Cleveland Browns Week 6 studs and duds is heavy on the duds
Dud: Baker Mayfield
He looked better to start the game, but things came crashing down around Baker Mayfield by the time the game was over. The second-year quarterback started the contest out by leading the Browns on three-straight scoring drives.
The first was a quick one, set up by Dontrell Hilliard’s long kickoff return. The three-play 23-yard drive put them up 7-0. Mayfield then led them on a 10-play 69-yard drive, which he capped off by running in a touchdown from 10-yards out for the signal-caller. Mayfield then made it 20-6 when he connected with tight end Ricky Seals-Jones on a 31-yard touchdown.
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After that first-half explosion, Baker and the offense fell apart. They had a blocked punt and two interceptions on their final three possessions of the first half. In the second half, there was only one scoring drive, but even so, they found themselves with a chance to win it with just under two minutes to go.
That didn’t happen as Mayfield was picked off for the third time when he tried to connect with Hilliard. In fairness to No. 6, he did hit the running back in the hands and the ball still bounced into the air and was picked off.
While it’s easy to excuse that pick, it’s not the same with the rest of them. And now after six games, the sophomore gun-slinger has more than twice as many picks (11) as he does touchdown passes (5). He’s also leading the league in that category, something no player ever wants to do.
There’s been a lot of blame going around this season as the Browns are sitting at 2-4 heading into their bye. A lot of that blame does belong to Baker who has had an awful start to the season.