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NFL Week 1 Game Recap: Cleveland Browns 26, Carolina Panthers 24

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers safety Marquise Blair (27) runs for a touchdown as Carolina Panthers cornerback CJ Henderson (24) and safety Xavier Woods (25) defend in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Jacoby Brissett and the Cleveland Browns spoiled Baker Mayfield's Carolina Panthers debut with a formidable running game and just enough passing offense to secure a last-second 26-24 win — capped by a Cade York 58-yard field goal.

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Offensive spotlight: Baker Mayfield‘s revenge game didn't go exactly as planned, and the Panthers quarterback is set to earn a sub-55.0 passing grade after making two turnover-worthy plays and one big-time throw.

Defensive spotlight: Myles Garrett ensured rookie left tackle Ikem Ekwonu didn't enjoy his NFL debut. The pass-rusher racked up six pressures, including two sacks, and earned a 94.4 pass-rushing grade on first review.

Rookie spotlight: There's plenty of time for Ikem Ekwonu to develop, but his NFL debut was one to forget. He gave up four pressures on 33 pass-blocking snaps and didn't fare much better in the running game.

Offensive line spotlight: The Panthers' interior remained stout despite the tackles' struggles. The trio combined to allow only three hurries on 33 pass-blocking snaps apiece, headlined by a clean performance from center Pat Elflein.

Betting Summary

Betting Odds Closing Result
Spread CAR -1.5 CLV Covers
O/U 41.5 Over

Box Score

Passing
Cleveland Browns
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Jacoby Brissett 10.88 18 / 34 147 4.3 1 0
Carolina Panthers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Baker Mayfield 19 16 / 27 235 8.7 1 1
Rushing
Cleveland Browns
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Kareem Hunt 23 11 46 4.2 1 24
Nick Chubb 18.3 22 141 6.4 0 25
Jacoby Brissett 10.88 4 10 2.5 0 4
Anthony Schwartz 4.9 2 20 10 0 15
Carolina Panthers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Baker Mayfield 19 5 6 1.2 1 7
Christian McCaffrey 15.7 10 33 3.3 1 9
DJ Moore 8 1 7 7 0 7
D'Onta Foreman 0.5 2 5 2.5 0 4
Chuba Hubbard 0.3 1 3 3 0 3
Receiving
Cleveland Browns
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Kareem Hunt 23 4 4 24 6 1
Nick Chubb 18.3 1 1 2 2 0
Donovan Peoples-Jones 12 11 6 60 5.5 0
Anthony Schwartz 4.9 2 1 19 9.5 0
Amari Cooper 4.7 6 3 17 2.8 0
Harrison Bryant 3.8 4 2 18 4.5 0
David Njoku 1.7 1 1 7 7 0
Demetric Felton Jr. 0 1 0 0 0 0
Carolina Panthers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Robbie Anderson 24.2 8 5 102 12.8 1
Christian McCaffrey 15.7 4 4 24 6 0
DJ Moore 8 6 3 43 7.2 0
Ian Thomas 7.3 3 2 53 17.7 0
Shi Smith 2.2 3 1 12 4 0
Tommy Tremble 1.1 1 1 1 1 0

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