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In Baker They Trust

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The Cleveland Browns fan base is one that has suffered for such a long time.

Entering Thursday night’s game against the New York Jets, it had been 635 days since their last victory, which came at the expense of the San Diego Chargers in December of 2016.

Towards the end of the second quarter of last night’s contest, day 636 appeared to be ever so looming. Tyrod Taylor couldn’t generate any offensive production as his team was down 14-0 after a second rushing score by former Browns running back Isaiah Crowell. Crowell had been penalized for an excessive celebration penalty when using the football as toilet paper towards the Cleveland crowd, igniting a passionate and frustrated Browns crowd. Taylor had to be removed from the game following what appeared to be an injury at the end of the quarter, leading to the Cleveland faithful to rise from their seats and cheer on their potential savior, Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield took the field with swagger and looked as if he was a 10 year veteran. He instantly barked play calls at the line and completed his first and second passes as the crowd roared with each completion. Mayfield felt his first bit of pressure during his third drop back, as he suffered a strip sack and luckily did not turn the ball over when an o-lineman recovered the loose ball. A lot of QB’s would have been flustered.

Not Baker.

Throw after throw, drop back after drop back, his poise and pocket presence were on full display as the first half closed. Even with only getting a field goal to close out the half, Browns fans and everyone watching at home all witnessed Baker prove why he was the first pick in the draft.

The momentum from the first half carried over to the second half, as Mayfield launched spirals through the air like bullets coming out of a gun. The Jets defense couldn’t stop him. When they were able to, he came right back with a different attack. Mayfield moved through the pocket and threw on the run when there was pressure. He found crevices in the tight defense. Yes, he made a few errant throws, but when it mattered, he made the right throws and didn’t turn the ball over.

Cleveland’s defense ended up making the difference once Mayfield led the team to the eventual game winning score. They picked Sam Darnold off twice to seal the deal and make Mayfield a folk hero like figure to the city of Cleveland. The streak was finally over at the expense of the New York Jets.

There’s a good all around team over there in Cleveland.

However, for the first time in so very long, the Browns have their franchise quarterback.

Baker the playmaker and difference maker is here to stay. There’s no doubt he is starting in week 4.

 

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