On Sunday, the Cleveland Browns went into Nissan Stadium in Nashville and defeated the Tennessee Titans, 41-35.
The Browns’ stock as a team continues to rise in the NFL, as they swept the AFC South division in 2020:
That's 4-0 vs. the AFC South 🧹 pic.twitter.com/nTMJM0RTBr
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 6, 2020
The Browns impressively led the now 8-4 Titans, 38-7, at halftime.
The passing game led the way for Cleveland as Kevin Stefanski’s team jumped out to the large lead.
With the Browns finishing off the Titans for their ninth victory, just three NFL teams have more wins than Cleveland this season.
The Browns take their four-game winning streak into the final quarter of the regular season.
Here are the two Browns who have their stock booming after Sunday’s victory:
1. Baker Mayfield
After an opening drive field goal by Cody Parkey, Baker Mayfield went to work against the Titans defense.
On every one of the next four Browns drives, Mayfield threw a passing touchdown.
In doing so, he matched Otto Graham’s record from 1951:
Baker Mayfield is the first #Browns QB since Otto Graham in 1951 to score 4 TDs in the 1st half
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) December 6, 2020
Then, the final drive of the first half ended with a Nick Chubb one-yard score.
The touchdown gave the Browns a 31-point lead, and Mayfield was the main man behind that lead.
He threw touchdowns to offensive tackle Kendall Lamm and wide receivers Jarvis Landry, Donovan Peoples-Jones, and Rashard Higgins.
During the contest, Mayfield connected with nine different receivers, and he was even on the receiving end of a six-yard pass from Landry.
Mayfield’s final line from the contest was the following: 25 completions, 33 attempts, 334 passing yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions, and zero times sacked.
The Browns offensive line, which was recently ranked as the best in the NFL, showed off on Sunday.
They helped Mayfield on his way to a third-down conversion rate of 10-for-16 in the win.
Meanwhile, the Titans offense was 2-for-10 on the other side of the football.
Mayfield and company also had a very strong time possession: 36:46 to the Titans’ 23:14.
Looking forward, Mayfield has a revenge game in Week 14.
The Monday Night Football matchup against the visiting Baltimore Ravens is the perfect time for Mayfield to continue to show the football world how strong he is looking.
The Browns kicked off the 2020 season with a 38-6 loss to the Ravens, but this time around, Cleveland is riding its second four-game winning streak of the season.
If Mayfield and the Browns can continue their success, they will have their first double-digit win season since 2007.
2. Rashard Higgins
As the Browns are flying high late in 2020, Mayfield is finding new receivers that he can depend on for the end of the regular season and beyond.
In the absence of Odell Beckham Jr., Rashard Higgins is showcasing his talent.
He played a season-high 49 snaps on Sunday, and the fourth Mayfield touchdown came on a 17-yard grab by Higgins:
Touchdown 4️⃣ today… 🔥
— BROWNS OR DIE 💀 (@BrownsorDie) December 6, 2020
When Higgins is on the field this season, the Browns seem to have a lot of success.
He has played more than 35 snaps in six contests this season, and the Browns are 6-0 in those games.
On May 8, 2020, the Browns signed Higgins to another one-year contract.
He appears ready to be in line for a better contract for next season.
However, he will have to continue to produce if he wants to show to Browns fans that he can be a key contributor in future years.
Higgins has just three games of more than 50 receiving yards this season.
His Week 13 touchdown was his first since October 18.
As of right now, Higgins’ stock is rising, and he will have to continue the upward trajectory against the Ravens.