The Cleveland Browns secured their first opening season win since 2004 and Cade York became a hero in the process. He leads off the Week 1 studs and duds
It wasn’t the revenge game Baker Mayfield hoped it would be. The former No. 1 overall pick played his first game with the Carolina Panthers against the Cleveland Browns and struggled in the first half before taking off in the second.
He led the Panthers to a 24-23 lead with just over a minute to play but Cade York knocked in a 58-yarder to secure the victory for Cleveland.
He leads off the studs and duds from Week 1, but there were plenty of players who stood out for Cleveland — both good and bad.
Browns Week 1 studs and duds
Stud: Cade York, K
What a debut. The rookie fourth-round pick from LSU was perfect for the Browns, going 4-of-4 on field goals and 2-of-2 on extra points. His most impressive kick was the 58-yarder that silenced the Carolina crowd and gave Cleveland the win.
Dud: Second-half Browns defense
After giving up just seven points in the first half, the Cleveland defense struggled in the final 30 minutes of the game. After giving up a touchdown to Mayfield to cap off an 11-play, 75-yard drive, they had a terrible miscommunication that allowed Mayfield to hit Robbie Anderson on a 75-yard bomb to make it 23-21.
once they got the ball back, D.J. Moore caught a pass for 26-yards, and then Christian McCaffrey went for 21-yards on a short pass — and got 15-yards added on a horse-collar tackle from John Johnson.
This set up the kick that could have led to a huge upset, but thankfully the aforementioned York had other plans.