Baker Mayfield’s horrible game was short lived.
The Browns quarterback was yanked late in the third quarter of Sunday’s 38-7 loss to the Steelers. A chest injury limited Mayfield in practice recently and made him doubtful to play against his division rivals. There’s no question it impacted his efficiency.
Mayfield’s first throw was intercepted by Minkah Fitzpatrick and returned for a touchdown. Cleveland punted on its next 3 possessions prior to Mayfield tossed another pick, this time to Cameron Sutton. That resulted in another touchdown for Pittsburgh, which led by 17 at the half and 24 by the time Browns coach Kevin Stefanski changed Mayfield with Case Keenum.
Mayfield finished 10 of 18 for 119 yards and a touchdown with 2 INTs, while taking 4 sacks and several other hits. Stefanski insisted later the QB switch should not be puzzled with a benching.
“Baker will start as long as he’s healthy, and I think he will be,” Stefanski told reporters. “… I didn’t want to see him get hit one more time.”
The Steelers (5-0) still unbeaten while Cleveland (4-2) squandered a possibility to take at least a share of first in the AFC North.