It is now official.
There are so many ironies associated with the schedule and this matchup, and NFL fans had plenty of reactions.
Here are a few of those most interesting.
1. No One Will Say It Out Loud But It’s A Revenge Game
Mayfield will not admit it, and neither will the Browns, but both desperately want to win this game to prove themselves after a tumultuous offseason.
This is more than just a regular season game for everyone involved.
One fan called it a “revenge game” for Mayfield.
— the Steel Curtain (@Sports_PS4gamer) August 22, 2022
2. Predictions On How This Impacts The Browns Season Opener Losing Streak
One of the ironies is that the Browns have not won a season opener since 2004.
Mayfield was involved in three of those losses (2019-2021) with the Browns.
Now the Browns will try to end that streak at the expense of their former No. 1 overall draft pick and QB1.
The Browns haven't won Week 1 since 2005, which means:
– Baker Mayfield has a chance to extend his former team's losing streak
– The Browns have a chance to break the streak against him pic.twitter.com/IgfMSfYVrU
— Vivid Picks (@VividPicks) August 22, 2022
Some believe it will be odd and perhaps amusing if Baker bests his former team and continues the Browns’ drought of winning season openers.
Baker Mayfield finally breaking the streak as a member of the Carolina Panthers would honestly be perfect. https://t.co/3ZqWpUdvGg
— Colb (@___Colb___) August 22, 2022
3. Predictions On How Mayfield Will Perform In The Game
There are still a variety of opinions on Mayfield’s skills and abilities.
I can’t wait to watch the nfl media try desperately to push the “Baker Mayfield is gonna go full revenge mode against the Browns 😈” and then watch him go 14-38 with 3 picks.
— Branden Gilbert (@Branden_Gilbert) August 22, 2022
Branden Gilbert is predicting a subpar Mayfield performance that will involve three interceptions.
He is not alone with this assessment.
He’ll get sacked 3 times by Myles Garrett and intercepted twice by the Browns defense—one for a pick 6.
— Mr. Johnny (@StreetWiseEA) August 22, 2022
Mr. Johnny has Myles Garrett letting Baker know what it is like to be an opposing quarterback to the tune of 3 sacks.
He also believes a Pick 6 will be in the works for the Browns’ defense.
This game likely only had regional interest among Carolina and Cleveland’s fanbases until Mayfield was named the Panthers QB1.
Now there will be plenty of eyes on Mayfield and his former team as they navigate this awkward reunion.