|QB||Baker Mayfield||67||100%||21-of-34 (61.8%) for 263 yards, 3 TD. 5 rushes, 3 yards.|
- What a freaking game for Baker Mayfield. Think back to the 2019 season and how many flaws this guy had. Most of us still believed in him, but were still a little discouraged that he wasn’t performing at a higher level. Now, he’s to the point where he’s not just feelin’ dangerous, but the rest of the league is recognizing it too. Beyond his footwork, his “feel” for the game is just at an exceptionally high level right now. Although he doesn’t do the same insane throws that Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen make, he has that same “feel” for the game that you can’t teach, along with his leadership skills.
- The highest-graded offensive player on the Browns, per PFF, was Mayfield with a grade of 90.5. PFF also highlights how well he did against the blitz, and how quickly he got rid of the ball (2.4 seconds to pass), which is something I preached prior to these past two games after seeing how Week 6 turned out.
Baker Mayfield vs Steelers— George Chahrouri (@PFF_George) January 11, 2021
- 3.4s snap to pass
- 4 sacks
- 31.9 PFF grade
- 2.4s snap to pass
- 0 sacks
- 90.5 PFF grade
Baker Mayfield vs the blitz last night:— PFF (@PFF) January 11, 2021
160 yards (1st)
2 TDs (1st) pic.twitter.com/mSFRHKkWW0
|RB||Nick Chubb||39||58%||18 carries, 76 yards (4.2 YPC). 4 catches, 69 yards (4 targets), 1 TD.|
|RB||Kareem Hunt||25||37%||8 carries, 48 yards (6.0 YPC), 2 TD. 1 catch, 13 yards (1 target).|
|RB||Andy Janovich||4||6%||No stats registered.|
|RB||D'Ernest Johnson||3||4%||No stats registered.|
- How was that for fresh legs? The offensive line did a commendable job, but Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt each had that explosive factor from the get-go, something that had lacked a bit earlier this season when each back was a little banged up.
- Chubb is such as an asset as a receiver too, but Hunt usually gets the bulk of that work. It was very smart to utilize Chubb in that capacity more this week to throw the defense for a loop, especially the perfectly-timed screen pass to Chubb in the fourth quarter.
|WR||Jarvis Landry||58||87%||5 catches, 92 yards (8 targets), 1 TD.|
|WR||Rashard Higgins||52||78%||2 catches, 28 yards (7 targets).|
|WR||Donovan Peoples-Jones||46||69%||1 catch, 8 yards (2 targets).|
- Speaking of explosive, Jarvis Landry put some great moves on the Steelers’ defenders to get separation within the first few yards of his route. Granted, Pittsburgh also helped Cleveland out by matching a linebacker on him a few times, but Landry beat the Steelers’ highly-touted nickelback for his first catch, which went for a touchdown.
- Rashard Higgins had 2 catches, but it’s not often you see 5 targets that he and Mayfield didn’t connect on. No worries, though — they’ll get it polished up.
- Donovan Peoples-Jones wasn’t too involved as a receiver this week, but he slipped on one route that nearly led to a pick six, if not for the defender flubbing it.
|TE||Austin Hooper||60||90%||7 catches, 46 yards (11 targets), 1 TD.|
|TE||Harrison Bryant||22||33%||No stats registered.|
|TE||David Njoku||21||31%||1 catch, 7 yards (1 target).|
|TE||Stephen Carlson||5||7%||No stats registered.|
- Austin Hooper had 7 catches and a touchdown catch, but for a guy who never dropped any passes in Atlanta, he’s had a tough time hanging on to a lot of Mayfield’s passes. There was one clear drop he had against Pittsburgh, and the other one was a drop that I’ll give him a pass on — I’m talking about the one where the defender flashed in front of him in the end zone.
- David Njoku caught one pass, but continues to improve and show motivation as a blocker. Good for Njoku, he has brought the right attitude over the second half of the season, and although he doesn’t have flashy stats to show for it, I think fans have taken notice of his consistency.
- Stephen Carlson again recovered an onside kick this week.
- The Steelers had registered a sack in every game for years, but that streak came to an end against the Browns. It was a combination of smart offense and players stepping up. I mean, heck, we thought having Michael Dunn and Kendall Lamm in for much of the game would be a disaster, but they delivered, as did fill-in Blake Hance:
#Browns Michael Dunn, Kendall Lamm, and Blake Hance combined for 68 pass-blocking snaps against the league’s top pass-rush.— PFF CLE Browns (@PFF_Browns) January 11, 2021
They allowed a combined two pressures and zero sacks. pic.twitter.com/m44EMyaL8a
Michael Dunn with an 81.0 on 53 snaps in his professional debut. Against Cam Heyward for the most part. INSANE.— Jake Burns (@jake_burns18) January 11, 2021
- Wyatt Teller continues to be a joy to watch. I watched some of Jake Burns’ film breakdown this week, and I think Teller single-handedly compensated for the losses of Bitonio and Conklin. He has that much of an impact.