4 bold predictions for the Carolina Panthers vs. Browns in Week 1
By Dean Jones
Baker Mayfield leads Carolina Panthers on a game-winning drive
The pressure on Baker Mayfield in Week 1 is enormous. Not only does the quarterback have to go up against old teammates and coaches, but the Carolina Panthers are also expecting the player to become a driving force that propels this franchise back to relevancy in 2022.
It’s not an easy predicament. But make no mistake, Mayfield thrives in environments such as this and especially when people are writing him off.
The former Oklahoma sensation has been calm and composed throughout what’s probably been a difficult week. Mayfield no doubt felt slighted by the Cleveland Browns this offseason, so emotions will be running high and something the signal-caller must harness positively to begin his time in Carolina on the right note.
Media across the country have been waiting for a controversial comment or interesting soundbite from Mayfield that didn’t arrive. This is in keeping with a fresh approach, steely determination, and making sure he puts himself in the best possible position to become the player the Panthers desperately need on and off the field.
As stated previously, this is likely to be a close-fought game that might go right to the wire. Something that’s reflected in the very narrow point spread which has flip-flopped in recent days.
Mayfield could find himself with a chance to come through in the clutch with a game-winning drive. Accomplishing this feat would be nothing short of sensational and provide the catalyst to what can become a successful campaign.