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Oklahoma NFL: Baker Mayfield vs. Patrick Mahomes

With many Oklahoma Sooners on bye this week in the NFL, the main attraction was, of course, the first matchup in the NFL between Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes since their storied duel as college stars in Lubbock two years ago. As Mahomes and the AFC West-leading Chiefs ultimately took care of the Baker’s Browns, 37-21, the former Sooner legend made his share of plays while being under pressure through most of the afternoon.

Mayfield finished 29-of-42 with 297 passing yards, two touchdowns and one pick. Both of his touchdowns were to running back Duke Johnson, who has quickly become one of his favorite targets.

The high-scoring Chiefs got out front by two possessions in the second quarter, but Baker brought the Browns back to make it a six-point game at half. Interim head coach and Bountygate mastermind Gregg Williams opted to go for two following each Browns touchdown. None of them were converted, but it was sort of fun to watch, I guess.

Something that was not fun to watch — the hits that Baker Mayfield continues to take, including one that prompted a brief exit from the game and an evaluation for a concussion late in the third quarter. With the porous offensive line that resides in Cleveland, the Browns coaching staff must figure out a way to help their young signal caller stay healthy or risk, well, everything.

OU fans know all too well when a promising, elite passer who was drafted No. 1 overall from their favorite college program has the misfortune of playing behind a poor offensive line through the formative years of a budding NFL career. Mayfield’s mobility is a plus that could keep him upright in a way perhaps Sam Bradford wasn’t ever able to, but nonetheless it is still worrying to witness another Sooner QB be fed to the wolves on Sundays as coaches continue to call long-developing pass plays to a sub-par, reception-challenged, wide receiver core instead of simplifying an offense that is clearly a work in progress.

While we’re here, I feel a candidate the Browns should target to fill their head coaching vacancy is Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. They would adopt not only the winning pedigree McDaniels would bring to a Browns team in desperate need of a coaching identity and philosophy, but also a quick-passing scheme that would make any quarterback’s job and life easier through the duration of a long and sustainable career. McDaniels’ first head coaching stint in Denver nearly a decade ago didn’t go as smoothly as planned, but his long-standing success is worthy of a second chance especially with a promising franchise QB firmly in place.

You still need an offensive line to play good football, but hiring McDaniels (or perhaps Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo) could prove to be promising for the Browns. This is probably a pipe dream, but hey, the Pats do owe general manager John Dorsey and the Browns for sending them Josh Gordon for the equivalent of a sandwich and a bag of mini-pretzels in September.

Alright, I’m done (for now). Here are how some other Sooners fared in Week 9 of the NFL season.


Chiefs running back and special teamer Damien Williams blocked a punt against the Browns. If anyone has copyright-infringement-free embeddable video of this play, please feel free to insert anywhere on this page.

In case you missed it, Landry Jones was picked up by the Jaguars last week.

Also, Sam Bradford was released by the Cardinals. A few teams are rumored to be interested in the 2010 No. 1 pick, including the Bills, 49ers and, yes, the Jacksonville Jaguars. I had to find a way to work in this tweet, because if the Jags were to cut Landry for Sammy B, that would be such a Landry Jones thing to happen to Landry Jones.

Adrian Peterson rushed nine times for 17 yards in Washington’s loss to the Falcons. Samaje Perine added two carries for 20 yards.

Rookie pass rusher and fan favorite Ogbonnia Okoronkwo has been activated by the Los Angeles Rams, bit not in time for him to see action this past weekend. The thought of Ogbo on this already-ferocious Rams defense is enough to make me start frantically running away from my computer like I’m about to get sacked.

Gerald McCoy assisted on two tackles and a sack in his return to action in the Buccaneers loss against the Panthers. Linebacker Devante Bond added two solo and two assisted tackles in the effort.

Rookie tight end Mark Andrews caught three passes for 50 yards in the Ravens loss against the Steelers. To be fair, though, his quarterback sucks.

Ravens safety Tony Jefferson recorded three solo and two assisted tackles in the losing effort. Orlando Brown also played in the game and did this.

Kenny Stills, back after missing a game with injury, caught one pass for 19 yards in the Dolphins win over the Jets.

These Sooners also saw action for their respective teams this weekend:

(*denotes starter)

*Tress Way (P – Washington), *Trent Williams (OT – Washington), James Winchester (LS – Chiefs), Jordan Phillips (DT – Bills)

The following Sooners were inactive or did not play in Week 9:

Jeff Badet (WR – Vikings, practice squad), Emmanuel Beal (LB – Seahawks, IR), Blake Bell (TE – Jaguars, Bye week), Aaron Colvin (CB – Texans), Jordan Evans (LB – Bengals, Bye week), Geneo Grissom (DE – Patriots), Jermaine Gresham (TE – Cardinals, Bye Week), Lane Johnson (RT –Eagles), Landry Jones (QB – Jaguars, Bye week), Stacy McGee (DT – Washington, PUP), Joe Mixon (RB – Bengals, Bye week), Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (LB – Rams), Steven Parker (S – Rams, practice squad), Sterling Shepard (WR – Giants, Bye week) Ahmad Thomas (LB – Colts, practice squad), Dede Westbrook (WR – Jaguars), Daryl Williams (OT – Panthers, IR)

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