Cleveland Browns News: Baker Mayfield now a ‘real franchise quarterback’

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It was a weekend to remember for the Cleveland Browns as they were able to not only win the Battle of Ohio, but their young quarterback was able to win over some critics as well. Following a horrific start, Mayfield turned it up several notches and put together his best three quarters of football as a pro.

He was 22-of-23 after the first quarter and his only incompletion was when he spiked the ball to stop the clock on the final drive. He capped the game off with a 24-yard dime to Donovan Peoples-Jones to win the game, and that confidence can be huge going forward.

After the game, Jim Donovan spoke on the day’s events and said this was the proof that we needed to see that Mayfield was a “real franchise quarterback.”

That story and more can be found in today’s Daily Dawg Tags.

Cleveland Browns News

JIMMY’S TAKE: ‘Baker Mayfield finally became a real franchise quarterback’ in Cleveland Browns’ ‘classic’ win over Cincinnati Bengals — Jim Donovan, WKYC

“That guy finally reappeared once again: He was as confident and as cocky as he was at Oklahoma when he took home the Heisman, and when he took the NFL by storm and set the rookie record for touchdown passes. It looks as though he’s back, sore ribs and all.”

Donovan praised Mayfield but then went on to rip the defense, which did nearly cause them to lose this game. Had it not been for the miraculous throw from Mayfield to DPJ, we would all be here talking about how they let Joe Burrow march down the field for the win late in the game.

Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap offers house for sale after loss to Browns, fight with coach — Jason Owens, Yahoo Sports

“The Bengals lost a tight game to the rival Cleveland Browns as quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for five touchdowns against the Cincinnati defense.

As time wound down, cameras caught Dunlap in a sideline argument with the coaching staff.”

In recent years, the Browns were the team with the sideline meltdowns. It’s nice to be the team handing out the loss that resulted in a player losing his cool.

Browns fear Odell Beckham Jr. suffered serious knee injury

OBJ left the game early and our own Sam Penix talks about how the team is worried that the injury could be serious. A Monday MRI will confirm whether or not their fears are valid.

Why is Baker Mayfield better without Odell Beckham Jr.?

It’s hard to deny it. When Odell Beckham went down, Baker Mayfield looked a lot better. And his best season as a pro was in 2018 when OBJ was not on the team. At this point, it feels safe to ask why it is that No. 6 looks so different (in a good way) with OBJ not on the field.