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FFL: Week 8 | NFL: Week 8

Goff throws 2 TDs passes, Rams hold off Browns 20-13

Sun Sep 22 11:50pm ET
By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer

Players: Greg Zuerlein, Demetrius Harris, Cooper Kupp, Jared Goff, Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Damion Ratley

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. stands for the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens watches during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)


Cleveland Browns strong safety Eric Murray (22) breaks up a pass to Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks (12) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp scores a 6-yard touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)


Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp scores a 6-yard touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)


Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (18) catches an 11-yard touchdown pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)


Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) breaks up a pass to Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)


CLEVELAND (AP) Cooper Kupp's comeback is complete. The Rams have another weapon.

The shifty wide receiver caught two touchdown passes from Jared Goff and Los Angeles stopped Baker Mayfield four times from the 4-yard line in the final minute as the Rams hung on for a 20-13 win on Sunday night over the short-handed Cleveland Browns, who were missing their entire starting secondary.

The Rams (3-0) remained unbeaten - and perfect against AFC teams in the regular season under coach Sean McVay - by barely holding back the Browns (1-2).

On the Browns' final drive, Mayfield, who was under pressure most of the night, tried to force a pass to receiver Damion Ratley on fourth down. Safety John Johnson III picked him off.

Kupp underwent surgery on his left knee and missed the final six games last season, as well as the Rams' run to the Super Bowl. But he's back, giving Goff an additional target and McVay more firepower to work with. McVay is 9-0 against the AFC, with his only loss coming against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

Kupp finished with a career-high 11 receptions for 102 yards.

Greg Zuerlein kicked two field goals for the Rams.

The Browns showed they can hang with one of the NFL's elite teams. However, their star-studded offense remains out of sync, Cleveland had too many penalties and first-year coach Freddie Kitchens made a questionable decision on fourth down in the fourth quarter.

Mayfield threw one TD pass but isn't playing with the same confidence he showed as a rookie. He finished 18 of 36 for 195 yards and was sacked three times - twice in a three-play span in the fourth by Rams star Aaron Donald (his first this season) and Clay Matthews III, who had two sacks.

Goff's second TD pass to Kupp gave the Rams a 17-13 lead with 12:48 left. After a false start penalty moved the Rams back to the 6, Goff hit Kupp streaking across the end zone virtually uncovered.

The Browns marched to the Rams 40 and stalled. But instead of punting on fourth-and-9, Kitchens went for it and Nick Chubb was stopped for 2 yards.

Cleveland caught a break when safety Juston Burris intercepted Goff with 2:46 left. Mayfield completed a 27-yard pass on third-and-15 and drove to the Rams' 4, but he threw four straifght incompletions as the comeback came up short.

The Browns came in battered and bruised. They were missing eight starters, including their entire defensive secondary and it was such a desperate situation that Burris, who was claimed Friday off waivers from Oakland, started and played the entire game.

The Rams wasted no time in the third quarter, taking the second-half kickoff and driving 75 yards in 10 plays to take a 10-6 lead on Goff's 11-yard pass to Kupp.

On third-and-goal, Goff waited for Kupp to get some separation before hitting him on the left side of the end zone.

The Browns responded with their own, 11-play scoring drive that Mayfield capped with a 2-yard TD pass to tight end Demetrius Harris. It was the first touchdown pass allowed by the Rams this season.

MATTHEWS HONORED

Clay Matthews, a steady and popular linebacker for 16 seasons with the Browns, was inducted into the team's ring of honor at halftime. Matthews was a four-time Pro Bowler, played in 278 games and had 76.5 sacks. He's a semifinalist this year for the third time to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

His son, Clay, who is in his first season with the Rams, emerged from the locker room at the end of the ceremony and hugged his dad.

UP NEXT

Rams: host Tampa Bay next Sunday. The Rams have won the last five matchups between the teams.

Browns: visit Baltimore on Sunday. AFC North rivals split their two games last season.

Player Notes
Datone Jones Oct 22 8:33am ET

Free-agent DT Datone Jones (Jaguars) is visiting the Jacksonville Jaguars Tuesday, Oct. 22.

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Benjamin Watson Oct 22 3:10am ET

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Damien Harris Oct 22 3:10am ET

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James White Oct 22 3:00am ET

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Julian Edelman Oct 22 3:00am ET

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Jakobi Meyers Oct 22 3:00am ET

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Tom Brady Oct 22 2:50am ET

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Sony Michel Oct 22 2:50am ET

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Demaryius Thomas Oct 22 12:43am ET

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Fantasy Spin: Thomas was the best of the lot in the pass game, but that's not saying much. He remains nothing more than a WR5 in fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams heading into Week 8 in Jacksonville.

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Jamison Crowder Oct 22 12:43am ET

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Fantasy Spin: Crowder remains a solid fantasy option in PPR leagues of 12 or more teams, but his yardage totals continue to be rather marginal. The Jets travel to meet the Jaguars in Week 8.

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Robby Anderson Oct 22 12:43am ET

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Fantasy Spin: There was so much hope for Anderson after his big performance against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6, but he and the Jets pass offense was unable to carry over the momentum. They'll look to rebound in Week 8 at Jacksonville.

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New York Jets Oct 22 12:40am ET

The New York Jets Defense was dominated by the Patriots in a 33-0 loss to the Patriots Monday night. The Jets allowed a 16-play touchdown drive to open the game and things went downhill from there as Tom Brady and the Patriots did anything they wanted in the game. Brady had clean pockets to throw out of all night as the Jets didn't record a sack and running back Sony Michel scored three touchdowns. The lone bright spot for the Jets defense was an interception by Trumaine Johnson on a tipped ball, but overall it was a night to forget for New York. The Jets will try and bounce back next week at Jacksonville but are nothing more than a low end streaming defense in the deepest of leagues.

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Le'Veon Bell Oct 22 12:30am ET

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Kyle Van Noy Oct 22 12:23am ET

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Darryl Roberts Oct 22 12:23am ET

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Sam Darnold Oct 22 12:23am ET

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Fantasy Spin: Darnold and the Jets upended the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6, entering MNF with a ton of promise. But they proved they weren't quite ready for primetime. It's back to the drawing board heading into Week 8 on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Benjamin Watson Oct 22 12:13am ET

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Fantasy Spin: Watson was re-signed by the team this week and he knows the system. While he is a bit long in the tooth, he could help out fantasy owners in deeper leagues at a position that is a wasteland for fantasy purposes behind the top handful of studs. The Patriots host one of Watson's former teams, the Browns, in Week 8.

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