Browns QB Baker Mayfield completes 21 straight passes for 5 TDs vs. Bengals
Mayfield had much to do with the production from the Browns, as he snapped off a 21 straight passes (and one spike) that resulted in five touchdowns–one of which gave them the victory late in the fourth quarter.
Baker Mayfield started 0/5 with an INT, then went nearly perfect:
His only incomplete pass was a spike to stop the clock.
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This eye-catching performance by the Browns didn’t start that way though. Upon the starting minutes of the game, Baker Mayfield commenced to his usual routine, completing none of his five passes. His first pass of the game was an interception, which could’ve possibly told the story of what was to come.
With Joe Burrow coming out mostly strong despite throwing a pick as well, Mayfield recognized that timing was of the essence if the Browns were to stay in the game.
With only 15 seconds remaining in the contest, Mayfield delivered his fifth and final touchdown pass to wideout Donovan Peoples-Jones, giving the Browns a 37-34 lead that sealed the victory. As much of a spirited performance as it was for Mayfield, it didn’t come without some much-needed competition on the opposing side from Burrow, who engaged Mayfield in a late-game shootout in the fourth quarter.
Burrow completed an insane 35 passes from 47 attempts, resulting in 406 yards and three touchdowns.
The three-year back has faced quite a bit of scrutiny in recent weeks after underperforming in games against teams such as the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts, during which he threw two unfortunate picks in both contests. After coming out of this matchup with a win along with breaking a franchise record, he may have found the start to a streak that’ll keep him out of the hot seat.