Cleveland Browns: 5 reasons Browns bounce back vs Panthers in Week 14

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Mayfield will bounce back

There’s no statistical analysis to back this up, but shouldn’t it be expected that Baker Mayfield rebounds from his worst game as a professional.

His three interceptions in the first half against the Texans buried the Browns such a deep hole, there was no climbing out of it.

He has to, and will be better against a Panthers defense that isn’t at its best right now.

Mayfield did player play well in the second half against Houston, throwing for 351 yards and a touchdowns.

Even after the first-half let down, Mayfield is still PFF’s top graded rookie quarterback.

You’ve also got to like his chances against Carolina, a team whose defense is reeling.

Carolina’s allowed seven passing plays of 15 yards or more on 3rd down in Week 1-9. This was good enough for fourth in the league.

But since then? The Panthers lead the NFL, allowing 11 passing plays of 15 yards or more.

This plays into Baker’s hand as he’s completing 60 percent of this throws on third down, which is decent. Plus, four of his 10 touchdown passes have come on third-down situations.