1. The Mayfield Effect
Cleveland has the most dynamic running back duo in the NFL with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. While those guys are tremendous pieces, the offense still lives and dies through quarterback Baker Mayfield who has still been inconsistent to start the year (although much better than last). The offense will likely need to score 30 plus points to steal a victory in Dallas and that will require 30 plus pass attempts for Mayfield.
The Cowboys defense has not shined to begin the Cowboys 1-2 season, and Mayfield could look to get a confidence boost with a strong passing performance. Luckily for Mayfield, he has some top tier tools in Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, and Austin Hooper to distribute the ball to.
Fans are hopeful the Browns defense will stiffen up this week, but it’s going to be a big ask to shut down a potent Cowboys offense. Keep your eyes on Mayfield as he will accept this challenge to carry the Browns offense on his back vs. an average Dallas secondary.
This one could turn into an old-fashioned shootout, which likely favors the Cowboys, but seeing Mayfield have a huge passing game will still be a huge positive takeaway. The biggest challenge for Mayfield this week will be to not turn the ball over.
After 8 straight games with an interception, the streak was finally broken vs. Washington, let’s hope it can continue once again. The Browns will have to play extremely well but have a shot to upset the Cowboys.