LOS ANGELES: Baker Mayfield quieted his critics and Odell Beckham delivered the knockout blow as the Cleveland Browns earned their first win of the season with a 23-3 rout of the banged-up New York Jets.
Quarterback Mayfield completed 19 of 35 passes for 325 yards, including an 89-yard strike to Beckham in the third quarter that put the National Football League game out of reach.
Beckham, who has been attracting more attention for his game-day accessory choices than his play on the field, ran unimpeded for the longest touchdown of his career.
“I was just praying I was going to make it. I had to kick it into overdrive,” said Beckham, who also had a spectacular one-handed grab in the first quarter. “I have lost enough games… To win is a good feeling.”
Mayfield needed a victory on the NFL’s Monday night stage at the MetLife Stadium to erase memories of the Browns’ 30-point week one loss to the Tennessee Titans at home.
The Jets were ailing heading into the contest with starting quarterback Sam Darnold out indefinitely with mono. Linebacker C.J. Mosley (groin) and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (ankle) are also sidelined.
The laundry list of injuries grew Monday with backup quarterback Trevor Siemian going down with a nasty ankle injury and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was unable to finish the game due to a hamstring injury.
Beckham, who was dealt to the Browns from the Giants five months ago, finished with six catches for 161 yards in front of the crowd of 78,500.
He was forced to leave the game briefly after officials told him he couldn’t wear a tinted visor.
Beckham had just six touchdowns last year, a far cry from his career-best 13 with the Giants in 2015.