The Cleveland Browns will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game that will have emotions running high after the last meeting between these two teams. One person who is always exuding his emotions is Baker Mayfield.
Back in Week 9, it appeared that the Browns’ season was lost and they were headed for an unfortunate ending to the season. Then, due to Mayfield’s improved play from under center, Cleveland is right back into the mix to make the playoffs.
This past week, Mayfield continued his recent run of impressive games against the Miami Dolphins. The second-year quarterback threw for 327 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception as the Browns won the game 41-24.
With the win, the Browns have improved to 5-6 before they prepare themselves to play at Heinz Field. Considering that, here are three bold predictions for Mayfield in Week 13 versus the Steelers.
3. Mayfield will throw three touchdowns
In the first eight weeks of the season, Mayfield had six touchdowns and 12 interceptions. But over his past four games, the confident quarterback has completed eight touchdowns and only has one interception.
What’s most impressive about his recent play is that three of his past four games came against the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, and the Steelers. All of those teams are ranked inside the top eight in the NFL when it comes to passing defense.
After throwing for two touchdowns in his first game versus the Steelers in Week 11, Mayfield will complete another in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
2. Mayfield will throw for over 300 yards
Again, over the past month, Mayfield is beginning to show the potential that we saw from him in 2018. Along with his eight touchdowns and one interception in his past four games, he’s also thrown for 1,031 yards.
In addition, Mayfield has three games this season that he’s been able to eclipse 300 yards through the air. The gunslinging quarterback will have another 300-yard outing in Week 13 versus the Steelers.
Pittsburgh’s defense hasn’t allowed a quarterback to throw for more than 300 yards since Week 1 against the New England Patriots.
1. Mayfield will complete 70 percent of his passes
Since coming into the NFL, one knock on Baker Mayfield has been his inconsistent accuracy. Last year, the Oklahoma product completed 63.79 percent of his passing attempts (24th among quarterbacks).
This season, Baker Mayfield has actually seen that number drop to 60.27 percent (31st among quarterbacks). Provided that, the Browns’ franchise quarterback will have his second straight game of completing 70 percent of his passes on Sunday.
The Steelers’ stingy pass defense has forced opposing quarterbacks to complete just 62.4 percent of their passing attempts in 2019 (11th in the NFL).