Cooper Kupp’s comeback is whole. The Rams have some other weapon.
The shifty large receiver stuck two landing passes from Jared Goff and Los Angeles stopped Baker Mayfield 4 occasions from the Four-yard line within the ultimate minute because the Rams held on for a 20-13 win on Sunday evening over the short-handed Cleveland Browns, who have been lacking their whole beginning secondary.
The Rams (Three-Zero) remained unbeaten — and absolute best towards AFC groups within the common season underneath trainer Sean McVay — by means of slightly conserving again the Browns (1-2).
At the Browns’ ultimate force, Mayfield, who was once underneath power many of the evening, attempted to pressure a cross to receiver Damion Ratley on fourth down. Protection John Johnson III picked him off.
Kupp underwent surgical operation on his left knee and ignored the overall six video games final season, in addition to the Rams’ run to the Tremendous Bowl. However he is again, giving Goff an extra goal and McVay extra firepower to paintings with. McVay is Nine-Zero towards the AFC, along with his handiest loss coming towards the New England Patriots in Tremendous Bowl LII.
Kupp completed with a career-high 11 receptions for 102 yards.
Greg Zuerlein kicked two box targets for the Rams.
The Browns confirmed they are able to dangle with one of the crucial NFL’s elite groups. Then again, their star-studded offense stays out of sync, Cleveland had too many consequences and first-year trainer Freddie Kitchens made a questionable choice on fourth down within the fourth quarter.
Mayfield threw one TD cross however is not taking part in with the similar self belief he confirmed as a rookie. He completed 18 of 36 for 195 yards and was once sacked 3 times — two times in a three-play span within the fourth by means of Rams celebrity Aaron Donald (his first this season) and Clay Matthews III, who had two sacks.
Goff’s moment TD cross to Kupp gave the Rams a 17-13 lead with 12:48 left. After a false get started penalty moved the Rams again to the 6, Goff hit Kupp streaking around the finish zone just about exposed.
The Browns marched to the Rams 40 and stalled. However as an alternative of punting on fourth-and-Nine, Kitchens went for it and Nick Chubb was once stopped for two yards.
Cleveland stuck a destroy when protection Juston Burris intercepted Goff with 2:46 left. Mayfield finished a 27-yard cross on third-and-15 and drove to the Rams’ Four, however he threw 4 straifght incompletions because the comeback got here up brief.
The Browns got here in battered and bruised. They have been lacking 8 starters, together with their whole defensive secondary and it was once the sort of determined scenario that Burris, who was once claimed Friday off waivers from Oakland, began and performed all the recreation.
The Rams wasted no time within the 1/3 quarter, taking the second-half kickoff and using 75 yards in 10 performs to take a 10-6 lead on Goff’s 11-yard cross to Kupp.
On third-and-goal, Goff waited for Kupp to get some separation prior to hitting him at the left aspect of the top zone.
The Browns replied with their very own, 11-play scoring force that Mayfield capped with a 2-yard TD cross to tight finish Demetrius Harris. It was once the primary landing cross allowed by means of the Rams this season.
Clay Matthews, a gentle and common linebacker for 16 seasons with the Browns, was once inducted into the group’s ring of honor at halftime. Matthews was once a four-time Professional Bowler, performed in 278 video games and had 76.five sacks. He is a semifinalist this 12 months for the 1/3 time to be enshrined into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Popularity.
His son, Clay, who’s in his first season with the Rams, emerged from the locker room on the finish of the rite and hugged his dad.
Rams: host Tampa Bay subsequent Sunday. The Rams have gained the final 5 matchups between the groups.
Browns: seek advice from Baltimore on Sunday. AFC North competitors break up their two video games final season.
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