Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield claims his team has adopted the playoff mentality ahead of their key Week 17 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns, who own a 10-5 record, had a chance to earn a playoff spot last week but they suffered a shock 23-16 loss to the 2-13 New York Jets.
This week, the Browns host the Pittsburgh Steelers and they need to win the game in order to secure a playoff berth. Mayfield and his teammates have to perform much better this week if they want to prolong their season and avoid blowing a great chance to make the postseason for the first time in years.
“The mentality here is we’re in our playoffs, just one week early. It’s win or go home,” Mayfield said, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “That’s the mentality for our guys. We have the talent.
We have the scheme. We just have to go out there and execute it and do our jobs. And when we’ve had success this year, that’s been the case. “Everybody knows it’s win or go home. There’s no need to stress it anymore.
There’s no need to add any pressure. It’s just about us going and doing our job”.
Mayfield ready for the occasion
Mayfield, who was selected at No. 1 in the 2018 NFL draft, is set for one of the biggest games of his career.
"I’ve had my back against the wall many a times in my life,” Mayfield said. “I think I handle that type of stuff correctly. “These are the moments you ask for. When you’re little, you dream of playing in the games where it comes down to you have the ball in your hands and you want to take care of business”.
After a shock loss to the Jets, Mayfield took the full blame and acknowledged that he had to perform much better in such a big game. "Plain and simple, I have to hold on to the damn ball," Mayfield acknowledged after the game.
"We had exactly what we needed to win this game. And I didn't do good enough. That's it." Mayfield finished the game 28-of-53 for 285 yards, three fumbles, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. "Put it on me for not doing my job, for not playing at a high level like I should have, for not getting these guys going and finishing out this game," Mayfield added. It remains to be seen if Mayfield can lead the Browns to a win over the Steelers.