Mac Jones and the Patriots offense dominated the Browns on Sunday afternoon in New England, totaling over 400 yards and 30 first downs while converting 7 of 9 third downs in the Patriots 45-7 victory. Jones, the Patriots first-round pick, scored three touchdowns for the first time in his career. He amassed 199 yards and no interceptions in the rout, moving the Pats to 6-4. They have now won four straight games and five of their last six.
Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson scored two goals, a career first. He finished the day with 99 yards and two touchdowns. New England entered the break with a 24-7 halftime lead and didn’t give in in the second half, scoring another 20 points to drop the Browns to 5-5. The Patriots totaled 452 yards of attack and an average of 7.3 yards per play, needing only a punt once the entire game. Hunter Henry caught two of Jones’ three TD assists.
It was already a tough day for Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who only managed 11 of 21 for 73 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Mayfield left the game against the Patriots with a knee injury in the third quarter and did not return. Mayfield limped on his own after taking a hit from Patriots LB Matt Judon. Cleveland’s offense was stuck in neutral all afternoon: the Browns scored 1 for 10 on the third down and allowed five sacks. Backup Case Keenum came on for Mayfield in the third quarter.
With the game almost over, backup quarterback Brian Hoyer came in for Jones and threw a late touchdown at Jakobi Meyers, the first of WR’s third-year career. He dove into the end zone to complete the catch and run, and the entire sideline came out to celebrate at Gillette Stadium.
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