CLEVELAND, Ohio – Quarterback Baker Mayfield lost 297 yards and two touchdowns to the Kansas City Chiefs 29/2 for 297 yards on Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium on Kansas City Chiefs. Mayfield was once intercepted and released twice. Tyrod Taylor quickly replaced a two-sided Mayfield and went 1-1 for eleven meters.
Rough start: This was Gregg Williams 'first game as Browns' coach after Hue Jackson was fired earlier in the week.
Williams, who serves as a defensive coordinator, watched as the Chiefs (8-1) accumulated 499 yards (8.6 yards) per game. All Kansas City touchdowns were scored by RB Kareem Hunt (three) from northeast Ohio and TE Travis Kelce (two).
Oh by the way: The Browns (2-6-1) have lost four in a row – three by 15 points.
Mayfield's day: Rookie Mayfield, who was under attacking coordination with Freddie Kitchens for the first time, did well. He seemed to feel better and played better than in his previous three games.
CBS sports analysts Trent Green and Bruce Arians liked what they had seen from Mayfield.
It was not Mayfield's fault that the Chiefs' crimes were played with the Browns or that a Browns punt was blocked. The failures of Cleveland's defense, which was exhausted, of course, forced Mayfield and the offense to play uphill for most of the minutes.
Kitchens obviously tried to get more out of Mayfield and wanted him to be less dependent on the deep ball. The results were mixed. At least Kitchens and Mayfield dusted Duke Johnson Jr. in the passing game.
Although the performance was a building block, Mayfield missed a few throws by a wide margin. And he made a bad decision / pass that became a catch when the Browns drove late in the fourth quarter. The game did not cost the Browns the game – they would lose regardless of the score – but it can not be overlooked.
Final grade: B-
Bit by bit: Here is a breakdown of the Browns dropbacks after the DVR review of the CBS Sports broadcast: