Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts

CLE
21
IND
18
FINAL
1234T
CLE 777021
IND 073818

Game Information
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 63,237

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens played it safe Saturday.

After watching two physical practices with the Indianapolis Colts and seeing one serious injury, he gave his top players the day off and allowed Garrett Gilbert and David Blough to go head to head for the No. 3 quarterback job. He even allowed Kareem Hunt to make a brief but meaningful return.

Gilbert threw two touchdown passes in the first half and Blough added another TD pass in the second half to give the Browns a 21-18 victory - their first preseason win over the Colts since 1979 when the franchise was still in Baltimore.

"I was very happy with Garrett. He came in and had control of the huddle, got the guys lined up, made some plays, made the plays he was supposed to make, and limited the mistakes," Kitchens said. "I think given the circumstances, David Blough did also."

Many key players weren't on the field at all.

In addition to sitting his top two quarterbacks, Baker Mayfield and Drew Stanton, the Browns (2-0) also played without receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, running back Nick Chubb, defensive end Myles Garrett or cornerback Denzel Ward.

Indy also held out many of its stars including Andrew Luck and All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson, who are both injured, and Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton, who is not hurt. Adam Vinatieri, the league's career scoring leader, missed his second straight game with an injured knee.

Chubb's absence gave Hunt a chance to make his first start with the Browns albeit on a limited pitch count - two carries for 6 yards on two series. The 2017 NFL rushing champion last played Nov. 19, before a video surfaced of him shoving and kicking a woman. He was cut by the Chiefs two weeks later and didn't sign with another team until February.

"It felt good to definitely get back in game mode, hear the crowd and the bright lights again." said Hunt, who still must serve an eight-game suspension. "Just going day by day. Feeling it out, getting my legs underneath me, and just keep getting better."

After that it was up to the backups to impress and they did.

Gilbert played the first half and was 13 of 19 with 151 yards and two scores, staking Cleveland to a 14-7 lead. Blough, the Purdue product, made it 21-7 with a 4-yard TD pass to Derrick Willies early in the third quarter. He finished 7 of 12 with 74 yards over the final two quarters.

But the Browns struggled to close it out and Chad Kelly almost made them pay for it.

Kelly made an immediate impact. He used a roughing the passer call to get the Colts into scoring position. He then threw a 24-yard TD strike to Ross Travis , who drew a lowering the helmet penalty. Kelly's 1-yard conversion pass to Hale Hentges made it 21-18.

And he took the Colts to the Browns 9-yard line in the final minute before Will Harvey swatted away Kelly's final throw on fourth-and-1 with 35 seconds left. Kelly was 12 of 17 with 115 yards.

"There was no chance of that," Colts coach Frank Reich said when asked about kicking a field goal to force overtime. "There was no doubt we were going for it."

LUCK-Y GUY

Luck generated some real buzz by throwing the ball and participating in position drills during pregame warmups.

An injured lower left leg has prevented from practicing with the team since July 28. Reich cautioned not to read too much into the workout.

What Reich did like were the performances of Jacoby Brissett and Deon Cain. Brissett was 8 of 10 with 100 yards and one TD while Cain caught seven passes for 80 yards.

"I think what he (Cain) has been doing in practice showed up a little bit tonight," Reich said. "He's making plays and picking up where he left off last year."

FLAG DAY

The teams combined for 29 penalties - 16 by the Colts. Neither coach was happy.

"You're not going to win very many games with the amount of mistakes we made," Kitchens said. "I think we need to play smarter. We were not smart tonight."

FOUNTAIN UPDATE

Daurice Fountain said surgery on his injured left ankle went well and even joked about rejoining his teammates Saturday after the team's Twitter account listed him as not dressing. He left the practice field Thursday on a golf cart and was taken to a hospital with what the team called a "significant" ankle injury.

"I can still get busy on these crutches if y'all need me to!!" he posted.

UP NEXT

Browns: Visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday.

Colts: Host the Chicago Bears next Saturday.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Browns Colts
01:52 Jaelen Strong 4 yd pass from Garrett Gilbert (Greg Joseph kick) 7 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Browns Colts
10:28 Eric Ebron 12 yd pass from Jacoby Brissett (Cole Hedlund kick) 7 7
07:02 D'Ernest Johnson 6 yd pass from Garrett Gilbert (Austin Seibert kick) 14 7

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Browns Colts
09:09 Derrick Willies 4 yd pass from David Blough (Austin Seibert kick) 21 7
01:55 Cole Hedlund 41 yd FG 21 10

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Browns Colts
13:11 Ross Travis 24 yd pass from Chad Kelly (Hale Hentges 2pt Pass from Chad Kelly) 21 18

Team Stats
  Cleveland Indianapolis
1st Downs 19 23
Total Yards 271 382
Passing 207 309
Passing Completions/Attempts 20-31 30-44
Yards/Pass 6.3 6.7
Rushing 64 73
Rushing Attempts 18 21
Yards/Rush 3.6 3.5
Turnovers 0 0
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Possession 26:52 33:08

Cleveland Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Garrett Gilbert 13 19 151 8.0 2 0
David Blough 7 12 74 6.2 1 0

