Baker Mayfield, Browns Earn 1st Road Victory in 1,141 Days with Win vs. Bengals

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Baker Mayfield, Browns Earn 1st Road Victory in 1,141 Days with Win vs. Bengals
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield reacts in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

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The Cleveland Browns snapped their three-year winless drought on the road with Sunday’s 35-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals

Baker Mayfield powered the Browns offense with 258 yards and four touchdowns through the air. Cleveland’s defense also forced two turnovers.

Damarious Randall delivered the first turnover when he intercepted an Andy Dalton pass in the second quarter. Randall capped off the play by handing the ball to former Browns head coach Hue Jackson, who recently joined Cincinnati’s staff.

After the game, Jackson approached Mayfield at midfield and the two shook hands.

Some couldn’t help but notice how the rookie gave a somewhat chilly reception to his old coach.

The result had to feel cathartic for Browns fans.

The Bengals, once the poster team for organizational dysfunction and on-field mediocrity, had won the previous seven head-to-head meetings. Not only did Cleveland beat Cincinnati, but it did so while mercilessly mocking Jackson in the process.

Since returning to the NFL in 1999, the Browns have cycled through numerous false dawns. Each coaching change and front-office reshuffle brought hope the franchise was finally headed in the right direction, only for the same problems to carry over to a new regime.

Now, however, Cleveland finally appears to be on the right track. Mayfield is a true franchise quarterback, and general manager John Dorsey has $81.3 million to spend this offseason to continue building around the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner.

The Browns’ AFC North rivals better have their fun now because Cleveland won’t be the division’s doormat for much longer.

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