After a disappointing loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in week six, it left a lot of people questioning Baker Mayfield as the starting Quarterback of the Cleveland Browns. Mayfield had a rough game against the Steelers as he played with a injured rib. Mayfield threw two interceptions and had a 55.56 completion rating. The game against the Cincinnati Bengals could either help or hurt Mayfield’s confidence. Mayfield missed his first five pass attempts in Cincinnati, including an interception on his first throw. To make matters worse, receiver Odell Beckham Jr. got injured while chasing down the interception return.
However, Mayfield realized that he needed to step up and that’s exactly what he did. Mayfield completed his next 21 pass attempts, as he set a franchise record for consecutive completions. Mayfield threw a perfect pass to rookie receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones to give the Browns the lead. Five of the attempts were touchdown passes tying a team record. Cleveland needed Mayfield to step up as the leader of the team with multiple contributors out. When Mayfield is confident he’s at his best. Baker Mayfield showed why he was first pick in the 2018 draft against the Cincinnati Bengals. In order for the Browns to make a run for the playoffs, the Browns are going to need their quarterback to continue to be at his best.