Cleveland Browns: Can Baker Mayfield bounce back from a spoiled debut
After a tough loss against the Raiders, Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns look to bounce back with a game against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5
Baker Mayfield did a lot of great things Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. In his first start for the Cleveland Browns, Mayfield went 21-of-41 passing for 295 yards with two touchdowns.
He also had problems as evidenced by his two interceptions and four total turnovers. The Oakland Raiders capitalized as they scored on three of them in a wild 45-42 overtime win.
There were some other positives to take away from the game in which the Browns scored forty-two points for the first time since 2007. Nick Chubb rushed three times for 105 yards and two touchdowns. The former Georgia running back became the first running back in NFL history to run for over 100 yards and at least two touchdowns on only three carries.
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He was also the first Browns rookie to total 100 yards rushing since 2014. Chubb has often been lost in the shuffle at running back behind Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson but after his performance, on Sunday he can be an important part of this offense moving forward.
As for Baker and his rough outing, the young man showed veteran poise in his postgame press conference taking responsibility for the loss. I don’t think anyone blames Baker in this one as the two question marks of this game were the officiating and the special teams —which have been suspect all year.
Moving forward we have the Baltimore Ravens coming into First Energy Stadium on Sunday in Baker Mayfield’s first full game action at home.
The Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale had high praise for Baker calling him ”This generation’s Brett Favre and John Elway.” The question remains to be seen if Baker can put his spoiled debut behind him and have a strong game. He has been able to say the right things, now is the time to see if he can walk the walk.
This proves to be the Browns toughest test this season against a very underrated Ravens defense it will be interesting to see how the rookie can bounce back after a disappointing debut in Oakland.