Indianapolis Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Chad Kelly 12 17 115 6.8 1 0
P.J. Walker 10 17 109 6.4 0 0
Jacoby Brissett 8 10 100 10.0 1 0

Cleveland Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
D'Ernest Johnson 10 53 5.3 0 15
Kareem Hunt 2 6 3.0 0 4
David Blough 2 6 3.0 0 7
Trayone Gray 4 -1 -0.2 0 2

Indianapolis Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Aca'Cedric Ware 7 24 3.4 0 9
Jonathan Williams 3 15 5.0 0 14
Jacoby Brissett 1 11 11.0 0 11
Marlon Mack 6 10 1.7 0 8
Nyheim Hines 1 9 9.0 0 9
P.J. Walker 1 5 5.0 0 5
Chad Kelly 1 0 0.0 0 0
D'Onta Foreman 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

Cleveland Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
D.J. Montgomery 3 77 25.7 0 32
Rashard Higgins 4 34 8.5 0 12
D'Ernest Johnson 3 26 8.7 1 10
Ishmael Hyman 1 24 24.0 0 24
Dorian Baker 1 23 23.0 0 23
Jaelen Strong 3 14 4.7 1 6
Stephen Carlson 2 14 7.0 0 8
Rico Gathers 2 9 4.5 0 5
Derrick Willies 1 4 4.0 1 4

Indianapolis Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Deon Cain 7 80 11.4 0 38
Hale Hentges 4 34 8.5 0 14
Marcus Johnson 3 32 10.7 0 13
Eric Ebron 2 28 14.0 1 16
Devin Funchess 2 27 13.5 0 16
Krishawn Hogan 2 25 12.5 0 13
Ross Travis 1 24 24.0 1 24
Jordan Veasy 2 19 9.5 0 12
Jack Doyle 1 19 19.0 0 19
Chester Rogers 1 13 13.0 0 13
Roger Lewis 1 10 10.0 0 10
D'Onta Foreman 1 6 6.0 0 6
Marlon Mack 1 6 6.0 0 6
Aca'Cedric Ware 2 1 0.5 0 1

Cleveland Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
J.T. Hassell 5 0 0 0
Sheldrick Redwine 5 2 0 0
Genard Avery 4 0 0 0
Phillip Gaines 4 0 0 0
Ray-Ray Armstrong 3 0 0 0
Lenzy Pipkins 3 0 0 0
Wyatt Ray 2 0 1 10
Morgan Burnett 2 0 0 0
Trevon Coley 2 0 0 0
Willie Harvey 2 1 0 0
Robert Jackson 2 0 0 0
Terrance Mitchell 2 0 0 0
Sheldon Richardson 2 0 0 0
Mack Wilson 2 1 0 0
Eric Murray 1 0 1 5
Brandin Bryant 1 0 0 0
Carl Davis 1 0 0 0
Christian Kirksey 1 0 0 0
Larry Ogunjobi 1 1 0 0
Tigie Sankoh 1 0 0 0
Adarius Taylor 1 2 0 0
Greedy Williams 1 0 0 0
Dedrick Young II 1 0 0 0
Anthony Zettel 1 1 0 0
Stephen Carlson 0 0 0 0

Indianapolis Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Khari Willis 4 0 0 0
Caraun Reid 3 1 1 8
Rolan Milligan 3 0 0 0
Kemoko Turay 2 1 1 10
Zaire Franklin 2 0 0 0
Bobby Okereke 2 0 0 0
Shakial Taylor 2 0 0 0
Anthony Walker 2 1 0 0
Pierre Desir 1 0 0 0
Clayton Geathers 1 1 0 0
Obum Gwacham 1 1 0 0
Nate Hairston 1 1 0 0
Margus Hunt 1 0 0 0
Isaiah Johnson 1 0 0 0
Derrick Kindred 1 0 0 0
Darius Leonard 1 0 0 0
George Odum 1 1 0 0
E.J. Speed 1 1 0 0
Grover Stewart 1 0 0 0
Marvell Tell III 1 0 0 0
Quincy Wilson 1 0 0 0
Ben Banogu 0 0 0 0
Ashton Dulin 0 0 0 0
Matthias Farley 0 0 0 0
Gerri Green 0 1 0 0
Nyheim Hines 0 0 0 0
Chris Milton 0 0 0 0
Al-Quadin Muhammad 0 0 0 0
Carroll Phillips 0 0 0 0

Cleveland Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Indianapolis Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Cleveland Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
D'Ernest Johnson 3 62 20.7 0 28

Indianapolis Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Ashton Dulin 2 46 23.0 0 32

Cleveland Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
D'Ernest Johnson 2 10 5.0 0 10
Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi 2 8 4.0 0 5

Indianapolis Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Nyheim Hines 1 0 0.0 0 0
Chester Rogers 1 0 0.0 0 0

Cleveland Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Greg Joseph 0 1 0.0
Austin Seibert 0 1 0.0

Indianapolis Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Cole Hedlund 1 2 50.0 41

Cleveland Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Jamie Gillan 3 156 74
Britton Colquitt 3 127 43

Indianapolis Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Rigoberto Sanchez 5 243 54