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Baker Mayfield’s first NFL start came inside Oakland’s notorious Black Hole.

No. 2 will be against some nasty black birds.

It can only get easier after this.

The top overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, Mayfield faces a major challenge in his first career home start on Sunday as the Browns play host to the Ravens. Baltimore’s ravenous, second-ranked defence has not given up a touchdown in the second half this season and made Steelers star QB Ben Roethlisberger look lost last week.

Now they get a rookie to feast upon.

Mayfield knows what awaits him.

“Baltimore has obviously been historically a great defensive franchise,” he said. “They trust what they are good at, and they are going to run it. They are playing well right now. I expect them to continue to do what they are good at and also throw a couple of wrinkles in there for me.”

For the most part, Mayfield handled everything the Raiders threw his way a week ago in his first career start, a 45-42 loss in overtime. Showing some of the same poise and playmaking ability that made him a college star, Mayfield passed for 295 yards and two touchdowns. However, he committed four turnovers and the Browns (1-2-1) blew a 14-point lead in the second half and dropped to 2-33-1 in coach Hue Jackson’s tenure.

Still, Mayfield, who came off the bench on Sept. 20 against the Jets and led the Browns to their first win since 2016, handled the adversity like a seasoned pro and converted a few more doubters into believers.

The Browns may have finally found their leader.

“I think Baker Mayfield is this generation’s Brett Favre or John Elway, if you will,” Ravens defensive co-ordinator Don Martindale said. “This guy knows where he wants to go with the ball, and he’s very accurate, has a quick release. He’s really playing well.

"Obviously, he’s playing well because they scored 42 points last week against Oakland, and they are the top 5 of scoring offence. So, I think he’s done a nice job filling in, and it seems like they have more rhythm with him as a rookie, every play he’s in there.”

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