Browns’ Baker Mayfield ready for challenge of keeping up with Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes
Sunday’s Divisional Round matchup between the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs will feature an individual battle between two of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. Browns star Baker Mayfield will go toe-to-toe against reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, and for his part, the former admits that he relishes the opportunity.
Mayfield expressed how much respect he has for Mahomes and how he enjoys having the Chiefs QB as a barometer of success:
“He has gotten me so far in the league, so I have to see what I can do,” Mayfield said, via Kevin Patra of NFL.com. “It’s always been fun to keep up with Pat.”
In his mind, the Browns QB believes Mahomes’ best asset is the unbridled strength he has in his throwing arm:
“His arm strength is unbelievable,” Mayfield said. “Just the different arm angles and things he is able to do — I know people talk about his no-look passes and all of that — but to be able to change his arm angle, you can see why he was such an incredible athlete in baseball and basketball, as well. He’s just able to do things that a lot of quarterbacks can’t do.”
These two studs have faced off against each other twice in the past. At the professional level, Mahomes and the Chiefs defeated Mayfield and the Browns, 37-21, back in 2018. Their more memorable meeting, however, came during their college days when Mahomes’ Texas Tech Raiders beat Mayfield’s Oklahoma Sooners in astonishing fashion. That historic battle ended with a 66-59 scoreline and both quarterbacks coming out with career performances.
We’re all just hoping to be blessed with a similar occurrence when Mayfield and Mahomes go head-to-head on Sunday night. While Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool doesn’t expect the Browns to be able to keep up with the Chiefs, Mayfield is confident in his team.