Baker Mayfield knows ‘I could have played way better’ in win over Washington – Browns Wire

Posted: September 28, 2020 at 11:56 pm

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Baker Mayfield played well enough to lead the Cleveland Browns to a 34-20 victory over the visiting Washington Football Team. But Mayfield knows he should have done a lot more to help his team, which needed five takeaways from the defense to prevail on a picture-perfect Sunday afternoon in FirstEnergy Stadium.

Mayfields stat line 16-for-23, 156 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs looks a lot better on paper than it did in real-time. In his postgame Zoom with reporters, Mayfield admitted as much.

I could have played way better, he said. I couldve gotten the ball out and saved a couple of those sacks. The protection was great. I couldve re-IDd the play where the intentional grounding happened and the first play coming out where I got sacked. Some things that I can be a lot better on.

Its a good sense of self-awareness from Mayfield. Odell Beckham Jr. bailed him out with a fantastic defensive play to break up a would-be interception by safety Troy Apke. The intentional grounding penalty was an embarrassing decision, but also the second week in a row hes made it.

He also missed a wide-open Kareem Hunt on a play that should have been an easy touchdown. Instead, it required a truly spectacular one-handed grab by Hunt.

Mayfields recognition that he needs to play better if the Browns are to keep winning is a good sign. Yet its also a sign of how good the team around him can be that it doesnt need Mayfield to be perfect to claim a win.

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