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Browns, Chargers trade touchdowns, Cleveland leads 10-7

Chris Simms and Mike Florio debate whether the Chargers can keep up their hot streak at home against the surging Browns.

The Browns and Chargers are two teams with strong defenses. But at least early on in Week Five, they might be engaged in a shootout.

After the Browns scored on their first drive with a field goal, Los Angeles responded with a 10-play, 85-yard drive to take a 7-3 lead. The Chargers faced only one third down on the possession, which they converted with an illegal contact penalty.

Quarterback Justin Herbert threw his 10th touchdown pass of the season with a short pass to tight end Donald Parham going 22 yards down the right side for the score.

But Cleveland put together a nice response drive, going 72 yards in eight plays for its first touchdown of the day. After a self-described “piss-poor performance” last week, quarterback Baker Mayfield hit receiver Rashad Higgins for a 7-yard touchdown to cap the possession.

Mayfield has started the game 5-of-5 passing for 81 yards with that touchdown.

The Chargers kept the Browns on the field with a defensive pass interference penalty on third-and-10 at the L.A. 17. Though Joey Bosa was also flagged for roughing the passer, Cleveland declined that penalty to get the field position from the pass interference.