Browns-Rams live updates: All tied up after a sluggish start in Cleveland
September 22 at 9:30 PM The Cleveland Browns played their second straight nationally televised night game when they host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night on NBC. Follow along here for live updates.
In-game updates2nd Quarter
Rams miss FG: The Rams are not taking advantage of the Browns' injury-depleted secondary, and they failed to take the lead when kicker Greg Zuerlein missed a 48-yard field goal attempt wide right. (Rams 3, Browns 3 with 4:08 left in the 2nd quarter)
McVay's challenge fails: Rams Coach Sean McVay tried an instant replay challenge, seeking a defensive pass interference call on the Browns following a third-down incompletion from Jared Goff to Brandin Cooks. It failed, as the non-call on the field stood, and the Rams have only one replay challenge for the remainder of the game. Perhaps it was a tiny measure of karma. It was the Rams, remember, who benefited from the pass interference non-call in the NFC title game in New Orleans that led to interference being reviewable by replay this season. (Rams 3, Browns 3 with 9:43 left in the 2nd quarter)
Browns drawn even: Cleveland got things moving on offense with an up-tempo approach that featured quarterback Baker Mayfield getting rid of the ball quickly and throwing shorter passes. That seemed to nullify the Rams' pass rush. The Browns reached the L.A. 5-yard line but had to settle for a 23-yard field goal by kicker Austin Seibert. (Rams 3, Browns 3 with 11:41 left in the 2nd quarter)
Rams take an early lead: Both offenses have had a tough time getting started. But the Rams have the lead on a long-distance field goal by kicker Greg Zuerlein, from 53 yards. (Rams 3, Browns 0 with 4:06 left in the 1st quarter)
Good start for Cleveland defense: The Browns are missing five injured starters on defense, including all four members of their usual starting secondary. But Cleveland got off to a good start on defense by forcing a Rams' punt. That came after the Browns also punted on the game's opening possession. (Rams 0, Browns 0 with 10:33 left in the 1st quarter)
Rams at Browns
When: Sunday at 8:20 p.m. Eastern
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland
The Cleveland Browns, suddenly, are a staple of prime-time TV. They play their second straight nationally televised night game when they host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night on NBC.
The Browns won Monday night against the New York Jets in the Meadowlands after opening the season with a lopsided loss at home to the Tennessee Titans. The triumph over the Jets signaled that the Browns hype could recommence after they were the darlings of the NFL's offseason and a popular preseason pick to win the AFC North, thanks in large part to their trade with the New York Giants for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham was at his electrifying best against the Jets, with a career-long 89-yard touchdown catch and run as part of a six-catch, 161-yard performance. There was, of course, the usual Beckham drama. He was ordered off the field by the officials early in the game to have an illegally tinted face shield removed from his helmet. Beckham, naturally, didn't take that well, later complaining that he was being unfairly singled out for enforcement while other players are allowed to wear tinted helmet visors.[The Scottish Hammer: How Jamie Gillan went from Scotland to an HBCU to Browns rookie standout]
The Browns probably will need Beckham, quarterback Baker Mayfield and their offense to be highly productive in this game to keep pace with the unbeaten Rams, the defending NFC champs. Cleveland might have issues on defense because of injury problems in its secondary. The Browns will have to rely on the pass-rushing prowess of Myles Garrett, the NFL's sack leader through Week 2, with five. Garrett must add some discipline to his game, however. He had two first-half roughing-the-passer penalties against the Jets, one of which caused a season-ending ankle injury for quarterback Trevor Siemian.
The Rams seek a 3-0 start as they try to rebound from their Super Bowl defeat to the New England Patriots. They could use a sharper outing by quarterback Jared Goff, who has a passer rating of 87.2 through two games. That's down from last season's 101.1. It also will be interesting to see what kind of workload the Rams give to running back Todd Gurley. He has a relatively modest 30 carries through two games after entering the season amid questions about his past knee issues.
It could be a showcase night for Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Garrett is said to have his sights set on being named the NFL's defensive player of the year. To do that, he'd have to unseat Donald, who has won the last two awards and might be eager to reassert his superiority during a game in which the two will be on the same field.More NFL coverage: Antonio Brown says he's done with NFL, blasts Robert Kraft and Ben Roethlisberger In a pivotal season, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden has ramped up the intensity Patriots' relationship with Antonio Brown unraveled as his off-field behavior took disturbing turn
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