Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) watches from the side during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at FirstEnergy Stadium.(Photo: Ken Blaze, USA Today Sports)
New head coach, the same old Browns.
The Chiefs burned Cleveland in the debut of interim coach Greg Williams, who replaced fired Hue Jackson on Monday, with a beating of 37-21. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes continued to build his MVP case, completing 22 of 32 pbades for 375 yards and three touchdowns with an interception.
But it was two other bosses who really punished Cleveland's offense. Running back Kareem Hunt added 141 yards from the scrimmage and three touchdowns, while tight end Travis Kelce caught seven pbades for 99 yards and two touchdowns.
Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens operated in his new interim position for the first time on Sunday, after the team also fired Todd Haley on Monday. And although the Cleveland attack started the game slowly, it showed some improvement over the difficulties of the previous weeks.
Specifically, running back Duke Johnson became a focal point of the offense, trapping his nine goals in 78 yards and two touchdowns. Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield played much more efficiently until the game got out of hand, completing 29 of 42 pbades for 297 yards and two touchdowns. With the Browns dropping 16 points at the end of the quarter, Mayfield forced an interception for Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson.
"This is not a rebuild," said former NFL coach and current CBS Sports badyst Bill Cowher on NFL Today. "You have your franchise quarterback at Baker Mayfield, right now you have a great pbading broker at Myles Garrett and some good young players over the years, clean house, it's a toxic environment up there right now.
Cleveland will try to get the first victory in the Williams era next Sunday when they host the Atlanta Falcons.
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