"They're just a treat to watch," Cleveland quarterback Brian Sipe said of his counterpart, Dan Fouts, and the San Diego offense after the Chargers defeated the Browns today, 30-13.
Fouts completed 13 of his first 16 passes, building a 27-3 halftime lead.
"We knew going in, that with Fouts and his friends, we were going to have to score a lot more than 13 points," said Sipe, who threw for 308 yards to Fouts' 252. "That's not a criticism of our defense, but a compliment to their offense."
Fouts directed the Chargers to four first-half touchdowns, two by Chuck Muncie and two by James Brooks. Then San Diego weathered a Cleveland rally that kept the ball out of Charger hands for all but five plays in the third quarter.
Fouts, never sacked, ended 18 for 23, and for the first time in three games was under 300 yards passing. But the Chargers used two interceptions off Sipe so that they only needed short yardage, drives of 28 and 48 yards, for two touchdowns.
Sipe set two club records and surpassed the 20,000-yard career passing mark. His 33 completions beat his 31 in last season's 44-14 loss to the Chargers and he completed 14 in a row, bettering his mark of 13.