Browns: 4 expectations for Baker Mayfield in 2021

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1. Touchdown record

This prediction heads into its third year, but it’s going to happen this time. Baker Mayfield will break Brian Sipe’s single-season touchdown record when he threw 30 scores during his magical MVP run in 1980.

Mayfield hasn’t been far behind Sipe, throwing 28 touchdowns in 2018 and 26 a season ago.

So, why will he finally be able to get over the hump? Look no further than head coach Kevin Stefanski.

It didn’t start out smoothly–perhaps being unable to hold a traditional offseason had something to do with it–but Mayfield had just 10 touchdown passes and six interceptions through the first six games of the season.

After some time to grasp Stefanski system (and with OBJ off the field unable to disrupt chemistry), Mayfield threw 20 touchdown passes and three picks in the final 12 contests of the season, which includes playoffs.

If Mayfield didn’t perform like he did in those final 12 weeks, the Browns would have a lot of questions to answer this offseason. Fortunately, finally, the Browns look to have a long-term answer at quarterback.