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BEREA https://www.brownsfanshop.com/Rashard-Higgins-Jersey , Ohio (AP) — Back when their chances of playing quarterback in the NFL were still in the dream stages, Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield sat in an apartment near Texas Tech’s campus and played video games.It was 2013.Three years later, they appeared to do the same thing on the field.“It was a basketball score,” Mayfield recalled.“That game was crazy,” Mahomes said, remembering the October night in 2016 when he and Mayfield re-wrote the NCAA record book.The quarterbacks and friends will renew their old rivalry — and perhaps embark on a new one as pros — Sunday when Mahomes leads Kansas City and the Chiefs‘ high-flying, high-octane offense, into Cleveland to play Mayfield and the Browns, who are again in disarray following the firings this week of coach Hue Jackson and coordinator Todd Haley.The previous time they met between the hash marks, Mahomes and Mayfield put on a stunning statistical show unlike anything college football had seen before.They combined for 12 touchdown passes, 1,279 yards passing and broke the total yardage mark with 1,708 yards — 854 for each school.Looking back, Mayfield, who threw seven TD passes to Mahomes’ five and led the Sooners to a 66-59 win, still can’t fathom what happened.“That was my ‘Welcome back to Lubbock’ moment,” said Mayfield, who began his college career as a walk-on at Texas Tech before transferring.“Weird things happen in Lubbock, Texas Joe Thomas Jersey , on Saturday nights. It is pretty funny, Oklahoma goes back to Lubbock this weekend and then I am playing Pat on Sunday.”Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who has replaced Jackson as Cleveland’s interim coach, shook his head in disbelief when given details of the Mahomes-Mayfield shootout.“Oh, my gosh,” he said. “Setting defenses back a thousand years.”No one — not even the quarterbacks themselves — could have envisioned their first meeting five years ago when Mayfield hosted Mahomes on his recruiting trip to Texas Tech would blossom into a friendship and maybe the NFL’s next great QB duel.Mayfield was aware of Mahomes’ background and talent — son of a major league baseball player, bazooka-like arm — but then got to know him personally during that weekend visit. What Mayfield quickly learned was that, like him, Mahomes is a natural leader.“Patrick has always been an easygoing guy,” Mayfield said. “That is why those teammates he has always had play for him so hard. He gets their respect not just based on talent — that’s easy to respect — but based on who he is as a person. He just has that presence about him that you want to be around. You gravitate towards that so it is fun to see him grow.”And my, has Mahomes grown.The 22-year-old leads the league with 26 TD passes and 2,526 yards. He threw six TD passes in Week 2 against Pittsburgh, and Mahomes has made as many jaw-dropping, highlight-reel worthy plays this season as many QBs have in a career.Mahomes’ arm strength has drawn rave reviews. Ask any coach, player, scout or reporter who has seen him play about him, and there’s usually a tale about one of his throws.Mayfield said he’s “absolutely” jealous of Mahomes’ rocket right arm.“There was a play in that college game, he was rolling to his left, flicked it and it went about 65 in the air for a touchdown back of the end zone Chris Hubbard Color Rush Jersey ,” Mayfield said, remembering the OU-Texas Tech classic in ’16. “He does stuff that you can’t even think of even being possible.”Mayfield was surprised Mahomes wasn’t taken in 2017 with the No. 1 pick, which ended up being Browns defensive end Myles Garrett.“Talent-wise, I thought he should have been. I love Myles but,” Mayfield said with a smile.“Coming from the Texas Tech system, there are always your skeptics about people doubting the fact that all he did was sit back there and throw the ball. He threw it 88 times in our game, but when it comes down to it, throwing the ball is throwing the ball, and he is really good at it.”So is Mayfield.While Mahomes only started one game as a rookie last season, Mayfield was thrust into the lineup in Week 3 when Tyrod Taylor was hurt.Mayfield doesn’t have nearly the same supporting cast as Mahomes, but he’s put up respectable numbers and feels he’s learning with every snap.“His talent is through the roof,” Mahomes said of Mayfield. “He is going to keep getting better every single week. He has already had a lot of success. The sky is the limit for him.”On Sunday, they’ll go at it again — pass for pass, play for play — in what appears to be a mismatch with the Chiefs rolling and the Browns reeling.But beyond the score, the NFL could get its first glimpse at a budding QB rivalry. It’s not Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning, but that one started somewhere too.“I would absolutely not say that it going to be Brady-Manning right now, but it is humbling to be in that conversation,” Mayfield said.“If he keeps playing that way, there is no reason why it would not be on his side of things. Now https://www.brownsfanshop.com/Seth-Devalve-Jersey , I just have to pick up my side and play better.” BALTIMORE (3-1) at CLEVELAND (1-2-1)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSOPENING LINE — Baltimore by 1 ½RECORD VS. SPREAD — Baltimore 3-1, Cleveland 3-1SERIES RECORD — Ravens lead 29-9LAST MEETING — Ravens beat Browns 17-10, Dec. 17, 2017LAST WEEK — Ravens beat Steelers 26-14; Browns lost to Raiders 45-42, OTAP PRO32 RANKING — Ravens No. 5, Browns No. 23RAVENS OFFENSE — OVERALL (10), RUSH (23), PASS (8).RAVENS DEFENSE — OVERALL (2), RUSH (4), PASS (4).BROWNS OFFENSE — OVERALL (19), RUSH (2), PASS (24).BROWNS DEFENSE — OVERALL (25), RUSH (23), PASS (24).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Ravens have allowed only nine points and no touchdowns in second half. … Baltimore has won five straight and 18 of past 20 meetings with Cleveland — all under coach John Harbaugh. … Baltimore hopes to have CB Jimmy Smith, who missed first four games serving NFL suspension for violating personal conduct policy. …. Smith’s return could end 164-game starting streak of CB Brandon Carr. … Ravens TE Hayden Hurst could make NFL debut Sunday. Top draft pick was out after foot surgery. … Baltimore WR John Brown ranks third in NFL with 22.5 yards per catch, has team-high three TD receptions. … Ravens QB Joe Flacco has eight TD passes Kevin Zeitler Jersey , only two INTs. … Ravens have scored at least 20 points in 13 straight games, longest current run in NFL. … Baltimore allowing NFL-best 5.31 yards per passing attempt under first-year defensive coordinator Don Martindale. … Ravens allowing only 27.8 percent conversion rate on third downs, have stopped all three tries on fourth down. … Baltimore LB Terrell Suggs ranks 15th in NFL history with 128 sacks, 2½ his year. … Ravens K Justin Tucker owns 90.2 success rate on FGs, best in NFL history. Only miss this season was blocked. … Browns rookie QB Baker Mayfield makes second start, first at home. … Mayfield passed for 295 yards and two TDs last week, but had four turnovers (two picks, two fumbles). … QB Tyrod Taylor expected to back up Mayfield after being inactive last week with back injury. … Browns hope to get rookie RB Nick Chubb more touches. He had 105 yards on three carries last week, scoring on runs of 63, 41 yards. According to Elias, Chubb is first back out of 1,200 to rush for at least 100 yards and score twice on three carries or less. … Browns DE Myles Garrett has 4 1-2 sacks this season and 11 1-2 in 15 career games. He made career-best nine tackles last week. … Browns’ 13 takeaways lead league and match entire 2017 total. … Defense has also forced league-best 34 negative plays. … Browns last won consecutive home games in 2014. Fantasy tip: Browns RB Carlos Hyde has five TDs, is only back in league to score TD in each game. Hyde’s carries could be reduced if Chubb’s used more, but veteran still go-to guy inside red zone.
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