Cleveland Browns studs and duds from Week 8 loss to Patriots
Stud: Baker Mayfield
After struggling for most of the season, Baker Mayfield seemed to find his footing against the Patriots, even though he did not have a crazy statistical performance. Going against a defense keen on forcing mistakes, Mayfield stayed composed and did not create many mistakes.
Mayfield completed 20 of his 31 pass attempts for 194 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The interception was also not a poor decision or bad throw. Instead, it was the Lawrence Guy who wrecked the play and stole a Mayfield touch pass.
It was not a stellar performance from Mayfield, but what was important was his ability to take what was given to him, especially in conditions not conducive for a passing attack. And Mayfield was even able to deliver throws into tight windows and was still being an efficient passer until late in the game when the Browns were in desperation mode.
Cleveland needs Mayfield to make smarter decisions with the football, and he showed that progress on Sunday, which is why his performance was important. If Mayfield continued to attempt to be a gunslinger, the Patriots defense would have likely generated more turnovers.
If Mayfield continues to show this type of progress, his performances should continue to improve while also limiting his interceptions. Mayfield showed growth Sunday, even if it was not in a winning effort.