6 0 6 6 18
Steelers 0 14 9 10 33

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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First quarter

  • CLE – Greg Joseph 34-yard field goal, 9:15. Browns 3–0. Drive: 11 plays, 66 yards, 5:50.
  • CLE – Greg Joseph 45-yard field goal, 2:38. Browns 6–0. Drive: 6 plays, 29 yards, 2:20.

Second quarter

  • PIT – Antonio Brown 43-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Chris Boswell kick), 11:35. Steelers 7–6. Drive: 6 plays, 69 yards, 2:03.
  • PIT – Antonio Brown 1-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Chris Boswell kick), 0:10. Steelers 14–6. Drive: 16 plays, 87 yards, 7:12.

Third quarter

  • PIT – Penalty on Desmond Harrison assessed in CLE end zone for a safety, 8:13. Steelers 16–6.
  • CLE – Antonio Callaway 1-yard pass from Baker Mayfield (kick failed), 5:29. Steelers 16–12. Drive: 4 plays, 24 yards, 2:43.
  • PIT – James Conner 12-yard run (Chris Boswell kick), 2:49. Steelers 23–12. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 2:42.

Fourth quarter

  • PIT – Chris Boswell 42-yard field goal, 13:33. Steelers 26–12. Drive: 7 plays, 31 yards, 2:46.
  • PIT – James Conner 22-yard run (Chris Boswell kick), 2:10. Steelers 33–12. Drive: 10 plays, 65 yards, 5:37.
  • CLE – Seth DeValve 24-yard pass from Baker Mayfield (pass failed), 0:13. Steelers 33–18. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 1:58.

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The Browns traveled to Pittsburgh for a Week 8 battle with their AFC North rival Steelers. The Browns opened the scoring with a pair of Greg Joseph field goals, but the Steelers answered with two Ben Roethlisberger touchdown passes to Antonio Brown to take a 14–6 lead into halftime. The Browns gave up a safety on a holding penalty early in the third quarter to extend the Steelers' lead to 10, but Pittsburgh failed to secure the ensuing free kick, giving the Browns possession in Pittsburgh territory. The Browns capitalized on a Baker Mayfield touchdown pass to Antonio Callaway, cutting the lead to 16–12. The Steelers would then pull away with 17 straight points and come away with a 33–18 win.

With the loss, the Browns fell to 2–5–1. This marked the Browns' 15th consecutive loss in Pittsburgh.

On October 29, head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley were fired. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was named the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.[33] Freddie Kitchens was the interim offensive coordinator.

Week 9: vs. Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week Nine: Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 7 14 13 3 37
Browns 3 12 0 6 21

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

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First quarter

Second quarter

  • KC – Travis Kelce 11-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes (Harrison Butker kick), 13:30. Chiefs 14–3. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 4:15.
  • CLE – Nick Chubb 3-yard run (pass failed), 6:29. Chiefs 14–9. Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards, 7:01.
  • KC – Kareem Hunt 1-yard run (Harrison Butker kick), 2:24. Chiefs 21–9. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 4:05.
  • CLE – Duke Johnson 19-yard pass from Baker Mayfield (pass failed), 0:26. Chiefs 21–15. Drive: 9 plays, 79 yards, 1:58.

Third quarter

  • KC – Travis Kelce 13-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes (Harrison Butker kick), 10:03. Chiefs 28–15. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:57.
  • KC – Kareem Hunt 10-yard run (kick failed), 7:28. Chiefs 34–15. Drive: 2 plays, 21 yards, 0:35.

Fourth quarter

  • CLE – Duke Johnson 5-yard pass from Baker Mayfield (pass failed), 14:57. Chiefs 34–21. Drive: 15 plays, 75 yards, 7:31.

