3. Baker on the run?
Interim offensive coordinator looks like he may be saving Mayfield’s season, evidenced by the quarterback completing 13 of his first 13 passes against the Falcons in Week 10.
Mayfield’s completing 61.8 percent of his passes while compiling an average of 7.0 yards per pass attempt.
He could be dangerous in a different way against the Bengals, though. He’s averaging 5.3 yards per rush attempt and the Bengals are hapless when confronted with stopping a quarterback who runs.
Just ask Lamar Jackson, who rushed for 119 yards en route to his first NFL victory in Week 11.
Here’s how the Bengals have performed when other quarterbacks run…
Saints’ backup Taysom Hill got in for 23 snaps two weeks ago in Cincy and rushed for 24 yards. Before that, Patrick Mahomes even ran for 45 yards in 45-10 blow out win. Cam Newton rushed for 36 yards and two touchdowns during the Panthers 31-21 win earlier this season.
The Browns aren’t going to turn Mayfield into a running quarterback and risk injury, but there will probably be a few opportunities for Baker to pick up yardage, especially running plays out of the run-pass option.