Baker Mayfield: Odell Beckham told me to “go be great” in second half

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The Browns lost wide receiver Odell Beckham to a knee injury early in Sunday’s game against the Bengals, but Beckham was still able to find a way to help quarterback Baker Mayfield rally the team.

After throwing his fifth touchdown pass of the day and third of the fourth quarter to cap a 37-34 win, Mayfield met reporters for a press conference that included questions about his response to Beckham’s injury. Mayfield recounted a halftime conversation with the wideout that he credited with inspiring his play in the second half.

“First, [the injury] sucks. No words. I would be lying to say that I was not beating myself up about it,” Mayfield said, via a transcript provided by the Browns. “To go into halftime and see him, and I told him I love him, and he said, ‘Go be great.’ That was what he left me with to open up the second half. That was something I continued to remember throughout the second half.”

Mayfield completed five straight passes to close the first half and would rattle off 16 more in a row in the second half to set a new team record. He was 17-of-18 for 252 yards and four touchdowns overall after the break, which would seem to qualify as making good on Beckham’s directive to his quarterback.

9 responses to “Baker Mayfield: Odell Beckham told me to “go be great” in second half

  1. “He was 17-of-18 for 252 yards and four touchdowns overall after the break” The one incompletion was a kill the clock spike with 0:16 seconds left.

  2. Doing it against ANY team (setting a team record like that) is an accomplishment.

    Way to go Debbie Downer…

  3. I told you Mayfield would puff out his chest and chirp if the Browns happened to beat the Bengals. Playing great against the Bengals defense is a given.

  4. “Ah..ain’t that cute”. Says every average and above QB who wasn’t playing a 1-4-1 team.

    I feel like Mayfield hit his peak, whereas Burrow has a much higher ceiling. Not a fan of either team.

  5. Regardless of the opponent, that was something to see. Good onya Baker, it was hella fun to watch!!

  6. If scoring five touchdowns on the Bengals is so easy why didn’t Lamar Jackson or Phillip Rivers do it? Bengals have only given up more than 30 points in a game three times this season. Two of the three were the Browns.

    Sports fans and consistency don’t go together sometimes.

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