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Baker Mayfield earns AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors

Browns quarterback bounces back from rough start to toss five touchdown passes in win against Cincinnati.

Cleveland Browns v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was selected on Wednesday as the AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

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.