The final game of the NFL season is usually a sad time for me. Except for the end of last season, which felt more like a reprieve from the governor.
Our Cleveland Browns held their own against the Baltimore Ravens and their number one rated defense. I believe if the zebras had swallowed their whistles and not killed Jabrill Peppers’ run, we could be talking about a different ending to the game. Yes, the same is true for the missed field goals from Greg Joseph. However, to be completely honest, I enjoy taking shots at the officials whenever I can. It’s not as if their guide dogs could read this piece to them.
But I digress.
Once again, my Top Dawg chose himself. Our quarterback, Baker Mayfield, put the exclamation mark on the end of the 2018 season when he surpassed Russel Wilson and Peyton Manning rookie touchdown records. Mayfield tossed his 27th rookie touchdown and he was not our starting QB for the entire season.
While this personal record does nothing to change the Browns’ standings or win percentage, it does a lot to cast some credibility on our team. Baker’s name above the legendary Peyton Manning on the list of rookie passing touchdown records is something that demands respect. While I usually have no use for rookie quarterbacks, Mayfield proved himself and earned the starting position over and over.
Even though the game did not end with the win I had hoped for, Baker and company did a tremendous job. The fact that our loss is also Pittsburgh’s loss cushions the pain a little.
So, one last pick for this season, congratulations to my Top Dawg, Baker Mayfield. It is going to be fun watching you grow and develop as our franchise quarterback. Thanks for helping to bring this team and its fans back to life!
Week 1: Denzel Ward – 2 INT
Week 2: Larry Ogunjobi – 2 Sacks
Week 3: Carlos Hyde – 2 TD’s 98 yards rushing
Week 4: Nick Chubb – 100+ yards rushing and two touchdowns
Week 5: Baker Mayfield – 25/43, 342 yards and a touchdown
Week 6: Britton Colquitt- 242 yards punting averaging 40.3 yards a punt
Week 7: Christian Kirksey- Fumble recovery and an interception
Week 8: Myles Garrett- Sacking and harassing the Q.B.
Week 9: Duke Johnson- Two touchdowns through the air
Week 10: Coach Gregg Williams- Steering the team in the right direction
Week 12: Damarious Randall- Interception and giving the ball to Hue
Week 13: Interior offense line- Protecting Baker Mayfield and containing J J Watt
Week 14 Jarvis Landry- 50+ yards in a single play receiving and rushing. Had 2 TD’s
Week 15 Jabrill Peppers Int, deflected pass, game winning sack
Week 16 Offensive Coordinator Freddie Kitchens
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