Containing Baker Mayfield is very important for the Chicago Bears this weekend.
Of course, it always starts and ends with a team’s quarterback. For the Cleveland Browns, that is Baker Mayfield. They selected Mayfield with the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft after he was outstanding in college with Oklahoma. That outstanding college career included a Heisman Trophy so you knew right away that he had serious NFL aspirations.
Now, in the NFL, he has had some ups and downs. However, most of his seasons have been good. In his rookie year, he was very good. The Browns weren’t a great team yet but he appeared to have them on the rise. However, in 2019, he and the rest of his team was brutal and wildly underperformed. That left people with a lot of concerns coming into 2020.
Mayfield was brilliant in 2020 and he led the Brown to the playoffs for the first time in a long time. He went 11-5, completed 62 percent of his passes, and threw 26 touchdowns to only 8 interceptions. All of that led to him have 3500+ passing yards. That was his career-low in passing yards but a career-high in being a good football player.
People that don’t like Mayfield have this narrative about him that he isn’t good but the proof is right there that he is a solid NFL quarterback. He hasn’t had a monster 35 touchdown, 5000-yard season just yet and we don’t know if he will. We do know, however, that he is a great player that the Bears need to worry about on Sunday because if they don’t play him well, he will own them.