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One constant had been Cleveland searching for a legitimate starting quarterback. Now it looks as if the Browns might finally have found their man.No. 1 overall draft pick Baker Mayfield is set to make his debut as an NFL starter on Sunday when the Browns (1-1-1) visit Gruden and the Raiders (0-3) a week after he led a comeback win in relief that snapped Cleveland's 19-game winless streak."I think that guy has the 'it' factor Authentic Dominique Easley Jersey ," Gruden said. "He has the charisma. He has the competitiveness. He has the feel. He has the ability to be great. What he did the other day coming off of the bench, down (14) and bringing his team back at home in front of his fans in his debut was awesome."Mayfield will be the 30th starting quarterback for the Browns since they returned to NFL in 1999, a list that includes another former No. 1 overall pick in Tim Couch, first-round flameouts such as Johnny Manziel and journeymen such as Ken Dorsey and Luke McCown. Only Brian Hoyer has a winning record at 10-6 as the revolving door at quarterback has led to little success.The Browns drafted Mayfield first overall looking to change that history and he's getting the opportunity quicker than planned. Coach Hue Jackson's plan was for Mayfield to sit and watch Tyrod Taylor, but that changed last week against the Jets when Taylor went out with a concussion.Mayfield went 17 of 23 for 201 yards and caught a 2-point conversion pass in just more than a half, leading the Browns back from a 14-0 deficit to a 21-17 win that was their first since Dec. 24, 2016."This is sooner than what I thought would happen because I thought that we would have played much better earlier on offense. We did not," Jackson said."There was a stark difference in how we performed when he got in there. That is the nature of this business. That is the way that it works. It is an earned business. The young man went in there, and he earned the right to be the starter."Here are some other things to watch:FAST START, SLOW FINISHThe Raiders have opened each game this season by taking the opening kickoff and driving for a score, followed by a three-and-out on defense. That has helped Oakland take the lead at halftime in every game so far.But the second half has been a different story and that's why the Raiders are the second team in the past 20 seasons to start 0-3 despite leading every game at the half.Oakland hasn't trailed for a single second in the first three quarters this season, but has been outscored 37-3 in the fourth, leading to the three losses."I feel like if we would've gotten blown out all three games, or not been ahead, then you could be pessimistic," receiver Amari Cooper said. "But we feel like we could have won every game we've been in. We're looking forward to closing the next one."FRIENDS Youth Marcus Peters Jersey , FOESJackson and Gruden have intertwined coaching roots. They were assistants on the same staff at Pacific in 1989, when Jackson coached running backs and Gruden had receivers. Jackson said Gruden tried to hire him during his first stint with Oakland. Jackson then spent the 2011 season as Raiders coach. And while they're friends, Jackson said that gets put to the side Sunday."We used to be office mates. He taught me football," Jackson said. "We used to argue every day. I know him extremely well. He is extremely competitive, and he does not like losing, no more than I did not like losing."SAME PLAY, SAME RESULTThe Raiders have been burned three times already this season on jet sweeps for touchdowns. Todd Gurley took one 19 yards for a score in the opener for the Rams and Miami struck twice last week with an 18-yard TD for Jakeem Grant and a 74-yarder for Albert Wilson. The Raiders expect to see more of the same until they can prove they can stop it."If there is $20 bills being spit out of a teller down the street, you and I are going to get in line," Gruden said. "We are going to stand in line and pick up 20s. The Rams got us, the Dolphins got us and I'm sure Cleveland is going to try and get us as well."LANDRY LISTBrowns wide receiver Jarvis Landry didn't know he's been making catches — and history. The three-time Pro Bowler has had at least five receptions in 20 straight games, the second-longest run in NFL history.Antonio Brown set the mark with 36 straight games from 2013-15. Landry's run underscores his consistency and playmaking abilities, and he is proud of his dependability."I can only speak about just getting opportunities and taking advantage of the opportunities regardless of the play call or whatever it is," said Landry, who has 420 catches in just over four seasons. "If the quarterbacks trust me to throw it to me, then I got to make the