CARSON, Calif. (AP) – Casey Hayward spent the week away from the Los Angeles Chargers after his brother was killed in an automobile accident Monday night. The cornerback star thought of staying with his family in Georgia and omitting the Chargers game against Cleveland.

Instead, he returned in time to join his other family in search of another victory in the remarkable resurgence of the Chargers.

"I" am better when I'm out here, "Hayward said." I'm better when I'm on the field. "

Philip Rivers went for 344 yards and hit Keenan Allen for a touchdown, and the emerging Chargers were tied for first in the AFC West with their third straight straight victory, 19-10 over the Browns without victories on Sunday.

Hayward had three tackles and two pbades defended despite losing most of the week. to Southern California just in time for a training session at the Browns (0-12) and catcher Josh Gordon, who had four catches for 85 yards in his first game since 2014.

The Chargers (6-6) ) have won six of eight after a 0-4 start, and Hayward has played a major role in the resurgence – he was the AFC Defensive Player of the Month in November, racked up three interceptions, while Los Angeles returned to the career of the playoffs.

"If you had told us that when we started with a 0-4 record, we would be where we were. Now, people would say you're crazy, "Hayward said." I think we're going in the right direction. We can win this quarter of the season and be in the playoffs. We have the chance to make some noise. "

Hayward was still processing a week of extreme emotions when he hit the StubHub Center field, but his coaches and teammates thought he handled it superbly.

" From what I saw from the side, Casey competed, "said Chargers coach Anthony Lynn." He wanted to play and be here with his teammates, and I thought he helped us … I think it was good for him to be in the game, because He does not have to think about his brother and those feelings. I thought he was there having fun with his teammates. "

Hayward and the rest of the Chargers did not celebrate much, although the victory pushed them to an unlikely turnout in the first.

Allen had 10 receptions to 105 yards in his third major straight game for the Chargers, which have equaled Oakland and knocked Kansas City to the top of the division with four games to play.

"Nobody shuddered," Lynn said. 4, we still had a lot of football left, and that's how we've always seen it. Being in this position does not surprise me at all, because the boys have worked hard and are committed to the process. They never stopped believing. "


After his 30th loss in 31 games, the Browns have only four games to avoid becoming the fifth winless team in NFL history and only the second in a 16-game season.

"We're very close to getting where we want to go, but I can definitely feel in this locker room that it's not getting cut anymore," said DeShone Kizer, who pbaded for 215 yards. hill. "

Cleveland fell to 1-27 under coach Hue Jackson, who broke John McKay's NFL record for the slowest start of a franchise coaching phase. since December 13, 2015 it was a 20-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Christmas Eve last season.

This was particularly frustrating because the Browns played pretty well on the road, where they have lost 18 consecutive games since Oct. udder 2015. After kicking a field goal for a nine-point deficit early in the fourth quarter, Cleveland made two solid drives in the Chargers' territory, but both ended in turnovers by Kizer. His loose ball in a sack of Joey Bosa was recovered by Denzel Perryman, and then he threw an interception to Adrian Phillips.

"We've had several games that are like that, but we do not." Jackson said. "You never win until you win."


Travis Coons, the Browns' kicker in 2015, made four field goals in his debut with the Chargers. Cleveland cut Coons before last season, and he had not got another NFL roster until he replaced Nick Novak in Los Angeles just in time to hurt the Browns. Coons 'first 38-yard attempt broke in the Chargers' opening lane, but it did not fail again.


Allen made three receptions in the Chargers' only touchdown, and his 7-TD of the yard gave him four points in three games. The fifth-year pro became the first player in NFL history with at least 10 receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown in three consecutive games. He surpbaded 1,000 yards for the first time since his rookie season in 2013.


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