CLEVELAND — Statistically, Baker Mayfield played a fair-to-middling game on Sunday, completing 12 of his 22 pass attempts for 204 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions and one touchdown in the Cleveland Browns' 22-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Yet despite his mundane statistical output, you would have been hard-pressed to find anyone having more fun at FirstEnergy Stadium than Mayfield, who celebrated another big day by Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt harder than the running backs themselves did.
“We have the best backfield in the league. There is no question. Those guys are top five backs each, and there is something special," Mayfield said. "We have great guys up front and our tight ends are involved in that run game, but those two guys are extremely special.
"I get more excited when Nick and Kareem make great plays than when I do just to be quite honest with you guys. I love watching those guys run. I’m very happy to have them on our team. Whatever it takes to win, I don’t care if that’s handing the ball off every single time. We are happy to go 1-0 each week. We have two great backs.”
Mayfield's fun extended to his postgame press conference, where he quoted Snoop Dogg to describe the performance of the Browns defense, which was without its best player, Myles Garrett, on Sunday.
"When they knew that Myles was out, they knew they had to get funky on the field, and just like an old batch of collard greens," in a nod to Snoop Dogg's verse in 'Nuthin' but a "G" Thang.' "They just played well together."
The vintage pop culture references didn't stop there. Asked to describe Hunt's hurdle on a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, the No. 1 pick of the 2018 NFL Draft paid homage to a Nintendo classic.
“It was like he never stops going up," Mayfield said. "I mean he jumped and just kept levitating. It is like a Super Mario double-bounce. I do not know."
As they say, to the victor goes the spoils. And based on Mayfield's behavior during and after the game on Sunday, it wasn't difficult to tell whether or not he played for the winning team.