Scrutinized Browns stars Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr. start Week 2 game off hot

Both players had mediocre Week 1 performances

Cleveland Browns stars Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. were under scrutiny heading into their Week 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.

For a brief moment, all the criticism was quieted when quarterback Mayfield found receiver Beckham for a long touchdown pass in the second quarter.

Cleveland ultimately beat its division rival, 35-30.

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On that second quarter play, Mayfield took the snap and faked a handoff, then rolled to his left and fired the ball down to Beckham -- who gained separation on a double move against the Cincinnati cornerback.

The result: a 43-yard touchdown pass from Mayfield to Beckham to put Cleveland up 14-3 after the extra point.

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Mayfield, Beckham and the Browns had been criticized heading into the game. Cleveland was blown out 38-6 against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1.

The third-year quarterback from Oklahoma had a touchdown pass and 189 passing yards in the game but also had an interception. He was sacked twice. He completed 21-of-39 passes.

Beckham had only three catches for 22 yards on 10 targets.

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Getting started early was key for the Browns. Mayfield started the game completing his first five passes. The Browns got an early score on an 11-yard Nick Chubb touchdown run.

Both teams were winless heading into the game.