The Browns don’t have to worry about Baker Mayfield.
The Browns lost to the Kansas City Chiefs today, 33-29. The team did just about everything right offensively save for two second-half turnovers. Turnovers happen in every game, usually and that’s nothing to worry about. The reason the Browns’ lost had nothing to do with the offense, it had to do with the putrid defense the team is still struggling with. This loss does not fall on Baker Mayfield’s shoulders in the least.
The Browns defense could not stop the Chiefs, and only had two drives all game that resulted in a punt. That type of play is a guaranteed way to find your way to a loss. This loss falls solely on the defense. If you put up 29 points you’re expected to win the game.
Mayfield couldn’t have played much better if he tried. The fourth-year quarterback went 21-28, for 321 yards and a late interception, that was caused due to a Chiefs defender getting through and hitting Mayfield as he threw the ball.
This was made worse, by a late pass to Anthony Schwartz bouncing off the rookie’s hands and fall incomplete. All in all, this was a good game by Mayfield.
Baker Mayfield proved he’s a Top 10 quarterback against the Chiefs
Mayfield was let down by his teammates. Chris Hubbard may have finally gone over the hill as a player, as he was unable to fill in nearly as well as he had in the past in similar circumstances. Nick Chubb, of all people, fumbled a ball early into a drive, deep in their own side of the field. That allowed the Chiefs to get a quick score.
The team also had at least two, arguably three drops, nothing that Mayfield can do about that. Arguably, the Browns’ quarterback maybe missed three or four passes, the rest of his incompletions were either drops or passes he threw away on purpose.
Sure, there’s no touchdown in his stat line, but if you watched him play, it’d be hard to argue otherwise that Mayfield wasn’t on fire all day. He had some of the best passes of his career in this game and showed the world that he was more than capable of being the guy for the team going forward.
It is just one week, however, and whether you think he’s a Top 10 guy or you feel he’s not a franchise guy, both arguments truly won’t be answered until the end of the year.
That said, you’d have a hard time proving he wasn’t great in this game.