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Baker Mayfield: Record against winning teams

Baker Mayfield is one of the quarterbacks for the Carolina Panthers. This comes after an off-season trade sending Mayfield to Carolina for a conditional 2024 5th-round pick.

While on the Browns, Baker Mayfield broke the NFL rookie passing touchdown record during his rookie season in 2018. It should be noted that the record was broken the following year by Justin Herbert.

Mayfield experienced a bit of a second-year slump during his second campaign. His 3rd year was back on track after the Browns brought in Kevin Stefanski as Head Coach. Stefanski did an excellent job elevating Mayfield’s game. His most recent season was filled with injuries and below-average play. That is ultimately what lead to his trade.

Let’s take a look at how much of that success has translated into wins against teams with a winning record.

The reason for QB wins

I started to dive into this stat for every quarterback because the new hot argument is to say that a certain quarterback didn’t beat any good teams. I often see people use this argument to say players like Kirk Cousins and Matthew Stafford are not good and just put up empty stats. At the end of the day, there is much more to the story.

First off and most importantly, quarterback wins are a team statistic. Secondly, very few quarterbacks in the NFL have a winning record against teams who finished the season above .500 in the league.

There are a lot of moving parts involved in football. While winning and losing is the most important stat, it is one that unfairly gets attributed to quarterbacks.

What is Baker Mayfield’s record against winning teams?

Since entering the NFL in 2018, Baker Mayfield is 7-21 (.250) against teams that finished the season with a winning record.

In 2021, Baker Mayfield was 1-7 (.125) against winning teams as the starting quarterback.

  • Chiefs (loss)
  • Chargers (loss)
  • Cardinals (loss)
  • Steelers (loss)
  • Bengals (win)
  • Patriots (loss)
  • Packers (loss)
  • Steelers (loss)

In 2020, Baker Mayfield was 3-3 (.500) against winning teams as the starting quarterback.

  • Ravens (loss)
  • Colts (win)
  • Steelers (loss)
  • Titans (win)
  • Ravens (loss)
  • Steelers (win)

In 2019, Baker Mayfield was 2-6 (.250) against winning teams as the starting quarterback.

  • Titans (loss)
  • Rams (loss)
  • Ravens (win)
  • 49ers (loss)
  • Seahawks (loss)
  • Patriots (loss)
  • Bills (win)
  • Ravens (loss)

In 2018, Baker Mayfield was 1-5 (.166) against winning teams as the starting quarterback.

  • Ravens (win)
  • Chargers (loss)
  • Steelers (loss)
  • Chiefs (loss)
  • Texans (loss)
  • Ravens (loss)

What quarterbacks have a winning record against winning teams?

As seen on our master QB record vs winning teams chart, there are only a handful of NFL quarterbacks that have a record above .500 against winning teams.

You can digest that information on your own. The only thing I want you to take away from this is that it is extremely rare to have a winning record against teams that finished the season with a winning record.

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