Winner: Baker Mayfield
Hating on Baker Mayfield has proven to be the FTX of hot takes, and the stock continues to plummet.
It was yet another bad week for the Baker doubters, as Mayfield had his best performance of the season on just about every level. He was on fire in the win, throwing for 246 yards and three touchdowns while only committing one turnover. He once again showed a grittiness that the rest of the team fed off of, and added to his growing portfolio of angry runs.
Whether it was scrambling for first downs or putting his body on the line to extend plays, Baker had one of the gutsiest performances we've seen out of a Bucs quarterback since -- well, since he did it three weeks ago in Minnesota.
Baker's final touchdown pass of the game -- one that daggered the Saints -- combined all of the things he's been doing well so far this season. He showed patience in the pocket, used his legs to extend the play, and threw a dime to Deven Thompkins for the score.
That's not the Baker Mayfield folks are used to seeing, but it's been a pleasant sight for Bucs fans who are quickly falling in love with him. After the game, Baker told the media that the narrative is starting to flip, which speaks to both how the team is being perceived as well as the quarterback leading the charge.