Baker Mayfield put in a statement performance today as the Cleveland Browns bested the Cincinnati Bengals in the Ohio Derby. Joe Burrow fought hard in the fourth quarter but had to make do with a second consecutive defeat, a career-first for the young Bengals quarterback. However, it was all about Baker Mayfield and his superstar running backs, Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb, tonight.
The former Oklahoma Sooners star completed 16 of his 23 attempted passes. He threw for 239 yards and had two passing TDs against one interception. This was a significantly better performance than their opening weekend 6-38 hammering against the Baltimore Ravens.
Kevin Stefanski seemed relieved to record his first win as the new Head Coach of the Browns on Thursday night. Experienced stars Baker Mayfield, Myles Garrett, Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, and Odell Beckham Jr. impressed in the 35-30 win over the Bengals today. Here’s what Stefanski said after the game.
“We just want to keep growing as an offense. I hope this is not the ceiling. We don’t ride the wave. We just show up and play. We’re going to look at the tape and then, guess what, we’re moving on to Washington,” Stefanski told 92.3 The Fan after the win.
Meanwhile, the under-pressure quarterback, Baker Mayfield, also echoed the same sentiment at the post-game press meet.
“We’re gonna keep growing and keep getting better and I think that’s the best part about this team right now. Without being able to have those preseason games or those spring practices, to have a true foundation set.
“We did the best we could, no matter what. I truly believe that our coaches did great in the offseason but there’s nothing like game experience and so we’re gonna continue to get better,” Mayfield said via NFL Network.
The Browns have two tough back-to-back fixtures that await them over the course of the next two weeks. They play a strong defensive unit in the form of the Washington Football Team in Week Three.
Following that, they play Mike McCarthy’s Dallas Cowboys who boast of a strong wide receiving corps. in Week Four. Let’s hope coach Stefanski can help Baker Mayfield and his teammates maintain their newfound momentum.