Tampa: Baker Mayfield Is On Pace To Have His Best NFL Season
Don’t look now, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in first place atop the NFC South. With their win over the Atlanta Falcons, the Bucs currently hold the tie-breaker. In addition, their quarterback Baker Mayfield is quietly on pace to have his best personal season of his NFL career.
Mayfield threw for 144 yards and two touchdowns vs. the Falcons. This bumped up his season total to 20 touchdowns (with eight interceptions), and 2,934 yards. In his first year with Bucs organization, Mayfield has been a solid addition to the team. It’s certainly no easy task to replace Tom Brady, on the field or in the locker room. However, Mayfield has had a calm confidence to his game that the team has certainly taken to. There’s a reason he wears the captain’s “C” patch on his uniform in his first year here, and it’s not only because he is the quarterback.
Here’s How Mayfield’s Stats Compare So Far
The former number-one overall back out of Oklahoma is now in his sixth NFL season. The Bucs are the fourth team he has played for. Mayfield’s best seasons prior to this year were his rookie year with Cleveland (27 TDs, 3,725 yards) and in 2020 (26 TDs, 3,563 yards). Currently, Mayfield is on pace to hit 26 touchdowns, and throw for 3,837 yards.
The next two games see the Bucs play other divisions. Next Sunday they will be in Green Bay to take on the Packers. Then, on Christmas Eve they return home to play fellow Floridians, the Jacksonville Jaguars. The season will likely come down to the last two games of the year, where the Bucs battle out the NFC South vs. in-division rivals, the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers. The Bucs will need Mayfield to continue his leadership and solid play in order to keep hold of the division and head into the playoffs.
Great Players Bring Out The Best In Their Teammates
Mayfield will also have the help of his Pro Bowl number one receiver Mike Evans. To further emphasize the excellent season Mayfield is having, Evans too, is putting up high numbers. In just 12 games, Evans has ten touchdowns and 1,020 yards. He has the most receiving yards on the team in 8 games this year. Evans’ personal bests include 14 touchdowns in 2021, and 1,524 yards in 2018. Evans already has the longest touchdown of his career this season, a 75-yarder during the first game vs. the Panthers.