2. Cleveland Browns have OBJ and Mayfield on the same page
One of the biggest storylines heading into this game for the Browns was the return of wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. After tearing his ACL back in Week 7 of 2020, OBJ was sidelined until Week 3 and his return couldn’t have come at a better time for Cleveland.
During their win in Week 2, the Browns lost Jarvis Landry to an MCL sprain and he was placed on the IR. Beckham’s return kept them from fielding a thin receiver corps and gave Baker Mayfield a No. 1 target to lean on.
Of course, there were still concerns to be settled since Mayfield and Beckham have yet to show a great connection together. While OBJ did have over 1,000-yards in 2019, the entire offense never looked great that season. Then in 2020, the offense was better but these two just seemed to be on different pages at times.
That wasn’t the case against Chicago as Beckham quickly pulled in a 13-yard catch on third-down which set the tone for the game. He finished with five receptions for 77 yards which was a team-high.
That’s not exactly an explosive day from No. 13 but it was important since things just looked smooth. Mayfield wasn’t forcing him the ball and Beckham was pulling in everything that was within his reach. Everyone in the organization should be encouraged after the way they played on Sunday.