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  • KC – Patrick Mahomes – 23/32, 375 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
  • CLE – Baker Mayfield – 29/42, 297 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT

Top rushers

  • KC – Kareem Hunt – 17 carries, 91 yards, 2 TD
  • CLE – Nick Chubb – 22 carries, 85 yards, 1 TD

Top receivers

  • KC – Travis Kelce – 7 receptions, 99 yards, 2 TD
  • CLE – Duke Johnson – 9 receptions, 78 yards, 2 TD

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With the loss, the Browns fell to 2-6-1. Mayfield was named NFL Rookie of the Week for the third time this season.[32]

Week 10: vs. Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Ten: Atlanta Falcons at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 10 0 6 16
Browns 7 7 14 0 28

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

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First quarter

Second quarter

  • ATL – Giorgio Tavecchio 40-yard field goal, 12:18. Browns 7–3. Drive: 14 plays, 53 yards, 7:18.
  • ATL – Julio Jones 1-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Giorgio Tavecchio kick), 5:04. Falcons 10–7. Drive: 6 plays, 45 yards, 3:26.
  • CLE – Nick Chubb 13-yard pass from Baker Mayfield (Greg Joseph kick), 0:55. Browns 14–10. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 4:09.

Third quarter

  • CLE – Duke Johnson 11-yard pass from Baker Mayfield (Greg Joseph kick), 10:27. Browns 21–10. Drive: 6 plays, 41 yards, 3:00.
  • CLE – Nick Chubb 92-yard run (Greg Joseph kick), 8:45. Browns 28–10. Drive: 2 plays, 92 yards, 0:16.

Fourth quarter

  • ATL – Austin Hooper 3-yard pass from Matt Ryan (pass failed), 4:24. Browns 28–16. Drive: 13 plays, 69 yards, 4:03.

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The Browns opened the scoring with a Baker Mayfield touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins – the team's first touchdown scored in the first quarter of any game this season. However, the Falcons would score the next ten points before the Browns scored a touchdown on a Mayfield pass to Nick Chubb to take a 14–10 led into halftime. The Browns opened up their lead to 28–10 in the third quarter on a Mayfield pass to Duke Johnson and a Chubb run of 92 yards – the longest run in Browns' franchise history. Atlanta added a late fourth-quarter touchdown to make the final score 28–16.

With the win, the Browns went into their bye week at 3–6–1. Chubb was named the FedEx Ground Player of the Week and the NFL Rookie of the Week. This marked Chubb's second Rookie of the Week award and the team's seventh in 2018.

Week 12: at Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Week Twelve: Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 14 14 7 0 35
Bengals 0 7 7 6 20

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

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First quarter

Second quarter

  • CLE – David Njoku 6-yard pass from Baker Mayfield (Greg Joseph kick), 9:18. Browns 21–0. Drive: 12 plays, 96 yards, 5:47.
  • CLE – Nick Chubb 14-yard pass from Baker Mayfield (Greg Joseph kick), 2:25. Browns 28–0. Drive: 11 plays, 59 yards, 6:44.
  • CIN – John Ross 2-yard pass from Andy Dalton (Randy Bullock kick), 0:32. Browns 28–7. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 1:53.

Third quarter

  • CLE – Darren Fells 6-yard pass from Baker Mayfield (Greg Joseph kick), 12:56. Browns 35–7. Drive: 2 plays, 7 yards, 0:45.
  • CIN – Tyler Boyd 28-yard pass from Jeff Driskel (Randy Bullock kick), 4:56. Browns 35–14. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 5:39.

Fourth quarter

  • CIN – Jeff Driskel 2-yard rush (kick failed), 7:57. Browns 35–20. Drive: 14 plays, 94 yards, 6:54.

