Baker Mayfield could not become the first Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback to win his first start since Eric Zeier in 1995. The number one overall pick can win his first start against a division opponent when the Baltimore Ravens visit FirstEnergy Stadium this Sunday.
Mayfield showed signs of being the franchise quarterback the franchise has been searching for in the overtime loss to the Oakland Raiders. He also showed signs of being a rookie quarterback in his first start in the NFL.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 3, 2018
“Obviously, the most important thing is taking care of the ball,” Mayfield said. “No matter if it is communication or decision-making, the most important thing is the football and making sure that we give our team the most opportunities to win, chances to score and putting ourselves into a good position. That is the most important thing. After that, it is the little details. It is all the little things. We are very, very close to being a great team. That is it. We are not there yet so we have a lot of work to do.”
Those little things will be enlarged this week when Mayfield faces his first division rival. The Ravens linebackers will provide quite a challenge for the rookie.
“Athletic. Talented. You see guys that want to intimidate you,” Mayfield said. “They are physical. The Ravens defense is known for being physical and trying to out-physical the other team and set the tone for the whole game. On top of that, they can run. They have guys that can do it all. It is going to be a good matchup for us.”
Another factor in Mayfield’s favor, the home crowd. He’s already performed well in front of the hometown fans back in week three. Now it’s time to show off his abilities at home for an entire 60 minutes.
“It will be exciting. I am hoping we get a good crowd atmosphere because this game is a division one,” Mayfield said. “For us, it counts as two. We need the fans to come alive. When they bring the energy, it helps our defense especially, but it helps out the momentum. You build confidence. Things start to flow after that so looking for the crowd and hoping they bring it on Sunday.”
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