The AFC West Kansas City Chiefs (7-1), led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, met the AFC North Cleveland Browns (2-5-1), led by quarterback Baker Mayfield, in a Week 9 NFL football game on Sunday, November 4, 2018 (11/4/18) at Paul Brown Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Here’s the AP recap:
CLEVELAND (AP) — Patrick Mahomes passed for 375 yards, threw three touchdown passes — two to Travis Kelce — and continued the best start by an NFL quarterback in 68 years as Kansas City’s impossible-to-handle offense kept rolling with a 37-21 win on Sunday over the Cleveland Browns, who played their first game since coach Hue Jackson’s firing.
Kareem Hunt had two scoring runs and one receiving for the Chiefs (8-1), who came in averaging 36.3 points per game with an offense overloaded with weapons for Mahomes.
The 23-year-old used all of them in winning his first pro matchup against Baker Mayfield and the Browns (2-6-1).
Mahomes and Mayfield didn’t match their epic college meeting in 2016, when they combined for more than 1,700 yards in offense. But the Chiefs put on another impressive offensive show with 499 total yards, averaging 8.6 per snap.
In his second season, Mahomes, who made just one start as a rookie, already has 29 TD passes and 3,185 yards, the most by any QB through 10 games since 1950. He has passed for at least 300 yards in eight straight games.
Cleveland lost its fourth straight, but it looked better under interim coach Gregg Williams than it did with Jackson, fired on Monday after going 3-36-1 in two-plus seasons.
Mayfield threw two TD passes to Duke Johnson and finished 29 of 42 for 297 yards with one interception.
The Browns came in facing a monumental task in trying to slow Mahomes and an offense with speed, depth and no noticeable weaknesses.
Things got much tougher for Cleveland when starting cornerback Damarious Randall (groin) was scratched and E.J. Gaines (concussion) and rookie Denzel Ward (hip) both got hurt in the first half.
Kansas City scored a touchdown on its first three possessions and the Chiefs only had the ball for 11:29 in the first half as the Browns were able to control the clock.
The Chiefs picked up where they left off in the third quarter with Mahomes firing a 13-yard TD pass to Kelce, giving Kansas City a 28-15 lead.
Hunt then scored on a 10-yard run, two plays after Kansas City’s Damien Williams blocked a punt.
Mahomes’ 11-yard TD pass to Kelce early in the second quarter gave the Chiefs a 14-3 lead, and with their offense firing on all cylinders, it appeared they might be on their way to an easy win.
But the Browns responded with a 75-yard drive capped by Nick Chubb’s 3-yard TD run. Williams, who showed early on he was going to take risks by going for it on fourth down, went for 2 but the conversion failed. Cleveland didn’t convert three times on 2-point tries.
MAYFIELD HEAD SHOT
Mayfield was checked for a concussion and cleared after a questionable hit late in the third quarter.
Mayfield was backpedaling and being wrapped up by Chris Jones when the rookie QB was struck in the helmet by Chiefs defensive back Ron Parker, who came in late but was not penalized. The NFL’s on-site medical spotter called down and Mayfield had to leave the game to be checked for a head injury.
The Chiefs won the coin toss for the ninth consecutive week and elected to defer.
A Cleveland native, Hunt bought more than 100 tickets for the game and had them given to the players and coaches at his high school alma mater.
Browns rookie left tackle Desmond Harrison sat out with an unspecified illness and was replaced by Greg Robinson, a former No. 2 overall pick who made his first start.
Chiefs: Host Arizona on Nov. 11
Browns: Host Atlanta on Nov. 11.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: NFL, Week 9
When: Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018
Where: Paul Brown Stadium
Time: 1 p.m. Eastern
Livestream: fuboTV, CBS Sports Live
Line: Chiefs -8.5 (Over/under: 51)
Chiefs notes: QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 303 yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 125 rating last week. Is 4th QB in NFL history with 4+ TD passes in 3 consecutive games. Is 1 of 3 different QBs in NFL history with 25+ TD passes (26) in his team’s 1st 8 games of season. Has completed 89 of 136 (65.4 pct.) for 1,238 yards (309.5 per game) with 15 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 125.2 rating in past 4 on road. Has 110+ rating in 3 of his past 4 on road. Leads NFL with 2,526 pass yards & 26 TD passes & ranks 4th with 115.3 rating. * RB KAREEM HUNT had TD catch last week. Has 681 scrimmage yards (136.2 per game) & 7 TDs (4 rec., 3 rush) in his past 5. Has 489 scrimmage yards (122.3 per game) with 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in his past 4 on road. Aims for 8th in row with TD. Ranks 4th in NFL with 592 rush yards. * WR TYREEK HILL has 897 rec. yards (112.1 per game) & 10 TD catches in his past 8 on road. Ties for 2nd in NFL with 7 TD catches. TE TRAVIS KELCE had 79 rec. yards & TD last week. Had 6 catches & rec. TD in last meeting. Has 5 TD catches in his past 5 on road. WR SAMMY WATKINS had 8 catches for 107 yards & 2 TDs last week. * LB DEE FORD had 3 sacks & 2 FFs last week. Has 7 sacks in his past 6. Has sack in 2 of his past 4 on road. LB ANTHONY HITCHENS has 12+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 on road. Had 6 tackles & .5 sack in his last game vs. Cle. (11/6/16 with Dal.). DT CHRIS JONES has 4 sacks in his past 4. LB JUSTIN HOUSTON had sack & TFL in his last meeting (10/27/13).
Browns notes: QB BAKER MAYFIELD (rookie) threw 2 TD passes last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 6th in row with 20+ completions. Has 580 pass yards (290 per game) in 2 career home starts. * RB NICK CHUBB (rookie) rushed for 65 yards last week. Has 145 rush yards (72.5 per game) & rush TD in his past 2. RB DUKE JOHNSON, JR. has 151 scrimmage yards (75.5 per game) in his past 2 at home. Since 2015, leads all NFL RBs with 1,944 rec. yards & ranks 3rd with 208 catches. * WR JARVIS LANDRY has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 4 at home. TE DAVID NJOKU aims for his 3rd in row at home with 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3. Rookie WR ANTONIO CALLAWAY & TE SETH DE VALVE each had TD catch last week. * DE MYLES GARRETT had sack in Week 8. Has 4.5 sacks, 3 TFL, 3 PD & 2 FFs in his past 4 at home. LB JOE SCHOBERT has 27 tackles, 6 PD, 2 FRs & FF in his past 4 at home. LB JAMIE COLLINS, SR. led team with 11 tackles & had FF last week. Had 7 tackles in his last game vs. KC (9/29/14 with NE). LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY has 10+ tackles in 5 of his past 8 at home. Rookie CB DENZEL WARD had 7 tackles, TFL, FR & PD last week. Ties for lead among NFL rookies with 3 INTs & ranks 1st with 9 PD. CB DERRICK KINDRED had 5 tackles, FF & INT last week. DT LARRY OGUNJOBI is 1 of 7 NFL DTs in 2018 with 4+ sacks (4) & 6+ TFL (6). — NFL Communications
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