Giants vs Panthers Live Nfl Football Week 5 .CLEVELAND, Ohio — Baker Mayfield will make his first start at FirstEnergy Stadium, but he couldn’t have picked a more formidable defense to do it against.
Not only are the No. 2 in total defense and No. 2 on third down, they’re brutal to rookie quarterbacks. Since 2008 under John Harbaugh, they’re 15-5 against rookie QBs, including 7-0 against those wearing Browns colors.
Mayfield (59.4 completion percentage, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, 81.3 rating) will have to be particularly aware of safety Eric Weddle and linebacker Terrell Suggs, who will go against rookie left tackle Desmond Harrison.
Mayfield doesn’t have a strong enough receiving corps right now to take advantage of his exceptional arm talent. Antonio Callaway (10 catches on 24 targets for 155 yards and a TD) has been struggling early in games, and might have his reps cut on Sunday. Help could be on the way. The Browns will work out former Titans receiver Rishard Matthews on Monday.
John Harbaugh has feasted on the Browns, going 18-2, and Joe Flacco is 17-2.
Flacco is off to a hot start, ranking 14th in the NFL with a 96.9 rating. He’s thrown eight TDs against only two interceptions and is completing 64.3 of his passes. But he’s been sacked more than two times a game, and the Ravens are vulnerable up the middle.
He also holds the ball longer than Derek Carr, so Myles Garrett and company can make things tough on him.
If Garrett can dominate like he did against the Steelers, the Browns have a chance. But Mayfield could struggle against this rookie-destroying Ravens’ D.