Cleveland Browns: Five Week 17 records and milestones to watch
The Browns’ best finish in a decade
With a win against the Ravens, the Browns would be 8-7-1. That would be the teams best record since 2007 when they went 10-6. Derek Anderson was the quarterback of that Browns team. Since that season, 20 different quarterbacks not named Derek Anderson or Baker Mayfield have started for the Browns. Yikes.
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That 2007 season was also Joe Thomas‘ rookie year. Joe had an entire hall of fame career since the Browns last had a winning season. Having a winning season to start off the new era of the Browns would be a great sign for the future.
Breaking an NFL record that has stood for 20 years
Back in the 1998 season, a rookie quarterback named Peyton Manning threw 26 touchdowns. I don’t know if any of you have heard of him, but he had a pretty good NFL career. In 2012 a rookie quarterback named Russell Wilson tied that record. He’s also had a pretty good career.
Baker Mayfield is two touchdowns away from joining these two quarterbacks in a three-way tie. The difference between them all is that Baker had two and a half fewer games to do it in. With two touchdowns against the Ravens, Baker ties the record. If he throws up three touchdowns, the record is his.
Baker has been averaging two touchdowns a game since Freddie Kitchens took over, so tying the record is very possible. Hopefully, Baker, his receivers, and Kitchens are aware of this.
The Ravens have one of the best defenses in the league, so it’s not going to be an easy accomplishment to achieve. However, Baker is used to beating the odds and achieving what was thought to be unattainable for him.