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Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield throws downfield as Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb pressures him during the first quarter Saturday at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver.

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DENVER - Cleveland’s visit to Broncos Stadium at Mile High on Saturday proved to be more than a de facto NFL playoff elimination game.

The Browns’ 17-16 win also offered a glimpse at the future, as the Browns and Broncos boast two of the most experienced and productive rookie classes in the league.

Thanks in part to starting quarterback Baker Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick out of Oklahoma, the Browns entered with the second-most snaps by rookies in the league (4,864). The Broncos, led by outside linebacker Bradley Chubb, the No. 5 overall pick from North Carolina State, were eighth (3,690).

Denver has gotten historic production out of its offensive rookies. Wide receiver Courtland Sutton and running backs Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman entered with a combined 2,209 yards from scrimmage through 13 weeks, good for third all-time since the 1970 merger.