Cleveland Browns spoil Baker Mayfield’s likelihood at revenge with late subject objective

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Baker Mayfield did not get his revenge in opposition to the Cleveland Browns, however he got here shut.

After trying dreadful for nearly three quarters, Mayfield led the Carolina Panthers to 17 fourth-quarter factors and the lead earlier than the Browns spoiled his revenge occasion with a 58-yard subject objective by rookie kicker Cade York with eight seconds left.

The 26-24 loss left Mayfield 0-4 in NFL openers, together with 0-3 with the Browns.

Mayfield was 10-for-19 for 101 yards with 4 balls tipped on the line of scrimmage, an interception and two sacks within the first half. He additionally muffed a snap within the shotgun.

His solely huge play within the half was a 50-yard completion to tight finish Ian Thomas, who was broad open down the center of the sector.

It obtained so dangerous that he was booed for the primary time after being pressured to throw the ball away below strain to finish the fifth of his seven possessions.

There additionally have been boos because the Panthers left for the locker room at halftime down 17-7. It was so dangerous that Quincy Avery, the non-public passing coach for Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, tweeted: “That’s the Baker we know and love.”

Mayfield finally showed some of the energy the Panthers were looking for out of him late in the third quarter and early into the fourth quarter with a touchdown drive he capped with a 7-yard scramble up the middle.

He then showed some of the emotion he has throughout his career, slamming the ball into the padded stadium wall after cutting the lead to 20-14.

After a Cleveland field goal, Mayfield threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Robbie Anderson to trim the lead to 23-21 with 6:02 remaining.

He then led Carolina to a go-ahead field goal with just over one minute to play, setting the stage for York’s game winner. Mayfield finished 16-for-27 for 235 yards.

The Browns traded for Watson during the offseason, prompting Mayfield to ask for a trade from the team that made him the first pick of the 2018 draft.

That happened on July 6, when the Panthers acquired Mayfield after the Browns agreed to pay $10.5 million of the quarterback’s 2022 salary ($18.9 million) and Mayfield agreed to take a $3.5 million salary cut that he can earn back in incentives.

He underwent what Carolina called an “open” competitors with 2021 starter Sam Darnold for the beginning job, though league sources stated it was Mayfield’s job to lose all alongside. He formally was named the starter on Aug. 22.

He by no means made a giant deal about going through his former group earlier than Sunday, saying it is a “good storyline” but he was focused on doing his job.

“Clearly, there’s quite a lot of attachment there,” Mayfield stated of the Browns. “I am not going to take a seat right here and be a robotic and say it does not imply something. It’ll.”

It was all hugs and smiles for Mayfield earlier than kickoff as he greeted a lot of his former teammates, coaches and executives.

There have been extra hugs and fewer smiles after the sport.