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It's Baker Mayfield time in Cleveland. 


After two and a half games as the backup to Tyrod Taylor, Baker Mayfield finally got a chance to take his first professional snap Thursday night right before halftime with the Cleveland Browns trailing 14-0. A little more than 31 minutes of game time later, it was 21-17 Browns and Mayfield had won his first NFL game. 


Now while head coach  Hue Jackson hasn't officially named Mayfield the starter yet, after his performance he made a great case to be starting against the Oakland Raiders in Week 4 and beyond. But now that we've addressed the starter controversy, it's time to move on to bigger things, like Rookie of the Year.

That's right, Baker has played exactly one half of football through three games and is already the betting favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year. He's actually tied with Sam Darnold at +200 and Darnold did not look nearly as good as Mayfield did Thursday night. Saquon Barkley is third at +410 and then the odds jump all the way up to Josh Allen at +2400. 


The individual stats for Mayfield weren't exceptionally impressive on paper, 17-for-23 for 201 yards, but extrapolate that over an entire game and he would have thrown for nearly 400 yards. Also, completing 74 percent of your passes is pretty good for a veteran, let alone a rookie. In the same game, Darnold completed 48 percent of his passes.


So Mayfield finally got a chance to play and he shined on national television. Given how the other highly-touted offensive rookies have looked through two weeks, it's no wonder the No. 1 overall pick is the newest favorite for Rookie of the Year. Now they just have to give him the starting job.


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