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Arizona 37, Cleveland 14
When: 4:05 PM ET, Sunday, October 17, 2021
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
Temperature: 58°
Head Official: Carl Cheffers
Attendance: 67431

The Arizona Cardinals remained the lone unbeaten team in the NFL by rolling past the host Cleveland Browns 37-14 on Sunday.

Kyler Murray completed 20 of 30 passes for 229 yards and four touchdowns, and DeAndre Hopkins hauled in a pair of scores as the Cardinals (6-0) cruised despite the absence of head coach Kliff Kingsbury (COVID-19 protocols). It was the Cardinals' fifth straight win against the Browns (3-3).

Cleveland, which dropped its second straight, entered the game reeling from injuries and got more bad news throughout.

The Browns played without lead running back Nick Chubb and starting tackles Jack Conklin and Jedrick Wills Jr. During the game, quarterback Baker Mayfield (shoulder), wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (shoulder) and running back Kareem Hunt (calf) all sustained injuries. Hunt did not return after his injury early in the fourth quarter.

Mayfield finished 19 of 28 for 234 yards and two touchdowns, but had three turnovers -- two fumbles and an interception -- and sat out the final five minutes. Donovan Peoples-Jones had four catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

The Browns had rushed for 150 or more yards in each of their first five games, but were held to 73 rushing yards on 19 carries. Cleveland finished with nine penalties for 88 yards and gave up five sacks.

Mayfield lost his second fumble of the day and J.J. Watt picked up his first sack of the year on the same play in the third quarter. The Cardinals cashed in the turnover with Murray's 9-yard touchdown to Hopkins for a 30-14 lead.

Cleveland tried to answer, but a fourth-down pass from the Arizona 7-yard line was dropped by Beckham with 12:06 remaining.

Murray threw his fourth TD with 4:48 left on a 14-yard strike to A.J. Green.

The Cardinals dominated the first half and scored on each of their five possessions, but settled for a modest 23-14 lead at the break. Murray found Christian Kirk with a 21-yard touchdown pass to cap the first series, then dropped in a 13-yard score to Hopkins for a 14-0 lead with 14:49 left in the half.

Mayfield's first sack-fumble and his interception to Arizona's Robert Alford resulted in Matt Prater field goals of 36 and 51 yards for a 20-0 Cardinal lead with 9:24 left.

Mayfield got Cleveland on the board with an 11-yard touchdown to Peoples-Jones, while Arizona added a third Prater field goal, from 33 yards out with 43 seconds left.

But Cleveland ended the half with Mayfield's 57-yard Hail Mary that People-Jones hauled in to cut the margin to 23-14 at the break.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Arizona   Cleveland
James Conner Player Kareem Hunt
16 Attempts 14
71 Yards 66
4.4 Avg Yards 4.7
0 Touchdowns 0
16 Long 17
Arizona   Cleveland
A.J. Green Player Donovan Peoples-Jones
5 Receptions 4
79 Yards 101
15.8 Avg Yards 25.2
1 Touchdowns 2
34 Long 57
Team Stats Summary
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Arizona 352 144 208 4 3 1 5.0 2
Cleveland 290 73 217 2 0 0 2.0 0
Upcoming Games
  • Cleveland will play their next game at home against Denver. The Browns have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Arizona will play their next game at home against Houston. The Cardinals have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.