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The Cleveland Browns’ playoff hopes are hanging by a thread, and some are already viewing their 24-22 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Christmas as the final nail in the coffin. Though Cleveland scored 10 unanswered points in the second half to make the final score close, the Browns turned the ball over four times — all four coming off the arm of quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Mayfield’s four interceptions marked a career-high, and three came in the first half. It’s not exactly what you want to see from your former No. 1 overall pick on a national stage, and it’s certainly not something Mayfield wanted to happen as he’s in a contract year. Despite a terrible performance, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski is confident his quarterback will bounce back, and believes he will be better for the struggles.
“Baker told you guys, I’m sure the other night, he didn’t play up to his standard. And we expect him to play at a high level,” Stefanski said, via Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot, (H/T NFL.com). “I think confidence-wise, with the quarterback position, you get too much credit, you get too much blame. And that’s just how it is. And he’ll bounce back and I think he’ll be better for it.”
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