Washington Football Team: Dwayne Haskins Needs to Beat Baker Mayfield

Heading into Week 3 of the NFL season, there will be plenty of storylines. However, one that really stands out is that Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins has a chance to outduel Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield.

Haskins was drafted 15th overall during the 2019 NFL draft and Mayfield was the first overall pick in 2018.

I understand Mayfield was not in the same draft as Dwayne, but Haskins has a chance to show that he’s improved and that he can play better than another young QB.

There’s been so much buzz around Baker on the college and pro levels, but he still has room for improvement as a Brown.

Haskins has a chance to shut up the haters and doubters to some extent. But, to do that against a Cleveland defense with a lot of talent would be huge.

There’s really no room for error and I believe Haskins understands this.

The Washington Football Team could always try to replace Haskins with another QB in the draft or with Alex Smith if possible.

It’s already worth noting that Haskins has zero interceptions through the first two weeks of the NFL campaign.

However, the Ohio State product has been sacked seven times and his o-line will have to step up against Cleveland which has Myles Garrett and Adrian Clayborn.

The Time Is Now

With all the hype around young quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Jard Goff, Deshaun Watson, Justin Herbert, and others, it’s time for Haskins to let the world know that he can be one of the better young signal-callers as well.

Yeah, Dwayne Haskins doesn’t have to be on the same level that Mahomes and Jackson are on, but he does need to let people know, “hey you have to hype me up now. I’m better than Baker Mayfield.”

I thought it was huge that Haskins and Washington fought back against Philadelphia in Week 1 and it should set the tone for the rest of the season.

I’m not expecting Washington to be a playoff team, but this could be a turning point.

Bad Baker

I have not been impressed with Baker Mayfield so far this season.

Last week against Cincinnati, Baker had only 23 pass attempts as the Browns were leading with their rushing attack.

Nick Chubb ran the ball 22 times for 124 yards and two touchdowns. His buddy Kareem Hunt tallied 10 rushes for 86 yards and a score.

Versus Baltimore, Mayfield had 39 pass attempts and collected only 21 completions, 189 yards, one score, and one pick.

Washington can certainly bring the heat upfront with studs like Chase Young, Matt Ioannidis, Ryan Kerrigan, and others.

Playoff Pressure

If Haskins helps Washington move to 2-1 on the season and kicks Baker and the Browns to 1-2, then more pressure falls on the shoulders of Mayfield.

Since the Browns are in a tough AFC North, they’ll have to win early and often in order to fight for a wild card spot let alone a division crown.

If Washington and Haskins can keep pace with Dallas, they’ll definitely have a chance to contend for the NFC East title. and it brings positive thoughts and opinions to the growth of Haskins.

Yes, I’m sure this game will be ignored by many. But, you can’t tell me there are no reputations at stake in this Week 3 showdown on Sunday.

Do you believe Dwayne Haskins has to prove he can outduel Baker Mayfield? Leave a comment below.

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