By CJ Carlson
Baker Mayfield has officially made history as the first opposing quarterback to ever post a perfect passer rating at Lambeau Field. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signal caller refused to lose, and it felt like every time he dropped back to pass, he was finding an open receiver.
During the Buccaneers big win against the Green Bay Packers, Mayfield threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns. He completed 22 of his 28 passing attempts as well to get him a perfect 158.3 passer rating. Not only was this a generational type of day for Mayfield, but it was also the most points that the Buccaneers have ever scored at the stadium. But going back to the perfect passer rating, it was the only time anybody had ever done that in Green Bay dating back to 1980. This was the first perfect passer rating of Baker’s career as well.
Baker Mayfield Has Been Critical To Their Success
Baker Mayfield signed with Tampa Bay in the offseason on just a one-year prove it deal. Since joining the team, he has them at a 7-7 record and in first place of the division, with the chance to control their own destiny. They play the Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, and the Carolina Panthers in the final three weeks. If they win out, they get a home playoff game. Just that possibility alone has the team thinking about holding onto Mayfield long-term, especially with the rapport that he’s developed with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
When asked about Mayfield’s importance to the team, head coach Todd Bowles said, “He’s meant everything. From a mental standpoint to a quarterback standpoint, making plays. From a toughness standpoint. From a leadership standpoint. He’s done everything. He’s checked all the boxes.
He’s doing all the right things now and I can’t say enough about him.” This season, Baker has thrown for 3,315 yards, 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He’s 12thin the league in passing yards, eighth in passing touchdowns, and 17th in quarterback rating. There’s no question that Mayfield is setting himself up for a nice payday in 2024.