Baker Mayfield prepared for possibility of shootout with Cowboys

Getty Images

After both the Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys experienced offensive misfires in their season openers, they’ve both piled up points over their last two contests.

The Browns have averaged 34.5 points per game in their victories over the Cincinnati Bengals and the Washington Football Team. Meanwhile, the Cowboys have averaged 35.5 points in their win over the Atlanta Falcons and loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Dak Prescott has thrown for over 450 yards in each of those games for the Cowboys as well.

With the two teams squaring off this Sunday in Dallas, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield knows he may need to be prepared to score a lot of points to keep up with the Cowboys Offense.

Dak is a great player,” Mayfield said Wednesday, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “A tremendous amount of respect for him, the leader and the person he is. When it comes down to it, we’re playing the Cowboys Defense and we have to do whatever it takes to win. If that’s a shootout, then great, and if it’s another game where we have to control the clock, then we will do that. Whatever it takes to win.”

Mayfield hasn’t put up eye-popping statistics himself as the Browns have counted on Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt to fuel most of their offense the last two weeks. Mayfield has completed 16 of 23 passes in both games against Cincinnati and Washington with 219 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against the Bengals and 156 yards and two touchdowns against Washington.

The Cowboys aren’t likely to give Mayfield and the Browns Offense five turnovers with four drives starting inside the opponent’s 41-yard line.

“I just think I need to play the best I possibly can,” Mayfield said. “There are some of those pre-snap things that I know I can handle better, and some of the footwork and all that. I can do that better compared to what I did against Washington so I just need to be able to execute.”

6 responses to “Baker Mayfield prepared for possibility of shootout with Cowboys

  1. If the Browns can’t panic and get pass-happy just because points are being scored. If they keep running the ball, there really aren’t many teams that they can’t hang with.

  2. It happened again this week. T. J. Watt was the defensive player of the week! Hey Jerry, do you remember passing on him so you could snag Taco Charlton?

  3. Cleveland’s defense needs to play their best game so far so that the Browns can keep it on the ground. Of course Dallas knows this and will try to A: pile up early points forcing Cleveland to take to the air and B: bottle up the run at all costs. Cleveland has to be patient and keep pounding it even if they get behind a couple of scores. Baker has been ok but not great if he has to throw it 40 times a game. If he does, you can count on 2 INT’s in addition to any TD’s he may throw.

  4. Browns will win by having a balanced offensive game: 200 yards on the ground and in the passing game. Defense will have to play tough not to let up offensive yardage. So I don’t see a shoot out necessary if Baker executed the plays called properly, low penalties, and is accurate.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.