Baker Mayfield takes a shot at Astros after being accused of cheating against Vikings

Some NFL fans are annoyed that Baker Mayfield figured out the Vikings defense in less than a half.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Minnesota Vikings
Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Minnesota Vikings / Adam Bettcher/GettyImages

It was a real tough Sunday for all of the experts who spent the entire offseason dumping on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Bucs marched up to Minnesota and beat a Vikings team that many of those same experts predicted would win the NFC North. Baker Mayfield turned in a gutsy performance that featured gnarly stiff arms, a hardcore scramble, and a clutch game-winning thrown.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, the Bucs win is already getting marked with an asterisk.

After the game, running back Rachaad White told reporters that Baker fired the team up at halftime by revealing that he had figured out the Vikings defensive signals. Rather than give Mayfield credit for displaying great football IQ, he's being dragged as a cheater who stole signs.

Naturally, when addressing this, Mayfield invoked another infamous sign-stealing scandal.

Baker Mayfield takes a shot at Astros after being accused of cheating

Mayfield spoke to the media on Wednesday and defended himself by taking a shot at the Houston Astros.

This whole 'scandal' is absolutely stupid, and Baker is clearly not about to let it rain on the Bucs parade. It's not his fault the Vikings can't disguise their defensive signals, and he owes them no favors in not using their ignorance against them.

It would be different if Bucs coaches were relaying him information, or if players were colluding to steal signs and use them during the game. White's comments basically put that notion to rest.

Rather than giving Baker his flowers, his high IQ in-game adjustment is being turned into a negative. Go figure, though, as that's been the national narrative all offseason; why change course now?

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