Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cleveland Browns

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Melvin Gordon rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Los Angeles Chargers past the Cleveland Browns.

1:02 | October 14, 2018 | Cleveland Browns, Football, Los Angeles Chargers, NFL

Game Information
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 67,431

CLEVELAND (AP) Ol' man Rivers keeps rolling along.

Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes to Tyrell Williams - and the 36-year-old quarterback even threw a block - and Melvin Gordon had three TD runs as the Los Angeles Chargers banged around Cleveland rookie Baker Mayfield and the Browns, 38-14 on Sunday.

Rivers continued one of the best starts of his 15-year career, leading the Chargers (4-2) to their third straight win. Rivers finished 11 of 20 for 207 yards and had only one mistake, an interception midway through the fourth quarter.

The Chargers did most of their damage on the ground with Gordon running for 132 yards and scoring on runs of 4, 10 and 11 yards. They had 246 yards rushing.

"There haven't been too many days where we've run for more than we've thrown," Rivers said with a laugh. "But I'll take them any time we can get them."

Rivers and Williams connected on scoring plays of 45 and 29 yards in the first half, and Gordon's 11-yard run put the Chargers up 35-6.

Mayfield's third start as a pro was a rough one. The No. 1 overall pick was sacked five times, tweaked his ankle when he slid on a sideline marker and threw two interceptions.

"We didn't execute," said Mayfield, who threw a TD pass to tight end David Njoku . "We didn't do our job. We weren't detailed. We didn't do the things that we talked about all week. That's the most disappointing thing. Any time you don't do your job - I'm at fault for the majority of that. I'm going to be very hard on myself but we have to be able to look at this and learn from it."

The Browns (2-3-1) were blown out after playing five tight games - three going to overtime - and showed there's still a long road ahead.

While young QBs like Mayfield, Carson Wentz and Patrick Mahomes may be the NFL's next wave, Rivers is showing that the old guys can still get the job done. He has thrown 15 TD passes with just three interceptions, and he did all he could to block Browns linebacker Jamie Collins to help Keenan Allen pick up a first down despite the Chargers leading 28-6.

"I'm not real comfortable out there," Rivers said. "But I stayed in front and did not get a holding, so that's a positive."

The Chargers weren't surprised by Rivers' effort.

"That's Phil," said Williams, who had three catches for 118 yards. "He's competitive and he's going to stick his nose in there if he gets an opportunity. I'm not surprised at all."

Los Angeles caught a break on Rivers' second TD pass to Williams.

Left tackle Russell Okung clearly dropped back before the ball was snapped. Browns defensive end Myles Garrett stopped, assuming the play would be whistled, and several other players paused while Rivers lofted his scoring pass to Williams.

Williams' first TD catch was more spectacular. Leaping with three Browns defenders around him, he wrestled the ball way from Browns safety Damarious Randall to give the Chargers a 14-3 lead.

OWNER HONORED

Following the game, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn presented a game ball to the family of Alex Spanos, the Chargers owner who died earlier this week. Spanos, who was 95, bought the team in 1984.

JUST FOR KICKS

Lynn was relieved the Chargers' kicking woes did not come into play.

"We made all our damn kicks - all the extra points, all the field goals, so that's an improvement," he said.

Rookie Michael Badgley replaced injured starter Caleb Sturgis and made one field goal and all five extra-points in his pro debut after being signed on Thursday.

Sturgis, who has been dealing with a quadriceps injury, missed a field goal and PAT last week. He also missed two extra points in L.A.'s previous game, and the Chargers came in leading the league with four missed PATs.

BROWNS BLASTED

Cleveland's first five games were decided by four points or less, but Randall wasn't concerned about the lopsided loss.

"Every team goes through a game like that," he said. "I'm honestly glad it happened early in the season for us, where we have time to correct what happened."

THOMAS TRIBUTE

The Browns honored future Hall of Fame tackle Joe Thomas by adding 10,363 - the number of consecutive snaps he played over 11 seasons - to the club's ring of honor. Thomas retired following last season, which came to a premature end for him when he tore his triceps. He grudgingly retired in March.

"I love being in the locker room and the paychecks were really good - but my body just couldn't do it anymore," said Thomas, who wore an orange Mayfield jersey. "If it weren't for that, I would be out there today."

INJURIES

Chargers: DE Christopher Landrum was shaken up in the fourth quarter.

Browns: LB Joe Schobert (hamstring) left in the third quarter, and LB James Burgess (hamstring) went out in the fourth. ... WR Rod Streater suffered a neck "stinger" while covering a punt in the first quarter and did not return.

UP NEXT

Chargers: Play Tennessee in London on Oct. 21.

