Baker Mayfield took his game to another level in the last three games and people noticed.
He was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for November, the league announced Thursday morning.
The Browns went 2-1 in November and Mayfield led the way. The No. 1 pick completed 73.9 percent for 771 yards, nine touchdowns, an interception and a 129.5 passer rating. He was sacked only twice, none in the last two games.
Mayfield is the first rookie in NFL history to record a 140-plus passer rating in consecutive games (minimum 20 attempts), doing so in the wins over Atlanta and Cincinnati. He’s the only rookie in NFL history with a 150-plus passer rating, posting a 151.2 in the 28-16 win over the Falcons.
The 35-20 victory over the Bengals on Sunday, in which Mayfield threw a Browns rookie-record four touchdown passes, snapped a 25-game road losing streak and gave the Browns back-to-back wins for the first time since 2014.
“He’s just sticking with what he knows,” running back Duke Johnson said Wednesday of the improved play. “He just keeps trusting the coaches and believing what they tell him, he’s going out there and making plays with his legs, extends plays and we’re trying to get open and staying open for him to throw the ball.”
Mayfield’s hot stretch coincided with the firing of coach Hue Jackson and coordinator Todd Haley, who was replaced by Freddie Kitchens.
Mayfield said there’s belief in what Kitchens is doing, along with changes to the scheme.
“As you guys kind of saw last week we spread people out, played a little bit more tempo,” Mayfield said. “We’ve shown tempo in the past, but it’s been kind of two-minute situations before half or end-of-the-game type stuff. Spreading people out and getting the ball out quickly is just a philosophy of creating numbers and mismatches by that.”
Left tackle Joe Thomas in November 2007 and quarterback Tim Couch in October 1999 are the only other Browns to win the monthly award. Cornerback Joe Haden won the defensive award in November 2010.