Cleveland Browns Key to winning No. 3: Baker Mayfield
After last week’s very productive performance from the Browns quarterback, can Baker Mayfield follow it up with a good showing this week?
When I heard the news that Nick Chubb and Demetric Felton could be sidelined Sunday for Covid reasons that immediately had me jumping to the conclusion that Mayfield would have to have an excellent game for the Browns to win.
Cleveland’s other backup running back D’Ernest Johnson, who had a career night a few weeks ago against the Denver Broncos could carry the load of rushes against New England. He’s very capable however, I get this sense that Mayfield, who has had his up and down moments this season may try and do too much this game, with the absence of Chubb.
Mayfield has managed to stay away from turnovers, for the most part, this season, and he wasn’t sacked too much last game. If he can continue managing the game and then connect with those pinpoint accurate throws to his upcoming star receivers like Donovan People-Jones, then the Browns will be in a good position for the win.
The release of former Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. certainly seems to be the right call again. Mayfield’s field vision along with his quick decision making all made it look like the quarterback really was better off with Beckham off the team. With Beckham now joining the Los Angeles Rams, wouldn’t it be fitting that the Browns and Rams met in the Super Bowl this year?