After breaking his 8-game turnover streak, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield insisted he could have performed better in a win above Washington on Sunday.
CLEVELAND — For the to start with time considering that the Cleveland Browns’ earn more than the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11 of the 2019 year, Baker Mayfield didn’t toss an interception on Sunday.
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But regardless of breaking what had been an eight-recreation interception streak, the No. 1 decide of the 2018 NFL Draft insisted he nonetheless failed to play to his total probable in the Browns’ 34-20 gain about the Washington Football Workforce.
“I could have played way greater,” Mayfield reported soon after the video game. “I could have gotten the ball out and saved a pair of people sacks. The protection was excellent. I could have re-IDed the engage in exactly where the intentional grounding transpired and the initially play coming out where I obtained sacked. Some items that I can be a large amount improved on.”
A rapid assessment of Mayfield’s box score exhibits a continuous, albeit unspectacular, functionality.
For a second straight 7 days — the two Cleveland wins — Mayfield successfully done 16 of his 23 go tries, this time performing so for 156 yards and two touchdowns. With the Browns defense forcing 5 turnovers and providing him a brief area to get the job done with four occasions, there wasn’t substantially need to have for Mayfield to make quite a few impressive performs, though he did appear by means of on a crucial 3rd-and-12 conversion to Odell Beckham Jr. on Cleveland’s go-ahead generate, which he capped with a 3-yard landing go to limited conclude Harrison Bryant.
As Mayfield mentioned, there were some hiccups along the way, which include two sacks, an intentional grounding simply call and a near-interception in the next quarter that was damaged up by Beckham. Experienced Beckham not broken knocked the move absent from Washington basic safety Troy Apke, Mayfield’s interception streak would have prolonged to a ninth recreation.
“It was a excellent occupation by Odell knocking the ball down,” Mayfield stated. “I need to have place that ball more outside the house and allow him operate underneath it, but we are going to choose our likelihood on individuals 50-50 balls with our fellas. He did an unbelievable career knocking that ball down.”
Nonetheless, Mayfield did adequate to assist his team get paid its 2nd gain in as a lot of months, with 2-1 Cleveland now laying claim to a winning document for the initially time in his NFL job. And although he may possibly nonetheless possess the probable to perform even better, at the conclude of the working day, which is what issues most.
“Doing no matter what it can take to win the activity,” Mayfield stated. “Naturally, using care of the ball, percentages present a way better chance to get the sport but specifically when our defense is taking part in like that.
“We have a good punter. Defending that ball, taking examine downs, enjoying the subject situation sport and playing that struggle and just trusting this crew and this offense that we are going to chip absent at some point, and trusting our defense and particular teams that we are likely to give them terrific field place to play against and engage in complementary football.”