2. Mayfield has a breakout game
Through three games Baker Mayfield has yet to “WOW” Browns fans into believing he is the franchise quarterback. However, he has managed the games nicely and has only thrown a few bad passes all season. A 62 percent completion percentage and five touchdowns to only two interceptions have his stat line much closer to his rookie campaign where he had a breakout rookie season.
Head coach Kevin Stefanski and offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt continue to work with Mayfield on his accuracy, and at times it looks tremendous, but at other times he continues to throw high like he did much of last season. Repetition and coaching will only improve Mayfield between now and the end of the season, and one break out game could give him the confidence boost he needs.
In Week 1 when the Browns fell behind early to the Ravens, Mayfield was not able to just line up and throw the ball to help catch up. Cleveland must keep the game within reach, so the play-action pass game is still effective. With the Cowboys offense able to score, look for Mayfield to match them drive for drive and have a monster day.
With three weeks under their belt, Mayfield and cast is starting to gel more and more. Beckham had zero drops on Sunday vs. Washington and Landry was able to find the soft spot in the zone for a few nice plays when the Browns were behind the chains. Hopefully, the additional week of practice will help get Mayfield and Hooper on the same page who have yet to really connect on Sunday.
I expect this point total to be in the 60s on Sunday with two strong offenses going back and forth. Mayfield will likely have 35-40 attempts, and I expect him to complete over 60 percent of those passes for 330 plus yards and two touchdowns.
The key will be, not having any interceptions. If the Browns can play turnover-free, they have a chance to beat the Cowboys.