4 Cleveland Browns whose stocks are down as Colts hang around too long

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1. Second-Half Baker

Baker Mayfield was stellar in the first half, but then turned into the many Browns quarterbacks we’ve seen for the better part of the last 20 years.

After completing 67.9 percent of his passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns in the first two stanzas, Mayfield was 2-of-9 with two interceptions in the second half. Had the Colts gotten decent quarterback play from Phillip Rivers, Indianapolis might’ve overcome the deficit in the fourth quarter, because the magic just wasn’t there for Mayfield.

When it comes to Baker and the Browns, the front office needs to figure out if the former No. 1 overall pick is a game manager, or a franchise quarterback who can lead the Browns to their first ever Super Bowl.

For the fourth consecutive game, Mayfield was not asked to throw at least 10 passes in the second half of play.

It was particularly concerning to see Stefanski dial up a throw with 2:30 remaining and the Browns up six. Mayfield took a vicious hit and the rib injury he suffered because of it will be examined thoroughly throughout the week.

The most important stat is the victory, though, and Mayfield is the first quarterback to have the Browns sitting a 4-1 since Vinny Testaverde in 1994.