Cleveland Browns: 5 reasons Browns will take over 1st place, upset Ravens

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2. Mayfield gets a vulnerable secondary

Patrick Mahomes carved up the Ravens for 374 yards, and while Baker Mayfield isn’t at Mahomes’ level yet,Baltimore’s secondary should put Mayfield into position to have a breakout day.

Baltimore lost corner Jimmy Smith (knee) for the foreseeable future, while Tavon Young went down for the season with a neck injury.

Their absence has really hurt safety Tony Jefferson and corner Anthony Averett, who have committed numerous mistakes with the unit hurting.

With the secondary softened, it’s on Mayfield to regain the confidence he displayed as a rookie. Against the Rams, it was evident he lost faith in his tackles, as he looked all too eager to roll out of the pocket.

The results are a big reason Mayfield is horribly inaccurate, as he’s completing 56.9 percent of his passes.

Browns’ fans have picked this team apart, and rightfully so. The line is an issue, Kitchens sometimes forgets the running game, but this is where the franchise quarterback has to pick up his team.

Mayfield is face of the franchise and it’s ultimately on his shoulders to pull the Browns through their early season lulls. By beating a division rival on the road, Mayfield may very well be helping the Browns find their way.