After a humbling 38-6 opening day loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Not many would have predicted that Baker Mayfield-led Cleveland Browns would be second in the AFC North Division with a 10-4 record at the end of Week 15. They are in contention for their divisional title with the Steelers dropping points in recent weeks.
A big reason behind their dominance in 2020 is the revival of Baker Mayfield. In the absence of superstar Odell Beckham Jr., Mayfield has taken the onus on himself to lead his team. Head coach Kevin Stefanski also deserves some credit for coming in and stamping his authority on the Browns.
But can Mayfield show some consistency if the Browns make the playoffs?
Popular American talk show host Skip Bayless is known for his controversial rants on social media. However, his recent take on Cleveland Browns star Baker Mayfield was rather anti-climactic, as far as his stands are concerned.
“Back to Baker Mayfield. very quietly, which is not Baker Mayfield way. He has turned back into that quarterback that I loved after his sensational career at the University of Oklahoma. He is finally over the last seven and now eight games, actually eight total games. He’s finally living up to what I thought he was when they took him number one overall in Cleveland.”
“Baker’s been put back into a comfort zone in which he can operate. You have to move in if he is more athletic than he looks he likes to throw on the run. And when you get him out of the pocket, occasionally, all of a sudden it starts to help what he can do in the pocket…He will be graded as the third-best quarterback in the league. Well, that means he’s back on track,” Bayless said on the show.
The Browns are have now won 10 games in a season for the first time since 2007. They are proving all their naysayers wrong. With Baker Mayfield in top form and all the right pieces falling into place, coach Kevin Stefanski could go a long way with this new-look squad. The sky is the limit for Cleveland, Browns fans’ must hope for the best in the coming weeks.