play."AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Berea, Ohio http://www.ramsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-andrew-whitworth-jersey , contributed to this report Cole Beasley doesn't really hide his frustration over the perception that Dallas receivers are floundering as they try to replace Dez Bryant and retired franchise catch leader Jason Witten.The dean of the Cowboys pass-catchers is never belligerent about it, but his message is always pointed — just as it was after the second 100-yard game of his career in a 40-7 rout of the Jacksonville Jaguars ."I know my worth," Beasley said after getting the first 100-yard game for a Dallas wideout this season (101) while tying career highs with nine catches and two touchdowns. "There's a lot of naysayers and a lot of people that are trying to tell me what I am, but it doesn't mean anything."Ask him, and the seventh-year pro would say the same applies to the rest of the players in the receiver room.But it's not as if the criticism is without merit. Before the Cowboys (3-3) shredded the NFL's No. 1 pass defense in the first half, their receivers had 604 yards combined in five games, with just three touchdowns.Against the Jaguars, Beasley and rookie Michael Gallup combined for 106 yards in just one half. Beasley had his first two TDs of the season, and Gallup almost had the first of his career on a soaring grab when he couldn't get the second foot down while sailing out of bounds."This just puts a lot of confidence in the wide receivers," Gallup said. "We know we can make plays. Just throw the ball and we're gonna go make the quarterback right."Beasley acknowledged that the receiving group wasn't good in a 19-16 overtime loss at Houston, which dropped the Cowboys to 0-3 on the road before they beat the Jags to improve to 3-0 for the first time at 9-year-old AT&T Stadium.Against the Texans, there were drops and several plays where receivers weren't strong enough on routes. One of those led to an interception. Gallup's catch against Jacksonville was contested on sideline, and Beasley kept getting open, showing emotion with each grab.It's exactly what Dak Prescott has been seeking from the group while acknowledging his misfires and protection breakdowns. And the third-year quarterback had a feeling he would get it — and will need more of it for the Cowboys to break their .500 pattern.Dallas goes for its first road win Sunday against NFC East-leading Washington (3-2)."He's texting me last Friday night, saying he was taking care of his body and you could just tell," Prescott said of Beasley Womens Ramik Wilson Jersey , his most reliable target with Witten gone. "He was preparing to have a big game, and that is exactly what he did."Ezekiel Elliott had a quiet 100-yard day (106 yards with a touchdown) and lost his NFL rushing lead to Todd Gurley, who had a career-high 208 yards in the Los Angeles Rams' win over Denver. Beasley knows the Dallas offense still revolves around its star running back."So it's going to be tough to explode," he said. "Where we can show our worth is just making plays when it comes our way. We failed to do that last week. It's hard to play that way, but we've got to do it. That's our job."The Cowboys have believed all along that they could win without a so-called No. 1 receiver since dumping Bryant, the club's career leader in touchdown catches, in a cost-cutting move.This group still needs more time to get comfortable with Prescott, who is also showing that his running is an important component for this offense.The 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year had the second-most yards rushing for a quarterback in franchise history with 82 against the Jaguars. His previous career high of 45 came in a Week 2 win over the New York Giants.But the Cowboys will have to throw to get back to the playoffs after missing in the disappointing encores of Prescott and Elliott following their remarkable rookie seasons together."I've been preaching this all year, just pure execution," Elliott said. "We have the best O-line in football. We have the weapons on the outside. Dak's a great quarterback. But if we don't go out there and play up to who we are, well then we're not going to look like it."This win looked more like something to build on than the first two for the Cowboys.NOTES: DE DeMarcus Lawrence, who was a half-sack out of the NFL lead going into the Jacksonville game, didn't start and played a season-low 24 snaps while nursing a shoulder injury. He went without a sack for the second straight game after getting at last half a sack in each of the first four. ... Coach Jason Garrett said LB Joe Thomas is likely to miss a second straight game against the Redskins because of a foot injury.

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