5 reasons Baker Mayfield will lead Cleveland Browns past Baltimore Ravens

Cleveland Browns Baker Mayfield (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Bet on Baker

Baker Mayfield hasn’t lost consecutive games since he was a freshman at Texas Tech, when he dropped three straight in November of 2013 to Kansas State, Baylor and Texas.

Granted, a different ball game in the NFL, but I bring this up because this stat further delves into Mayfield “It” factor.

Despite turning the ball over four times (of which, three really were not his fault), the rookie was a big reason the Browns were in a contest they should’ve won.

Mayfield wasn’t perfect in Oakland, but he was still good enough to win.

Now, he’ll be returning to the friendly confines of FirstEngergy Stadium, where everyone’s got his back, with the hope of the No. 1 overall pick replicating his win against the New York Jets.

Mayfield’s played just two games, but he’s Pro Football Focus’ sixth overall rated quarterback with an 88.2 grade.

His presence just continues to amaze, as the Browns’ offense looks completely different with him under center, rather than Tyrod Taylor.

He’s averaging 10.8 yards per target, according to PFF, which ranks seventh among qualified quarterback candidates.

This ties in with the previous point, that he makes the rushing attack more effective because defenders can’t take that extra step closer to the line with Mayfield throwing the ball, that they could against Taylor.