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  • CLE – Baker Mayfield – 19/26, 258 yards, 4 TD
  • CIN – Jeff Driskel – 17/29, 155 yards, 1 TD

Top rushers

  • CLE – Nick Chubb – 28 carries, 84 yards, 1 TD
  • CIN – Joe Mixon – 14 carries, 89 yards

Top receivers

  • CLE – David Njoku – 5 receptions, 63 yards, 1 TD
  • CIN – Tyler Boyd – 7 receptions, 85 yards, 1 TD

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The Browns raced to a 28–0 lead late in the second quarter. They scored touchdowns on their first four drives with a Nick Chubb run and Baker Mayfield passes to Antonio Callaway, David Njoku, and Chubb. The Bengals responded with an Andy Dalton touchdown pass to John Ross to close the Browns' lead to 28–7 at halftime. Mayfield threw a fourth touchdown pass, this one to Darren Fells, to extend the Browns' lead to 35–7. The Bengals would close the gap to 35–20 with a touchdown pass and run by backup quarterback Jeff Driskel, who filled in for an injured Dalton, but the Browns held on for the win.

With the win, the Browns improved to 4–6–1. The Browns won consecutive games for the first time since 2014, snapped a 7-game losing streak to the Bengals, and ended their 25-game losing streak in away games, one short of tying the 2007–10 Detroit Lions record of 26 straight away losses. This win also assured the Browns will not be swept by any of their division opponents in a season for the first time since returning to the NFL in 1999. Mayfield was named the NFL Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season.[34] Mayfield was also named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for November[34]

Week 13: at Houston TexansEdit

Week Thirteen: Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 0 7 6 13
Texans 10 13 3 3 29

at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,741
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Bruce Arians and Melanie Collins
  • Recap, Gamebook
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First quarter

  • HOU – Ka'imi Fairbairn 35-yard field goal, 8:12. Texans 3–0. Drive: 13 plays, 63 yards, 6:48.
  • HOU – Jordan Thomas 11-yard pass from Deshaun Watson (Ka'imi Fairbairn kick), 0:38. Texans 10–0. Drive: 10 plays, 82 yards, 5:38.

Second quarter

  • HOU – Zach Cunningham 38-yard interception return (Ka'imi Fairbairn kick), 7:36. Texans 17–0.
  • HOU – Ka'imi Fairbairn 42-yard field goal, 3:24. Texans 20–0. Drive: 7 plays, 27 yards, 3:13.
  • HOU – Ka'imi Fairbairn 48-yard field goal, 0:05. Texans 23–0. Drive: 10 plays, 50 yards, 1:39.

Third quarter

  • CLE – Nick Chubb 2-yard run (Greg Joseph kick), 9:42. Texans 23–7. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 5:21.
  • HOU – Ka'imi Fairbairn 53-yard field goal, 5:31. Texans 26–7. Drive: 9 plays, 40 yards, 4:13.

Fourth quarter

  • HOU – Ka'imi Fairbairn 38-yard field goal, 5:50. Texans 29–7. Drive: 8 plays, 44 yards, 3:59.
  • CLE – Rashard Higgins 17-yard pass from Baker Mayfield (pass failed), 2:58. Texans 29–13. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 2:48.

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The Texans built a 23–0 lead in the first half, on the strength of a Deshaun Watson touchdown pass, a Zach Cunningham interception return for a touchdown, and three field goals. The Browns got onto the scoreboard in the third quarter with a Nick Chubb touchdown run and added a Baker Mayfield touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins, but the Texans prevailed 29–13. Mayfield set a Browns rookie record with 398 passing yards, but was hurt by three interceptions.

With the loss, the Browns fell to 4–7–1.

Week 14: vs. Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Fourteen: Carolina Panthers at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 10 3 0 20
Browns 7 10 0 9 26

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

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First quarter

Second quarter

  • CAR – Christian McCaffrey 1-yard rush (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 14:13. Panthers 14–7. Drive: 5 plays, 17 yards, 2:18.
  • CLE – Jarvis Landry 51-yard pass from Baker Mayfield (Greg Joseph kick), 8:27. Tied 14–14. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 5:46.
  • CAR – Chandler Catanzaro 30-yard field goal, 4:03. Panthers 17–14. Drive: 8 plays, 70 yards, 4:24.
  • CLE – Greg Joseph 49-yard field goal, 0:59. Tied 17–17. Drive: 8 plays, 44 yards, 3:04.

Third quarter

  • CAR – Chandler Catanzaro 34-yard field goal, 7:11. Panthers 20–17. Drive: 10 plays, 38 yards, 4:26.

