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The Patriots and Browns entered Sunday’s action with the same 5-4 record.
There’s still 30 minutes left in the contest, but New England has looked like a much better team through the first two quarters.
Cleveland’s defense has provided little resistance as the Patriots lead the Browns 24-7 at halftime.
Pretty much everything the Patriots have tried against the Browns has worked, particularly on third down. New England was 6-of-7 in the category during the first half, and converted another with a defensive pass interference penalty. Only Isaiah Wynn‘s illegal use of hands foul late in the first half put the club behind the chains, leading to the team settling for a 38-yard field goal.
Quarterback Mac Jones is also playing arguably the best game of his young career, starting the contest 13-of-15 passing for 134 yards with two touchdowns.
Running back Rhamondre Stevenson has also excelled, taking 14 carries for 78 yards with a 5-yard touchdown in the first half. Kendrick Bourne also has a pair of carries for 26 yards with Damien Harris out with a concussion.
On the other side, Mayfield has looked shaky at best in the early going of the contest. Though he threw a 2-yard touchdown to finish the club’s opening drive, Mayfield hasn’t done much since. He finished the first half 6-of-14 passing for 36 yards with a touchdown and an interception. That pick led to Stevenson’s 5-yard touchdown.
The Patriots will have the ball first to start the second half.