Cleveland Browns key player No. 1: Baker Mayfield
Baker Mayfield is picking up where he left off at the end of last season.
After the first two weeks, Mayfield leads the NFL in completion percentage at 81.6 percent.
He has just nine incompletions on the season, with two of those being interceptions, both of which one could argue weren’t his fault.
Baker has completed 40 passes for 534 yards, a touchdown, and the two picks. He is second in the NFL, behind only Seahawks quarterback Russell Westbrook, in yards per attempt at 10.9.
This kills the notion that Baker is just a dink-and-dunk quarterback. The Browns are a run-first team and rightfully so behind the dynamic duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, so the fact that Mayfield is still having success makes it all the better.
In Week 2, after throwing his second interception of the season, Mayfield attempted to make the tackle and suffered a left shoulder injury, but he missed no time. He went to the locker room and had his shoulder popped back in place. After that, he finished the game 11-of-11 for 113 yards and the touchdown to Felton.
He also rushed for a touchdown on his first series after returning from the locker room.
Mayfield finished with a QBR of 105, which if he has a performance with a QBR over 100, it should mean good things for Cleveland, as the team is 8-0 when Baker has a 100+ passer rating since 2020.
The Bears present a solid defense and if Baker can navigate that and lead his team to scoring drives, and more importantly a win, he will give his detractors less to come at him about.