FOXBORO, Mass. -- Beating the New England Patriots is hard enough without committing any turnovers, and the Cleveland Browns made their challenge Sunday far more difficult by coughing up the ball three times in the first quarter alone.
The Browns fumbled on their second and third drives, and on the fourth drive quarterback Baker Mayfield threw an interception on a poorly executed shovel pass intended for wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Patriots defensive tackle Lawrence Guy burst through the line of scrimmage and was able to corral the ball between two opponents for his first career interception.
"Guy made a good play," Mayfield admitted after his team's 27-13 loss at Gillette Stadium. "Not expecting him to be there, obviously. A little misdirection, just pitching it to Jarvis. I'd like to say that I'd be able to hold on to it, but it's a quick exchange that we've practiced, and Guy made a good play."
Landry had few words to describe his side of the exchange.
"Honestly, I really don't know what happened," Landry said. "I came to get the shovel pass and saw a flash of color and Guy made a play."
The Patriots led 10-0 at the time of the interception, and it only took two plays for them to make the Browns pay as Tom Brady connected with Julian Edelman for an 8-yard touchdown pass. This score put Cleveland down 17-0 in the first quarter, and the hole was too deep for Mayfield and the Browns to climb out of.
"They're going to take advantage of stuff like that," Mayfield said. "That's just the kind of team they are. They're in the right place at the right time. They're a sound defense, they play with each other, and they capitalize on mistakes."
The Patriots entered Week 8 leading all teams with 22 turnovers, including a league-high 18 interceptions. Mayfield came into Sunday having thrown more interceptions than any quarterback in the league. The Browns had to protect the football to have any chance of handing the Patriots their first loss of the season, and Cleveland failed mightily in accomplishing that goal.
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