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  • 05 June 2019
    so bad for so long that it is

    understandable that the rest of the NFL would circle any game against the Browns
    as an easy win.Now that the Browns have actually reached a point where they are
    no longer the league’s punching
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    people are getting a bit concerned. And the fact that they are doing it with
    Baker Mayfield, a rookie quarterback who works hard but refuses to play by the
    conventional rules, has clearly put some people off their feed. Mayfield has
    done everything asked of him and everything he promised on draft night. He has
    re-ignited a fan base that has been desperate for something to cheer for after
    the last 20 years of ineptitude. He helped keep the team focused in the wake of
    the Hue Jackson disaster. And he has brought a level of excitement and
    anticipation to the field that has been missing for far too long.Most
    importantly, Mayfield has done it the only way he knows how — his way. He puts
    in the work during the week, and when that work pays off on Sundays he is not
    shy about celebrating. Which is why it is hard to understand when people have a
    problem with Mayfield. The good part — outside of the fact that Mayfield plays
    for the Browns - is that he is not going to change his approach for anyone.
    Mayfield hit the subject head on when asked about it on Wednesday, according to made it to the NFL because of his talent, but also
    because he worked his butt off and played the game the only way he knew how.
    That is paying off for the Browns, and to quote Mayfield himself, “that is what
    really matters.”The rest of the NFL is just going to have to learn to deal with
    it, because with Mayfield running the offense, the days of the Browns being an
    easy win on the schedule appear to finally be over. CLEVELAND (AP) — Ol’ man
    Rivers keeps rolling along.Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes to Tyrell
    Williams — and the 36-year-old quarterback even threw a block — and Melvin
    Gordon had three TD runs as the Los Angeles Chargers banged around Cleveland
    rookie Baker Mayfield and the Browns, 38-14 on Sunday.Rivers continued one of
    the best starts of his 15-year career, leading the Chargers (4-2) to their third
    straight win. Rivers finished 11 of 20 for 207 yards and had only one
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    , an interception midway through the fourth quarter.The Chargers
    did most of their damage on the ground with Gordon running for 132 yards and
    scoring on runs of 4, 10 and 11 yards. They had 246 yards rushing.“There haven’t
    been too many days where we’ve run for more than we’ve thrown,” Rivers said with
    a laugh. “But I’ll take them any time we can get them.”Rivers and Williams
    connected on scoring plays of 45 and 29 yards in the first half, and Gordon’s
    11-yard run put the Chargers up 35-6.Mayfield’s third start as a pro was a rough
    one. The No. 1 overall pick was sacked five times, tweaked his ankle when he
    slid on a sideline marker and threw two interceptions.“We didn’t execute,” said
    Mayfield, who threw a TD pass to tight end David Njoku . “We didn’t do our job.
    We weren’t detailed. We didn’t do the things that we talked about all week.
    That’s the most disappointing thing. Any time you don’t do your job — I’m at
    fault for the majority of that. I’m going to be very hard on myself but we have
    to be able to look at this and learn from it.”The Browns (2-3-1) were blown out
    after playing five tight games — three going to overtime — and showed there’s
    still a long road ahead.While young QBs like Mayfield, Carson Wentz and Patrick
    Mahomes may be the NFL’s next wave, Rivers is showing that the old guys can
    still get the job done. He has thrown 15 TD passes with just three
    interceptions, and he did all he could to block Browns linebacker Jamie Collins
    to help Keenan Allen pick up a first down despite the Chargers leading 28-6.“I’m
    not real comfortable out there,” Rivers said. “But I stayed in front and did not
    get a holding, so that’s a positive.”The Chargers weren’t surprised by Rivers’
    effort.“That’s Phil,” said
    Williams Jamie Collins
    , who had three catches for 118 yards. “He’s competitive and he’s
    going to stick his nose in there if he gets an opportunity. I’m not surprised at
    all.”Los Angeles caught a break on Rivers’ second TD pass to Williams.Left
    tackle Russell Okung clearly dropped back before the ball was snapped. Browns
    defensive end Myles Garrett stopped, assuming the play would be whistled, and
    several other players paused while Rivers lofted his scoring pass to
    Williams.Williams’ first TD catch was more spectacular. Leaping with three
    Browns defenders around him, he wrestled the ball way from Browns safety
    Damarious Randall to give the Chargers a 14-3 lead.OWNER HONOREDFollowing the
    game, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn presented a game ball to the family of Alex
    Spanos, the Chargers owner who died earlier this week. Spanos, who was 95,
    bought the team in 1984.JUST FOR KICKSLynn was relieved the Chargers’ kicking
    woes did not come into play.“We made all our damn kicks — all the extra points,
    all the field goals, so that’s an improvement,” he said.Rookie Michael Badgley
    replaced injured starter Caleb Sturgis and made one field goal and all five
    extra-points in his pro debut after being signed on Thursday.Sturgis, who has
    been dealing with a quadriceps injury, missed a field goal and PAT last week. He
    also missed two extra points in L.A.’s previous
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    , and the Chargers came in leading the league
    with four missed PATs.BROWNS BLASTEDCleveland’s first five games were decided by
    four points or less, but Randall wasn’t concerned about the lopsided loss.“Every
    team goes through a game like that,” he said. “I’m honestly glad it happened
    early in the season for us, where we have time to correct what happened.”THOMAS
    TRIBUTEThe Browns honored future Hall of Fame tackle Joe Thomas by adding 10,363
    — the number of consecutive snaps he played over 11 seasons — to the club’s ring
    of honor. Thomas retired following last season, which came to a premature end
    for him when he tore his triceps. He grudgingly retired in March.“I love being
    in the locker room and the paychecks were really good — but my body just
    couldn’t do it anymore,” said Thomas, who wore an orange Mayfield jersey. “If it
    weren’t for that, I would be out there today.”INJURIESChargers: DE Christopher
    Landrum was shaken up in the fourth quarter.Browns: LB Joe Schobert (hamstring)
    left in the third quarter, and LB James Burgess (hamstring) went out in the
    fourth. … WR Rod Streater suffered a neck “stinger” while covering a punt in the
    first quarter and did not return.UP NEXTChargers: Play Tennessee in London on
    Oct. 21.Browns: Visit Tampa Bay on Oct. 21__