CLEVELAND, Ohio – Baker Mayfield is just the gift that Cleveland fans needed this season, especially after LeBron James' departure.
The love affair between Mayfield and the fans began when he came off the bench winning the Jets game in Week 3 and continued on Sunday with a 26:18 victory over the Bengals in the home final, bringing the Browns to 7 -7-1 (5: 1) and at home (5-2-1) were improved.
Last year's seven games Swing marked the biggest turn in team history, cementing Mayfield's status as Cleveland's new favorite son. He has put the Browns back on the NFL map, bringing them to respectability, and luring the lost generation of young Browns fans back to FirstEnergy Stadium ̵
He is single-handed, transforming the sadness factory into the factory of fortune in one season.
In the second half of the game, as Mayfield fired 19 and 14 yard passes on Jarvis Landry, a 17-yard touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins and a short pass for David Njoku, whom he took for 66 yards, sang the fans "Ba-ker!" Ba-ker!
"It's exciting," Mayfield said. "As long as I do my job, it's fun, but you have to be able to lock that out and focus on the game." Nevertheless, Mayfield (27-of-37, 284 yards, 3 TDs), 121.9, 0 sacks) admitted that his connection to the fans is growing.
"It's definitely a lot of fun," he said. "I do not think there is another way to describe it. It's not always pretty, but you go through good and bad times together. Lately, there has been much more good than bad.
"I expect this relationship to continue to grow. I'm referring to Cleveland. The work ethic, the stuff you have to earn here, that's what the Browns are all about. It will be a good relationship for a long time. After Mayfield witnessed the empty seats in the cold Panthers game here on December 9, Mayfield called on fans to brave the cold and be in full swing for the home final. Ticket sales rose the next day and on Friday all 67,985 had been canceled. Almost all the places were occupied, although the Browns were eliminated on Saturday by the victory of the Titans over the Redskins from the playoff competition.
"Yes, we talked about how we have to be proud when we play at home" We protect our own lawn, "said Mayfield. "I challenged the crowd and they turned up. It was a fun atmosphere, and I do not think anyone can say anything else.
It reminded interim coach Gregg Williams, who improved to 5-2, of what it was like when he came here later. 80s and early 90s.
"It's really cool and it was obvious," Williams said. "We talked about it on Thursday, Friday and then last night's meetings.
" We talked pretty much about this part of it. Let's give the fans something to rock & # 39; roll and cheer about it. Our players were thrilled I think it was great to see the fans have a nice Christmas. We talked about how we can help them to give them something, show our appreciation, and play as the Cleveland Browns should play.
After Higgins & # 39; TD had shot 23-0 in the third quarter, Mayfield was caught on the scoreboard and the fans cheered and they stood and roared.
"It was great," Center JC said Tretter. "Loud people noise, anything you want, they gathered behind their phone call, and they came out in droves, it was a great atmosphere."
He had the same distortion effect on his teammates as the fans.
When Bengal's defense ended, Carlos Dunlap pushed Mayfield off balance and fell on him. Mayfield's team-mates jumped in his defense, including Landry and Higgins.
"That shows how close we are," Mayfield said. "It's obviously a good feeling to know that people have your back, they have that feeling of mine, I also have my back, this is a real team, of course, no extracurricular activity is necessary, but that just shows what kind of Bond we have in the locker room. "
Landry said he wanted to help Mayfield was one of his fastest steps ever," but that's what we need to do. We have to get each other back, especially the quarterback. Sure, catch him, and he's seen the guy he made. That's it. But it's not personal, but if that's our quarterback. This is actually my brother, and we will only protect each other. That's it.
Higgins added, "I have my boy independent of everything, you know? And I would hope that my teammates have my back. I will not scare a defender. "
Dunlap said it was not confused.
"They came to defend their quarterback," he said. I'm not mad at her. I hope my boys will do the same. It was not a dirty game. I pushed him instead of hitting him. I would have liked to repel him, but I knew this was a tense situation, so I tried to make a smart game, a clean game. They (the officials) are looking for dirty games. They did not call it that you agreed with me. "
Mayfield also participated as a member of the paparazzi in the celebrations for the red carpet of the" Hollywood Higgins "and heated up the fans with his pre-program. Drum Reef to Phil Collins "In the Air Tonight."
"Winning is hard, so you have to enjoy it," Mayfield said. "That's what you see in such landscapes – the Chief Slam, Hollywood does his walk on the red carpet and just stuff. It's fun and fun to celebrate with your teammates. You go through so much, you enjoy it better.
Landry said it was no coincidence that the Browns had won five of their last six and scored TDs out of 18 of the last 22 in the red zone.
I just believe in each other, "said Landry. "We have been through a lot. Everyone and every guy, whether it was just personal, individual or collective as a team, at the beginning of the season were the things we went through and I think it has built us up and we have a very different level of respect for each other Brotherhood, and what we can be here is something special.
Mayfield stares at Jackson but is rude
Mayfield even ran the risk this week to tell teammates that they should give everything for the final two games or "They can get out."
You have to say it to set the standard, "he said," you have to say it to make sure we have the same team every week. A Team We are talking about the need to move forward each week and get better every week. Some of these things are reasons why I say these things.
Mayfield, who reached his record at 6-6, finished the game at a glance Brown's former coach Hue Jackson marginalized, who played in front of the crowd and added to his "My House" narrative.  "Absolutely, people must be afraid to come to Cleveland," he said. "You have to worry about playing around the lake with an exciting crowd, lots of noise and a team guarding their own lawn. That's the way it has to be.
And if Mayfield goes ahead, Brown's fans will all be witnesses.