Fourth quarter

  • CLE – Nick Chubb 4-yard rush (kick failed), 13:05. Browns 23–20. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 3:31.
  • CLE – Greg Joseph 41-yard field goal, 8:46. Browns 26–20. Drive: 6 plays, 40 yards, 3:55.

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  • CAR – Cam Newton – 26/42, 265 yards, 1 INT
  • CLE – Baker Mayfield – 18/22, 238 yards, 1 TD

Top rushers

  • CAR – Christian McCaffrey – 16 carries, 63 yards, 2 TD
  • CLE – Nick Chubb – 13 carries, 66 yards, 1 TD

Top receivers

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The game went back and forth between the two teams. The Panthers scored two first-half touchdowns on Christian McCaffrey runs, while the Browns had two first half touchdowns on a Jarvis Landry run and a Landry catch. The teams exchanged field goals late in the second quarter to make the score 17–17 at halftime. After a Panthers field goal, Nick Chubb added a touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to take the lead for good, as the Browns would win, 26–20.

With the win, the Browns improved to 5–7–1 and secured their first winning record at home since the 2007 season. QB Baker Mayfield received his fifth NFL Rookie of the Week honor this season.

Week 15: at Denver BroncosEdit

Week Fifteen: Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 3 0 7 17
Broncos 7 3 3 3 16

at Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

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First quarter

Second quarter

  • DEN – Brandon McManus 44-yard field goal, 8:16. Broncos 10–7. Drive: 12 plays, 61 yards, 6:44.
  • CLE – Greg Joseph 40-yard field goal, 4:53. Tied 10-10. Drive: 9 plays, 53 yards, 3:23.

Third quarter

  • DEN – Brandon McManus 42-yard field goal, 1:41. Broncos 13–10. Drive: 8 plays, 36 yards, 4:08.

Fourth quarter

  • CLE – Antonio Callaway 2-yard pass from Baker Mayfield (Greg Joseph kick), 11:44. Browns 17–13. Drive: 6 plays, 48 yards, 2:57.
  • DEN – Brandon McManus 29-yard field goal, 4:35. Browns 17–16. Drive: 13 plays, 64 yards, 7:09.

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The Browns traveled to Denver for a Saturday night game against the Broncos. Assistant defensive coordinator Blake Williams, son of interim head coach Gregg Williams, got his first play-calling duties in this game.

With the win, the Browns improved to 6–7–1. The win ended an 11-game losing streak to the Broncos that dated back to 1990.

On the following day, the Steelers defeated the Patriots to improve to 8–5–1 and mathematically eliminated the Browns from AFC North title contention. This will be the Browns' 26th consecutive season without a division title, the longest active streak in the NFL.

On the following Saturday, the Tennessee Titans defeated the Washington Redskins to improve to 9–6 and thus mathematically eliminated the Browns from postseason contention for the 16th consecutive season.

Week 16: vs. Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Week Sixteen: Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 0 0 18 18
Browns 0 16 7 3 26

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: December 23
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Template:Convert/F, cloudy
  • Game attendance: 67,431
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Adam Archuleta
  • Recap, Gamebook
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First quarter

  • No scoring plays.

Second quarter

  • CLE – David Njoku 3-yard pass from Baker Mayfield (Greg Joseph kick), 10:20. Browns 7–0. Drive: 13 plays, 74 yards, 7:23.
  • CLE – Darren Fells 1-yard pass from Baker Mayfield (PAT failed), 7:33 Browns 13–0. Drive: 3 plays, 70 yards, 1:33.
  • CLE – Greg Joseph 37-yard field goal, 0:10 Browns 16–0. Drive: 10 plays, 61 yards, 4:45.

Third quarter

  • CLE – Rashard Higgins 17-yard pass from Baker Mayfield (Greg Joseph kick), 4:53 Browns 23–0. Drive: 9 plays, 87 yards, 4:58.

