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Browns Complete Season Sweep of Bengals 26-18: 5 Takeaways

1) Baker the Banker

A family of Browns fans went semi-viral with their parody of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer titled “Baker the Touchdown Maker. But where is “the banker” nickname coming from? I’m glad you asked. Well, the banker feels appropriate after all the dimes Baker Mayfield was dropping against the Bengals today.

There was the three-yard, fade pass to David Njoku for a touchdown early in the second quarter. The second touchdown pass to David Fells on a play that most QBs would have thrown away and lived for the next down. Words don’t even really do that pass justice. He dropped in a beautiful over the shoulder pass to Brashad Perriman down the sideline in the third quarter. He hit Landry on the move along the sideline on a third-and-long play about midway through the fourth quarter that came up a yard short of the first down. There were so many tremendous throws I’m probably forgetting some.

It was another masterful day for Mayfield, who finished 27-of-37 passing for 284 yards and three touchdowns. Those three passing scores put him up to 24 on the season, which is two shy of the record shared by Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson for touchdown passes in a single season (26). He’s done this in just 13 games too. Gotta think that record would have been shattered by now if Mayfield had been starting since Week 1.

Mayfield’s stardom is growing exponentially here in Cleveland by the week. It’s hard to believe we’re all watching A ROOKIE. He’s already playing like a seasoned vet. In 13 games he’s thrown for over 250 yards six times, is completing more than 63-percent of his passes and has eight multi-TD games.

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