Browns Defeat Bengals 35-30 in Thursday Night Shootout

Browns' QB Baker Mayfield in 2018. Photo by Gregory Vasil/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

After getting crushed by the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1, the Cleveland Browns finally got their offense going against the Cincinnati Bengals, earning a 35-30 win on Thursday night.

The motor that served as the catalyst for Cleveland’s offensive surge was their dynamic duo of running backs. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt provided a spark, taking the pressure off quarterback Baker Mayfield and propelling the Browns to their first win of the season.

Mayfield looked comfortable after looking anything but against the Ravens, throwing two touchdown passes against the Bengals.

Chubb ran for two touchdowns and a total of 124 yards. Hunt rushed for 86 with one rushing touchdown and added a TD catch as well.

On the other sideline, all eyes were on Cincinnati rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, the No. 1 pick of the 2019 NFL draft. Burrows showed incredible poise, stepping back to throw 61 times, getting sacked three times, but still throwing for three touchdowns and a total 316 yards.

The Browns also finally got a productive game out of superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who hasn’t looked dominant in Cleveland like he did at the start of his career with the New York Giants. Beckham had four receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown.