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Baker Mayfield shakes off 2 turnovers and a cold spell during 17-16 victory over the Broncos

DENVER – On Saturday, while getting his game face on for his primetime matchup with the Broncos, Baker Mayfield posted a photo on Instagram with the caption "Ride with me Cleveland. '' What wild ride it's already been for Brown's fans with the No. 1 overall pick. Mayfield traveled to Denver and beat the Broncos 17-16 and snap an 11-game losing streak to Denver dating back 28 years – to 1990. "Five years later I was born, so that was a long time, "said Mayfield, who improved to 5-6. The Browns has been reborn with Mayfield, who proclaimed at the NFL Combine in February that" if anyone's going to turn that franchise around, it would be me. '' The victory improved the Browns to 6-7-1 and kept their slim playoff hopes alive. It also dropped the Broncos to 6-8 and all but eliminated them from contention. Mayfield (18-of-31, 188 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 83.8 rating) struggled for a huge chunk of the game, but rallied the Browns to a fourth-quarter come-from-behind victory with a 2-yard gamewinning touchdown pass to Antonio Callaway at 11:44 left in the game. The TD cashed in on a fourth-quarter interception by T.J. Carrie, the Browns 'second of the game off Case Keenum. The first was by Jabrill Peppers, who also preserved the Browns' victory with a huge sack of Keenum on fourth and 10 with 39 seconds left in the game. Mayfield needed a huge assist from his defense to pull it off, but…

DENVER – On Saturday, while getting his game face on for his primetime matchup with the Broncos, Baker Mayfield posted a photo on Instagram with the caption “Ride with me Cleveland. ”

What wild ride it’s already been for Brown’s fans with the No. 1 overall pick.

Mayfield traveled to Denver and beat the Broncos 17-16 and snap an 11-game losing streak to Denver dating back 28 years – to 1990.

“Five years later I was born, so that was a long time, “said Mayfield, who improved to 5-6.

The Browns has been reborn with Mayfield, who proclaimed at the NFL Combine in February that” if anyone’s going to turn that franchise around, it would be me. ”

The victory improved the Browns to 6-7-1

and kept their slim playoff hopes alive. It also dropped the Broncos to 6-8 and all but eliminated them from contention.

Mayfield (18-of-31, 188 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 83.8 rating) struggled for a huge chunk of the game, but rallied the Browns to a fourth-quarter come-from-behind victory with a 2-yard gamewinning touchdown pass to Antonio Callaway at 11:44 left in the game. The TD cashed in on a fourth-quarter interception by T.J. Carrie, the Browns ‘second of the game off Case Keenum.

The first was by Jabrill Peppers, who also preserved the Browns’ victory with a huge sack of Keenum on fourth and 10 with 39 seconds left in the game. Mayfield needed a huge assist from his defense to pull it off, but it was a monumental victory, one that improved interim coach Gregg Williams to 4-2.

“A win’s a win,” said Mayfield. “I’ll take it. Definitely was not our best game by any means-starting with myself-but coming out with a win on the road is hard, and we did that. “

Mayfield got off to a hot start, matching the intensity of the defense , which forced a three-and-out on the Broncos’ first drive, dropping them for minus-13 yards in the process.

He took over at his 49 and promptly hit Jarvis Landry with a 19-yard pass down the left silk. Three plays later, on third and 9th, he found Breshad Perriman singled up on the right side of the end zone with third-string cornerback Tramaine Brock for a 31-yard TD pass.

“He’s got a lot of confidence right now and I have a lot of confidence in him,” said Mayfield. “He’s making plays and not a lot of people can make that catch. A guy all over him, a high ball, go up and make a catch. A competitive catch at that. Mayfield went 2-of-3 for 50 yards on the drive, but then hit a cold spell, overthrowing receivers and having two of his passes batted down. With 18 seconds left in the half and the score tied at 10, he was picked off at the Broncos’ 2 on a badly overthrown ball to Jarvis Landry. He was so ragged that NFL Network Kurt Warner blamed him for the rash of incompletions.

“They did a good job of mixing stuff up,” said Mayfield. “They started making plays, just giving us different looks-especially on the interception. It was just a bad throw. That was the first look at two-man they showed to us and they did it at a good time. ”

Mayfield came out in the second half determined to atone for his costly pick, but was strip-sacked instead on the 15th play of the opening drive. Fortunately for him, the defense held Denver to a field goal, thanks in part to a tackle for a loss by Peppers. Mayfield was sacked by the great Von Miller to end his next drive, but Carrie came through with the fourth-quarter pick to start the Browns at the Denver 48th.

Mayfield went 4-for-4 on the game win March, finding Landry for passes of 12 and 6 yards and hitting Rashard Higgins for 19 yards down the left sideline. Then came the Callaway catch that put the Browns up 17-13 and extended Mayfield’s TD pass streak to 11 games. It also gave him 21 on the season, seventh-most by an NFL rookie.

“It was huge for us,” said Mayfield. “Anytime you’re on a drive like that, late in the game, the fourth quarter, being able to come out with a win is crucial. You have to make plays when it counts. “

The Broncos drove to the Browns’ 6, but opted for a field goal on fourth and 1 that make it 17-16 with 4:35 left. The Browns marched to Denver’s 15, but David Njoku’s 5-yard catch on third down came up a yard short. Williams went for it on fourth down, but Nick Chubb was knocked back 2 yards. On the Broncos ‘final possession, Peppers’ sack – the first of his career – saved the day.

Mayfield said the mindset on his last drive was “make sure we get that last first down. Den enkle ting å si er å få et mål, og få dem til å score en touchdown, men hvis vi først kommer ned, skal vi ikke si noe. We’re aggressive. That’s how we play. We play the best when we’re aggressive.

“Mayfield acknowledged that he had to shake off his cold spell, just like he did in the second half of the loss to Houston two weeks ago.”

” You have to hit the reset button, “he said.” Stuff happens. The game is never going to be perfect but the most important play is always the next one. Net realiseren dat en het haken van de resetknop en duwen vooruit. We’ve got to make plays when it counts and you have to have a fresh mindset. “

Mayfield, Peppers and Carrie come up big in 17-16 victory over the Broncos

Miller, who’s sack moved him into second in the NFL with 14.5, was impressed with the rookie QB.

“He was great,” said Miller. “Just like you saw on TV, he’s a fiery guy. He was mad at the refs for a little bit and some of the stuff that he said to the refs, I was like, “Geez, this guy right here.” It was good to go against Baker and play against him. He has incredible talent and he has an incredible team from tight end to receivers. Nick Chubb played out of his mind too. He’s a horse and I do not think he gets enough credit over there. Their defense played lights out as well. They’ve got a great team and the Browns are on their way up. “

Said Perriman,” It shows you his mental strength, for him to be able to let the [mistakes] go quickly and come back to lead this team to a win. ”

Added Landry, “The biggest thing to take from this is that he continues to show that, regardless of what happens in a game, he will bounce back and he will make the plays and take this team Williams is certainly riding with his QB.

“I really believe that Baker did a really good job of leading our team,” he said. . “Our guys believe in him and he does a great job when you take this type of game and add it to his resume, add it to his leadership. I think it goes a long way in the locker room and on game day. “

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