CLEVELAND – The game couldn’t have started much worse for the Browns.
Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles took an innocent handoff off right guard and exploded for an 80-yard touchdown on the first snap at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
The Browns (4-8) responded with a 23-yard Phil Dawson field goal and trailed 7-3 after the first quarter.
The Browns, who had held three straight opponents under 100 yards rushing, talked all week about how dangerous Charles is and how he can score from anywhere on the field. He quickly proved them right.
He spotted the seam in the zone-blocking scheme and ran right through it, without a Browns defender coming close to making a tackle.
The Chiefs (2-10) almost took a 14-0 lead after a 47-yard pass from ex-Brown Brady Quinn to Dwayne Bowe, who appeared to push off on cornerback Joe Haden. Bowe was stopped at the 4-yard line, and the Chiefs couldn’t score.
Former Browns running back Peyton Hillis, who was booed, gained 1 yard, then Quinn threw two incompletions. The first was almost a touchdown, but tight end Steve Maneri couldn’t make a juggling catch in the back of the end zone.
After a false start penalty, Ryan Succop banged a 27-yarder no good off the left upright.
The Browns settled for Dawson’s 300th field goal when they couldn’t take advantage of third-and-goal from the 2.
Trent Richardson was stopped for a loss of 2, then Brandon Weeden threw two incompletions