Despite officially being eliminated from playoff contention, the Browns had plenty to play for against their divisional rivals in Cincinnati and came out firing behind the always-motivated Mayfield, who threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns on 27-of-37 passing, and added another 16 yards on six rushes in the win.
Mayfield was electric, as usual, and wowed the crowd with each scramble and throw all afternoon. The crowd even broke out a thunderous a “BAKER!” chant in the late stages of the game. Watch all of Mayfield’s throws from Sunday’s big win, which marks the seventh of the season for Cleveland.
The Browns also engaged in some trickery on Sunday against the Bengals. A double-reverse executed to perfection resulted in one hell of a touchdown pass thrown by wideout Jarvis Landry.
"How did that work?!"— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 24, 2018
Baker Mayfield was mic'd up for Jarvis Landry's 63-yard bomb! pic.twitter.com/KdDKeWWDIe
There was also a “Baker being Baker” moment with former head coach Hue Jackson late in the game following a long conversion to tight end David Njoku.
Almost everyone in the football world has an opinion on this moment, and I honestly tend to somewhat agree with all hues (pun totally not intended) of the spectrum on this one. While it certainly seems like piling on a guy while he’s clearly down, there must be something deeper we don’t quite know about that has contributed to the sheer contempt Mayfield seems to feel toward his former coach Jackson. Even Kliff Kingsbury, nor even Gary Patterson to a lesser extent, had it dished out this bad from the former Sooner signal caller.
Whether it be for reportedly not being all the way in on the rookie from day one or calling him into his office to specially announce he’d “won” the backup job on Hard Knocks, or whatever, I feel that stuff like this unjustifiably overshadows what has been absolutely spectacular play from Mayfield on the field. Whichever way you feel about it, this is as textbook a case as there is of Baker just being Baker, and you’ve got to give it to the guy for unapologetically being his unique self and always finding that extra little bit of motivation to stick it to his opponents. And that attitude certainly appears to have won over his new hometown in a huge way.
“It’s a team game and you guys are a part of it!” pic.twitter.com/NRn8ZOVdu7— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 24, 2018
With 24 passing touchdowns on the season, Mayfield is now only three behind Peyton Manning for tops all-time by a rookie quarterback, passing Andrew Luck on Sunday.
Baker Mayfield (24 TD passes) needs three more in Week 17 to become first rookie QB drafted No. 1 overall to throw 27+ touchdowns. He passed Andrew Luck (23 in 2012) today and can pass Peyton Manning (26 in 1998) against Baltimore next Sunday.— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) December 24, 2018
Mayfield concludes his rookie season as the 7-7-1 Browns travel to Baltimore in Week 17.
QB Baker Mayfield at the podium https://t.co/orZA5Az7wi— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 23, 2018
Former teammate Joe Mixon rushed for 68 yards on 17 carries and added 10 yards on two receptions on the other side for the Bengals. Mixon is one of only five backs in the NFL to reach the 1,000-yard mark this season.
Tony Jefferson added five solo and once assisted tackles, along with a defended pass, in the big win for Baltimore, who now sit atop the AFC North at 9-6 overall after winning five of their last six games.
Damien Williams rushed for 103 yards on 13 carries and added 37 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions in Sunday nights loss in Seattle. Williams also fumbled in the game, but he and the Chiefs have one last chance to clinch the AFC West in Week 17 against the Raiders.
Patrick Mahomes hits an open Damien Williams for Chiefs first TD: https://t.co/pkAObfHUSO— Ken Capurso (@KenCapurso) December 24, 2018
Adrian Peterson carried the ball 26 times for 119 yards and added another eight yards receiving in Washington’s loss to the Titans. The indomitable, 12th-year back reached 1,000 yards for the eighth time in his illustrious NFL career, and it certainly seems like he’s got at least another one left in him after his stellar season at age 33.
AD’s performance Sunday also passed another milestone, moving ahead of Eric Dickerson for eighth on the NFL’s all-time rushing list.
Adrian Peterson has passed Eric Dickerson for 8th on the NFL's all-time rushing yards list pic.twitter.com/FlMhQ7RqRh— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 22, 2018
The dude’s still got it. This, this is just dirty.
And AD could always spin move with the best of ‘em.
Adrian Peterson still got some moves leftpic.twitter.com/gTARPHX4Ft— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) December 22, 2018
Congrats to both Peterson and Mixon for reaching being one of only five running backs to reach the 1,000-yard milestone in 2018. #RBU #OUDNA
1,000-yard rushers this season:— Elite Andy Dalton (@EvilAndyDalton) December 23, 2018
and Joe Mixon.
Congrats also to AD’s teammate Trent Williams on yet another Pro Bowl selection, his seventh in a row. A hell of a feat, Big Trent.
ICYMI: Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Williams are Pro Bowl bound.— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) December 19, 2018
Redskins alternates include:
TE Jordan Reed
P Tress Way
K Dustin Hopkins
RB Adrian Peterson
CB Josh Norman
S DJ Swearinger Sr.
» https://t.co/NlE03AQOpl pic.twitter.com/9iBwm1WufA
Gerald McCoy had one solo tackle in the Buccaneers loss in Dallas. Devante Bond added one assisted tackle in the losing effort for Tampa Bay.
Dede Westbrook caught seven passes for 45 yards and added one rush for nine yards in the Jaguars 17-7 win over Miami. Kenny Stills caught one pass for five yards in the loss on the other side for the Dolphins.
These Oklahoma Sooners also saw action for their respective teams this weekend:
*Orlando Brown (OT - Ravens), Jermaine Gresham (TE - Cardinals), Stacy McGee (DT - Washington), *Lane Johnson (RT - Eagles), Jordan Phillips (DT - Bills) *Tress Way (P - Washington), *Trent Williams (OT - Washington), James Winchester (LS - Chiefs)
The following Sooners were inactive or did not play in Week 16:
Jeff Badet (WR - Vikings, practice squad), Emmanuel Beal (LB - Seahawks, IR), Jordan Evans (LB - Bengals), Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (LB -Rams, Bye Week), Steven Parker (S - Rams, practice squad), Samaje Perine (RB - Washington), Ahmad Thomas (LB - Colts), Daryl Williams (OT - Panthers, IR)