The Browns came into Sunday without a win, and will walk out of it the same way. Despite a valiant effort against a surging Chargers team, the Browns fell in Los Angeles 19-10. The game was highlighted by the return of Browns’ star receiver Josh Gordon, who hadn’t seen the field since the 2014 season while under suspension. The loss drops the Browns to 1-27 in the Hue Jackson era, and offered little relief to a fan base longing for some signs of hope.
This one was a back forth contest right off the bat. The Browns fell behind 6-0 after two Charger field goals. The Browns then answered as DeShone Kizer hit David Njoku on a 28 yard touchdown strike to make the score 7-6 late in the second quarter. The Chargers would tack on a late Travis Koons field goal before half to push the score to 9-7.
The second half saw the Browns control the field offensively again, marching down the field multiple times, only to see their opportunities end in field goals or turnovers. The Charges found pay dirt early in the third quarter as Rivers connected with Keenan Allen from seven yards out to make it 16-7 in favor of the home team. The teams would exchange field goals, and the Browns last effort chances both ended in turnovers as Kizer fumbled first, then followed with an interception to end the game late.
The Chargers out-gained the Browns 429 yards to 291 yards and had 23 first downs to the Browns 17. Kizer struggled for the most part, missing several key opportunities in the downfield passing game that could have helped the Browns find their first win. He finished 15 of 32 for 215 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and one fumble lost. Rivers led the Chargers going 31 of 43 for 344 yards and a touchdown. The Chargers controlled the time of possession with 34:57 to the Browns 25:03.
Browns Top Performers
Josh Gordon: 4 catches, 85 yards
David Njoku: 4 catches, 74 yards, 1 touchdown
Joe Schobert: 12 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL
Myles Garret: 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 QB Hits
Kizer to Njoku 28 yard touchdown
Kizer to Njoku for 33 yards
Kizer to Gordon for 39 yards
On to the next one
The Browns host the 6-6 Green Bay Packers next week. The game is slated for a 1pm start at First Energy Stadium.