Fourth quarter

  • CIN – Randy Bullock 51-yard field goal, 14:55 Browns 23–3. Drive: 10 plays, 36 yards, 4:58.
  • CLE – Greg Joseph 31-yard field goal, 7:26 Browns 26–3. Drive: 14 plays, 62 yards, 7:29.
  • CIN – C. J. Uzomah 14-yard pass from Jeff Driskel (Randy Bullock kick), 4:56 Browns 26–10. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:30.
  • CIN – John Ross 3-yard pass from Jeff Driskel (Jeff Driskel pass to Cody Core), 2:56 Browns 26–18. Drive: 3 plays, 23 yards, 0:57.

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With the win, the Browns improved to 7–7–1 and finished with a 5–2–1 record at home. It was their first 3 game winning streak since the 2014 season. They swept the Bengals for the first time since the 2002 season. They also secured a winning record within the AFC North for the first time since the division was formed in 2002.

Week 17: at Baltimore RavensEdit

Week Seventeen: Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 0 7 10 24
Ravens 10 10 3 3 26

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

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First quarter

  • BAL – Justin Tucker 38-yard field goal, 9:27. Ravens 3–0. Drive: 9 plays, 41 yards, 3:27.
  • CLE – Breshad Perriman 28-yard pass from Baker Mayfield (Greg Joseph kick), 8:22. Browns 7–3. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:05.
  • BAL – Lamar Jackson 25-yard rush (Justin Tucker kick), 4:46. Ravens 10–7. Drive: 7 plays, 69 yards, 3:36.

Second quarter

  • BAL – Lamar Jackson 8-yard rush (Justin Tucker kick), 14:54. Ravens 17–7. Drive: 6 plays, 77 yards, 2:54.
  • BAL – Justin Tucker 35-yard field goal, 6:11. Ravens 20–7. Drive: 8 plays, 64 yards, 6:12.

Third quarter

  • CLE – Jarvis Landry 48-yard pass from Baker Mayfield (Greg Joseph kick), 12:27. Ravens 20–14. Drive: 1 plays, 48 yards, 0:08.
  • BAL – Justin Tucker 44-yard field goal, 7:02. Ravens 23–14. Drive: 12 plays, 49 yards, 5:25.

Fourth quarter

  • CLE – Greg Joseph 35-yard field goal, 13:45. Ravens 23–17. Drive: 9 plays, 60 yards, 4:08.
  • BAL – Justin Tucker 23-yard field goal, 7:20. Ravens 26–17. Drive: 12 plays, 78 yards, 6:25.
  • CLE – Antonio Callaway 1-yard pass from Baker Mayfield (Greg Joseph kick), 3:24. Ravens 26–24. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 3:56.

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  • CLE – Baker Mayfield – 23/42, 376 yards, 3 TD, 3 INT
  • BAL – Lamar Jackson – 14/24, 179 yards

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Top receivers

  • CLE – Jarvis Landry – 5 receptions, 102 yards, TD
  • BAL – Mark Andrews – 4 receptions, 54 yards

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With the loss, the Browns finished the season 7–8–1, marking their 11th consecutive losing season, which is a franchise record and the longest active streak in the NFL. The Browns finished 2–6 in away games. Baker Mayfield won his seventh Rookie of the Week award, and, along with Nick Chubb, became finalists for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

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ConferenceEdit

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2019 Pro BowlEdit

Four Browns players, G Joel Bitonio,[35] DE Myles Garrett,[36] WR Jarvis Landry,[37] and CB Denzel Ward,[36] were named to the AFC Roster for the 2019 Pro Bowl. Garrett was voted as a starter and Ward as a reserve. Bitonio and Landry were named as alternates and later named to the AFC roster to replace injured players. This marks Landry's fourth consecutive and fourth overall Pro Bowl appearance, and the first appearance for the three other players.

In addition, RB Nick Chubb and P Britton Colquitt were named second alternates and QB Baker Mayfield and G Kevin Zeitler were named fourth alternates at their respective positions.[36]

ReferencesEdit

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