The Cleveland Browns beat the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday to pick up their fifth win of the season. It broke their 25 road game losing streak and have now won consecutive games for the first time since 2014. All of this has been in the wake of the Browns firing former coaches Hue Jackson and Todd Haley. Quarterback, Baker Mayfield, is just starting to heat up.
The number one overall pick is playing the best stretch of football in his rookie campaign. In the three games since Jackson and Haley have been fired, Mayfield has thrown for 771 yards and 9 touchdowns and only 1 interception. He has also completed 75.7% of his passes over that stretch. His 17 touchdowns make him tied for the rookie record that was set long ago by Otto Graham.
The offense has been clicking with Freddie Kitchens calling the plays now. The ball is getting out quicker which is a big reason Mayfield hasn’t been sacked in the past two games. The 35 points put up against the Bengals is the first time they have scored over 30 points since their Week 4 overtime loss against the Oakland Raiders.
There was a little stir following the game as Jackson went to greet Mayfield and Mayfield shook his hand but had no interest in talking to him.
“Left Cleveland, goes down to Cincinnati, I don’t know”, he said, regarding Jackson. “It’s just somebody that was in our locker room, asking for us to play for him and then goes to a different team we play twice a year. Everybody can have their spin on it, but that’s how I feel.”
Jackson wasted no time in finding a new job with his former co-worker Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati as a special assistant to the head coach. This clearly didn’t sit well with Mayfield and other players on the team. Mayfield received a little criticism notably from ESPN’s Damien Woody on First Take on Monday morning.
"Baker Mayfield needs to grow up."
— First Take (@FirstTake) November 26, 2018
Mayfield fired back at Woody’s comments on Instagram writing, “Not even comparable… I didn’t lose 30+ games be fake and then do that. I wasn’t gonna have a scholarship. Good try though buddy.”
Drama aside, Mayfield and the Browns will look to build off these two wins against the Houston Texans this Sunday. It is still early, but Mayfield looks like he can finally be the guy to break the QB drought in Cleveland.
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