The honor came after Mayfield tossed five touchdown passes against the Cincinnati Bengals, including the game-winning touchdown to wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones with 11 seconds remaining.
It was quite a turnaround for Mayfield, who came into the game off a disappointing performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers that left many questioning whether or not Mayfield was still the answer at quarterback.
Against the Bengals, Mayfield overcame an 0-for-5 start that included an interception on his first pass attempt of the game and the loss of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to a season-ending knee injury. Mayfield went on to complete a team-record 21 consecutive passes and finish the game 22-of-28 for 297 yards, the five touchdown passes, and a quarterback rating of 135.6.
Mayfield’s three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter were the first time a Browns quarterback accomplished that feat since David Mays on November 13, 1977, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to clevelandbrowns.com. His five touchdown passes tied the franchise single-game record and were the most since quarterback Derek Anderson tossed five on September 16, 2007, against the Cincinnati Bengals, according to the team’s website.