Baker Mayfield shares what his cardinal sin was in loss to Chiefs
Baker Mayfield made some tremendous throws in the Cleveland Browns’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, but his biggest mistake will likely be in his focus for most throughout the offseason.
Mayfield had a pass intercepted by Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu deep in Cleveland territory in the second half. Mayfield tried to keep the play alive on 3rd-and-10 and thought he had Jarvis Landry open, but Mathieu knew exactly where the pass was going.
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The interception wasn’t all that costly, as the Chiefs missed a field goal on their ensuing possession. However, Mayfield said after Cleveland’s 22-17 loss that the throw was inexcusable.
#Browns Baker Mayfield said he committed “a cardinal sin” of throwing across his body on Mathieu pick
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Throwing across your body or off your back foot is almost always a bad idea in the NFL, and Mayfield did both. It’s rare that a quarterback would get away with that against a ball hawk like Mathieu.
The Browns had several opportunities to beat the Chiefs, especially after Patrick Mahomes left the game with a concussion. Their most costly mistake was this brutal fumble at the goal line, but Mayfield made it a point to hold himself accountable.