Browns: Visit Tampa Bay on Oct. 21

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Chargers Browns
10:14 Melvin Gordon III 4 yd run (Michael Badgley kick) 7 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Chargers Browns
12:47 Greg Joseph 33 yd FG 7 3
06:34 Tyrell Williams 45 yd pass from Philip Rivers (Michael Badgley kick) 14 3
00:51 Tyrell Williams 29 yd pass from Philip Rivers (Michael Badgley kick) 21 3
00:00 Greg Joseph 28 yd FG 21 6

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Chargers Browns
11:49 Melvin Gordon III 10 yd run (Michael Badgley kick) 28 6
03:12 Melvin Gordon III 11 yd run (Michael Badgley kick) 35 6

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Chargers Browns
12:26 David Njoku 1 yd pass from Baker Mayfield (Antonio Callaway 2pt Pass from Baker Mayfield) 35 14
04:15 Michael Badgley 44 yd FG 38 14

Team Stats
  Los Angeles Cleveland
1st Downs 24 18
Total Yards 449 317
Passing 203 214
Passing Completions/Attempts 12-21 22-46
Yards/Pass 9.2 4.2
Rushing 246 103
Rushing Attempts 36 21
Yards/Rush 6.8 4.9
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 2
Possession 31:37 28:23

Los Angeles Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Philip Rivers 11 20 207 10.3 2 1
Geno Smith 1 1 8 8.0 0 0

Cleveland Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Baker Mayfield 22 46 238 5.2 1 2

Los Angeles Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Melvin Gordon III 18 132 7.3 3 16
Austin Ekeler 7 60 8.6 0 20
Keenan Allen 4 41 10.2 0 20
Mike Williams 1 10 10.0 0 10
Justin Jackson 3 4 1.3 0 4
Tyrell Williams 1 1 1.0 0 1
Geno Smith 2 -2 -1.0 0 -1

Cleveland Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Duke Johnson Jr. 2 36 18.0 0 23
Carlos Hyde 14 34 2.4 0 9
Nick Chubb 3 25 8.3 0 19
Baker Mayfield 2 8 4.0 0 6

Los Angeles Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Tyrell Williams 3 118 39.3 2 45
Keenan Allen 4 62 15.5 0 20
Melvin Gordon III 2 18 9.0 0 14
Justin Jackson 1 8 8.0 0 8
Antonio Gates 1 5 5.0 0 5
Mike Williams 1 4 4.0 0 4

Cleveland Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Damion Ratley 6 82 13.7 0 27
Duke Johnson Jr. 4 73 18.2 0 32
David Njoku 7 55 7.9 1 22
Jarvis Landry 2 11 5.5 0 7
Antonio Callaway 2 9 4.5 0 9
Orson Charles 1 8 8.0 0 8

Los Angeles Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jahleel Addae 7 2 0 0
Derwin James Jr. 4 1 0.5 1
Trevor Williams 4 0 0 0
Rayshawn Jenkins 3 2 0.5 3
Michael Davis 3 0 0 0
Corey Liuget 2 1 1.5 9
Damion Square 2 1 1.5 5
Casey Hayward Jr. 2 1 0 0
Desmond King II 2 0 0 0
Denzel Perryman 2 6 0 0
Adrian Phillips 2 0 0 0
Isaac Rochell 1 1 1 5
Uchenna Nwosu 1 0 0 0
Darius Philon 1 0 0 0
Geremy Davis 0 0 0 0
Nick Dzubnar 0 0 0 0
Austin Ekeler 0 0 0 0
Kyle Emanuel 0 0 0 0
Melvin Ingram III 0 1 0 0
Justin Jackson 0 0 0 0
Brandon Mebane 0 4 0 0
Mike Williams 0 0 0 0

Cleveland Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Damarious Randall 8 0 0 0
Jamie Collins Sr. 5 1 0 0
Larry Ogunjobi 3 1 0.5 6
Emmanuel Ogbah 3 0 0 0
Jabrill Peppers 3 1 0 0
Denzel Ward 3 0 0 0
Joe Schobert 2 1 0.5 6
T.J. Carrie 2 0 0 0
Trevon Coley 2 0 0 0
E.J. Gaines 2 0 0 0
James Burgess 1 0 0 0
Derrick Kindred 1 1 0 0
Brian Price 1 1 0 0
Briean Boddy-Calhoun 0 0 0 0
Seth DeValve 0 0 0 0
Myles Garrett 0 1 0 0
Desmond Harrison 0 0 0 0
Dontrell Hilliard 0 0 0 0
D'Juan Hines 0 0 0 0
Christian Kirksey 0 1 0 0
David Njoku 0 0 0 0

Los Angeles Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Desmond King II 2 33 0

Cleveland Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Christian Kirksey 1 4 0

Los Angeles Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Desmond King II 1 27 27.0 0 27
Derwin James Jr. 1 20 20.0 0 20

Cleveland Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jabrill Peppers 3 71 23.7 0 27
Dontrell Hilliard 1 31 31.0 0 31
Antonio Callaway 1 18 18.0 0 18

Los Angeles Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Desmond King II 2 36 18.0 0 32
Keenan Allen 1 0 0.0 0 0

Cleveland Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jabrill Peppers 4 51 12.8 0 33

Los Angeles Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Michael Badgley 1 1 100.0 44

Cleveland Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Greg Joseph 2 2 100.0 33

Los Angeles Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Donnie Jones 5 208 47

Cleveland Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Britton Colquitt 6 242 54