Cleveland Browns: Studs and duds from Week 15 meltdown
Dud: Baker Mayfield
Baker Mayfield was added to some not so elite company on Sunday. He ended the first drive with an interception and according to the CBS Sports broadcast team, this was the first Browns quarterback since Brandon Weeden to have back-to-back opening series interceptions. And that has been his issue this season.
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Mayfield, who broke the NFL rookie record for touchdown passes in 2018, has had far too many turnovers in 2019. This pick he threw was No. 17 on the season and with two games to play, that’s an alarmingly high number.
For the second-year quarterback, the problem seems to be that he’s just putting a little too much on his passes. Rarely is he missing low but instead, he’s seeing his passes go just above the receivers — which was the case on his pick in the end zone on Sunday as he was trying to get the ball to Odell Beckham, Jr.
Mayfield finished this game with 247 yards and did have two touchdowns — which gives him 17 of those on the year. The problem is, a lot of that came in garbage time.
The second touchdown pass for Mayfield came late in the fourth as he had a 91-yard drive with the team down 38-17. He threw a touchdown to Ricky Seals-Jones (his second of the game) to move the score a little closer.