Open the fridges, Cleveland: Browns beat the Jets, 21-17

Mae Harvey
September 21, 2018

Much has been made of the Victory Fridges that Bud Light installed throughout Cleveland, giving fans free booze if the clock hit zero and the Browns found themselves on top.

When you're facing a New York Jets team in a Thursday Night Football matchup that many are referring to as the "Toilet Bowl", going with a dark shade of brown to fill the majority of your uniform probably isn't the best choice. The player of the game was rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield. "It's everybody", Mayfield said after the victory, "We have to work each day to have success and that's just the way it goes".

"Cleveland deserves a win, but we are not done yet".

Down 14-0 the Browns brought in the former Heisman Trophy victor to try and salvage some pride for a team that was in the midst of the NFL's second longest winless streak since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.

The Jets rookie quarterback, Sam Darnold, who Clevleand passed on in the draft for Mayfield, had one last chance to win with 11 seconds left in regulation, but ended up throwing an interception.

After Taylor went down with a concussion in the first half, Mayfield came in to lead the Browns to a field goal.

Refrigerators around the city stocked with Bud Lights were finally unlocked, and there figured to be more than a few beverages consumed in the hours ahead.

Browns coach Hue Jackson got just his second win in 35 games since being hired by owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam, and this win will ease some of the pressure he's been feeling to get Cleveland turned around.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield celebrates a 1-yard touchdown by Cleveland Browns running back Carlos Hyde. In his one main drive of the half, he helped lead a two-minute drill to a field goal (Yes, the Browns made a field goal!). "I believe this was his coming out party".

Cleveland's plan was to have Mayfield watch and learn behind Taylor, but the injury could change things dramatically.

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