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 MASSACHUSETTS – FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – The Patriots are in the victory column for the fourth week in a row. New England defeated the Cleveland Browns 45-7 to improve to 6-4 on the season. The Browns were the ones who could strike first, driving 84 yards on an 11-yard touchdown drive to take a 7-0 lead. But it was all New England after that. On their opening possession, the Patriots responded instantly with a 15-play touchdown that launched a 45-0 run.


On Cleveland’s second drive of the game, Kyle Dugger was able to leap off a Baker Mayfield pass and return it deep into Browns territory, where the Patriots scrambled for another score to go up 14-7. The Browns would pitch that defeat and punt twice before heading to the locker room at halftime, while the Patriots would score on each of their first two drives and establish a 24-7 lead. They proceeded to pour it on in the second half, scoring 21 more points and escaping with victory.

Before giving the ball to Brian Hoyer midway through the fourth quarter, Mac Jones completed 19 of his 23 throws for 198 yards and three touchdowns. This was the first time in his brief career that the youngster threw three touchdown passes in a single game. Two of those touchdowns came as a result of his growing rapport with Hunter Henry, who caught all four of Jones’ targets for a total of 37 yards. Rhamondre Stevenson ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns in place of the injured Damien Harris (concussion). Meanwhile, Mayfield ended with 73 yards, a touchdown, and an interception after leaving the game in the second half due to a knee injury.

Why did the Patriots come out on top?

The Patriot’s offense couldn’t have had a better start to the game than they did on Sunday. Jones and his teammates went on a 24-point losing streak before halftime, scoring on each of their first-half possessions. In the first two quarters, New England was likewise 6 of 7 on third down (7 of 9 for the game). The offense was able to add three scoring units that traveled more than 90 yards because of this important down ability. Meanwhile, despite conceding an early touchdown, the defense held the Browns in check for the majority of the afternoon, shutting them out for the remaining three quarters. New England also used complementary football, as seen by Dugger’s interception in the first quarter, which was followed by Stevenson’s rushing touchdown.

patriots live score
Patriots live score

Why did the Browns fall short?

After the Browns were able to score on their opening possession, it appeared like we might have a competitive game on our hands. Cleveland, on the other hand, was deafeningly quiet after that first series and was shut out for the last three quarters. The Browns struggled to score points in part because of their dismal third-down performance, converting only one of their 11 opportunities. The defense had no answer for what the Patriots were bringing to the table offensively as the offense battled to stack plays and move across the field. They gave up 452 total yards (7.3 yards per play) and six total touchdowns. Even if the offense is getting its stride, allowing that type of performance will not win you many football games.

Point of return

Mayfield dropped back to throw on a third and seven try from his own 32-yard line on Cleveland’s second drive of the game. He was under pressure down the middle and launched a pass into heavy traffic on the right side of the field. Dugger was able to make the interception by jumping off the shallow pitch. On Stevenson’s short run, he returned it 37 yards to the Cleveland 5-yard line, allowing the Patriots to score right after (the first of three on the day). That interception broke a 7-7 tie and aided in the continuation of a 24-0 run to conclude the first half, basically putting the game out of reach as both teams headed into intermission.


The Patriots’ third scoring series of the day was likely their best. Jones and company would construct a 99-yard touchdown march after starting at their own 1-yard line, resulting in what is perhaps Jones’s most remarkable pitch of the season. Jones dropped back and threw a 23-yard strike down the middle to Kendrick Bourne, who leaped and beat two defenders to grab the ball on a 5-second attempt from Cleveland’s 23rd. Jones was 3 of 4 for 61 yards and the score on that series, giving New England a two-touchdown lead.

The Next Steps

The Patriots will have a fast turnaround after that, as they travel to Atlanta to play the Falcons in a “Thursday Night Football” matchup to kick off Week 11. The Browns will return to Cleveland in the meantime to await the arrival of the Lions.

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