The Browns will head to Cincinnati on Sunday looking to bounce back from the 38-7 thrashing they suffered last week against Pittsburgh. The Bengals also had a tough Sunday, blowing a 21-point lead to the Colts, before eventually losing 31-27. This is a huge game for QB Baker Mayfield, as after a dreadful performance last week, there are some people who are questioning whether he is the Browns franchise quarterback. These two teams met in Week 2 with the Browns taking a 35-30 victory that sparked a four-game winning streak.
Key #1: Bounce-Back Game for Baker
Baker Mayfield threw eight touchdowns and three interceptions in the Browns’ four-game winning streak and he needs to play well if the Browns are to get back to their winning ways. In his five career games against the Bengals, he is 4-1 and has thrown 12 touchdowns and six interceptions in those five games. Mayfield is a player who needs to be feeling confident to play well and a win over the Bengals would be crucial for him. It would also quiet the talks that backup QB Case Keenum should be given an opportunity to start, which would be good for the team.