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Browns Have Plenty to Worry About With Baker Mayfield Despite Domination of Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 16: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns looks for a receiver during their game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
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Is anybody else still finding it impossible to fathom how the Cleveland Browns didn't thump the New York Jets by 30 points last night on Monday Night Football?

While the Browns defense delivered an imposing performance, as they should against a Sam Darnold-less Jets offense, Baker Mayfield and Co. were genuinely infuriating all night long.

New York's defense is no joke, but they were missing stars CJ Mosley, Quinnen Williams and Avery Williamson. Despite those narratives working in significant favor of Cleveland, they could only muster 23 points on the scoreboard.

That tally was at 16 and it could have stayed there until the clock showed zeroes if Odell Beckham Jr didn't school the jets secondary and take a 10-yard slant route 89 yards to the house.

Mayfield completed just 54% of his passes -- 19-of-35 for 325 yards (a mark inflated by OBJ's long TD) -- to go with a touchdown and interception.

All night long, the former Heisman Trophy winner was forcing the pigskin into double coverages instead of completing shorter passes to open receivers, the very same thing that sealed the Browns fate in Week 1 versus the Titans when he tossed three picks.

Forget his grip, that play personified another prevalent flaw in Baker's game: holding on to ball far too long because he's always looking for the home run play.

You aren't facing Big 12 defenses anymore, man. The NFL is about moving the sticks while sprinkling in a deep ball every now and then to pick up big chunks of yards.

Until he comes to terms with these facts, the Browns offense won't come close to meeting their lofty expectations, which is utterly exasperating given their star power.