The Browns and Chargers are two teams with strong defenses. But at least early on in Week Five, they might be engaged in a shootout.
After the Browns scored on their first drive with a field goal, Los Angeles responded with a 10-play, 85-yard drive to take a 7-3 lead. The Chargers faced only one third down on the possession, which they converted with an illegal contact penalty.
But Cleveland put together a nice response drive, going 72 yards in eight plays for its first touchdown of the day. After a self-described “piss-poor performance” last week, quarterback Baker Mayfield hit receiver Rashad Higgins for a 7-yard touchdown to cap the possession.
Mayfield has started the game 5-of-5 passing for 81 yards with that touchdown.
The Chargers kept the Browns on the field with a defensive pass interference penalty on third-and-10 at the L.A. 17. Though Joey Bosa was also flagged for roughing the passer, Cleveland declined that penalty to get the field position from the pass interference.