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Oklahoma Sooners in the NFL: Baker Mayfield debuts, Adrian Peterson turns back the clock

The Baker Mayfield era began in Cleveland, while many other Sooners made plays across the NFL in Week 3.

New York Jets v Cleveland Browns Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Everyone’s been talking about Baker Mayfield after Week 3 in the NFL season. By now we all know the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner and the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft made his spectacular debut with the eyes of the football world watching on Thursday Night Football against the New York Jets. Outplaying his fellow rookie quarterback Sam Darnold on the other side, the former Oklahoma Sooners star completed 17 of 23 passes for 201 yards and caught a two-point conversion while leading the Browns to their first victory since December 2016.

Needless to say, Mayfield received plenty of attention for his heroics.

It was evident Baker’s unique presence and energizing performance inspired his teammates and fans from the minute he was introduced. This was just one of his throws:

And another...

In other words, it was just Baker being Baker. Check out all the action from Baker’s debut in our breakdown from last week. Hue Jackson and the Browns staff have finally come around to admitting what the football world already figured out — Baker Mayfield will be the starter in Week 4.

Which begs the question, should things continue buzzing along as they are, could we see another supernova quarterback duel between familiar stars on November 4?

Adrian Peterson continues his comeback tour in 2018, rushing for 120 yards and two scores in a win over the Packers, moving him into 7th place all-time in NFL rushing touchdowns. The ageless veteran continues to amaze fans across the country, as well as some of the game’s former greats.

The dude’s just different.

Kenny Stills also found the end zone for the third time this season on a ridiculous deep grab against the Raiders. Stills finished with three receptions for 61 yards, while teammate Jordan Phillips grabbed two tackles in the big win, which moved the Dolphins to 3-0 on the season.

Sterling Shepard was not to be left out of the Sooner touchdown parade. Coming down with six of his seven targets, Shep’s 80 yards and one TD helped the Giants get their first win of the season.

Aaron Colvin made his share of plays in the Texans’ loss, recording five solo and two assisted tackles.

Tony Jefferson grabbed four solo tackles and one assist in the Ravens’ win over the Broncos. Rookie tight end Mark Andrews added two receptions for 59 yards. He also did this following one of his two catches:

Sam Bradford went for 157 yards on 13-of-19 passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions before being benched in the Cardinals loss against the Bears. Jermaine Gresham caught one pass for nine yards on the afternoon.

Dede Westbrook caught three passes for 31 yards in the Jaguars’ loss to the Titans.

Jordan Evans recorded one solo and two assisted tackles in a loss to the Panthers.

And finally, our beloved Gerald McCoy wrapped up Week 3 on Monday Night Football. Mic’d up and all over the field in a thriller against the Steelers, McCoy grabbed one solo tackle, along with one assisted tackle and a half-sack in the loss.

These Sooners also saw action for their respective teams this weekend:

(*denotes starter)

Orlando Brown (OT - Ravens), *Lane Johnson (RT - Eagles), *Tress Way (P - Washington), *Daryl Williams (RG - Panthers), Damien Williams (RB - Chiefs), *Trent Williams (LT - Washington), James Winchester (LS - Chiefs)

The following Sooners were inactive or did not play in Week 3:

Jeff Badet (WR - Vikings, Practice Squad), Emmanuel Beal (LB - Seahawks, IR), Devante Bond (LB - Buccaneers, IR), Geneo Grissom (DE - Patriots), Stacy McGee (DT - Washington), Joe Mixon (RB - Bengals) Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (LB- Rams, PUP), Steven Parker (S- Rams, Practice Squad), Samaje Perine (RB - Washington), Stacy McGee (DT - Washington, PUP), Ahmad Thomas (LB - Colts, Practice Squad),