Is Baker Mayfield the real deal, or is he a Faker?

Baker Mayfield this season has been many things, at times he's great and at times he's horrible. In the Browns 2 losses, both times the offense being held to 6 and 7 points, Baker was terrible. Of his 7 starts, those 2 games were Bakers season lows in yards, completion%, QBR, while turning the ball over in both of those games. While you may look at Baker Mayfield and the Browns as a whole, and see their 5-2 record we need to put that into perspective. 4 of the Browns wins aren't against good teams, beating the Bengals twice, the Football Team, and the Cowboys. Baker has played his worst games against the Browns best competition, the Ravens and the Steelers. Baker is tied for 2nd in the NFL with 7 interceptions, as well as being 25th in passing yards, behind guys like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Daniel Jones, Gardner Minshew and Kirk Cousins. He also ranks 28th among QB's that have started a game, in completion%. Baker's stats 7 games in are somewhat disappointing, throwing 15 TDS to 7 INT, 1392 yards, with an average of 198.9 passing yards per game.

A lot of people, including myself were expecting Baker to tale a step forward after his strong rookie campaign, a year in which he was second to Saquon Barkley in the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. His sophomore season was very very disappointing, after the team had brought in Odell Beckham Jr. to give Baker another weapon. Baker threw for 3827 yards, 22 TDS and 21 INT, with an average of 239.2 yards per game as well as a QBR of 78.2. Baker had OBJ, Jarvis Landry and David Njoku to throw to, and Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt coming out of the backfield, and he disappointed with the weapons he had.

Baker this season is looking like a Dak Prescott of last season, where he beats up on the bad teams, then the moment a big game, or they play a good defense, he folds and looks like a terrible QB. The Browns lost Odell Beckham Jr. for the season after he tore his ACL trying to make a tackle after a Baker Mayfield interception. Now with Baker without his #1 option, and Austin Hooper not living up to his big contract, Baker is forced to throw the ball to some unproven guys like Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and Harrison Bryant.

The Browns are off to their best start in years, and are poised to make a playoff run, which is completely reliant on how Baker Mayfield play's throughout the rest of the season. The Browns need Baker to play as good as he did in his rookie year, if not better, in order to be a realistic threat to any of the top teams in the AFC. I think that Baker Mayfield has potential to be a good QB, but I need to see more from him, and see him perform against good teams before I can give him the label of being a good QB.

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