New England has won its second straight game, defeating the Cleveland Browns, 21-10, at Gillette Stadium.
It was the second straight win for the Patriots (5-0) and the third straight victory for the Browns (4-3).
The Patriots led 24-0 at halftime before quarterback Tom Brady threw an interception in the final minute of the first half.
The Browns scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive, with quarterback Isaiah Crowell throwing a touchdown pass to tight end David Njoku and running back Duke Johnson catching a pass from Njomo.
“We knew that we had to play at a high level,” Browns head coach Hue Jackson said.
“And we got there, and we took care of business.”
The win ended a three-game losing streak for the Cleveland franchise.
Browns rookie running back Isaiah Crowson (22 carries, 75 yards) also caught a touchdown catch.
In the end, the Browns played with a lot of heart, despite a rough first half by quarterback Cody Kessler.
Kessler completed 11 of 25 passes for 142 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.
Despite being out-scored in the first quarter, the defense held Cleveland to just 10 points in the second quarter, forcing three fourth-quarter turnovers.
For Browns head coach Mike Pettine, this win was a positive sign.
Pettine said after the game that he wasn’t concerned about Kessler throwing a third interception, which he later did.
He also pointed to the team’s play calling and said he wasn’t concerned about the way they handled the first drive, which included a late fumble by Browns linebacker Joe Haden.
Haden was penalized for a false start and was not penalized again.
But Pettine said that he had no complaints about the play call.
There was also no controversy over Kessler’s third interception.
Sidney Rice, who had just two catches for 28 yards, had one of his three catches for 26 yards.
Cleveland was out-gained 438-253 and the Browns went just 4 for 19 on third down.
Jackson said he was pleased with how the defense responded to the game plan and the way it was executed.
While the Browns offense wasn’t as effective as it could have been, Jackson said he didn’t expect the Browns to blow it, which was what they did.
The Browns won for the second time in as many games, and are now 9-1.
[Associated Press] This article was posted: Tuesday, November 07, 2020 06:11:13