Baker Mayfield has a rooting interest in the Cowboys-Steelers game
Mayfield is rooting for his old Browns teammate, Garrett Gilbert, who spent time in Cleveland during the 2019 season. Since, Gilbert thrived in the now-defunct AAF, and found a spot on the Cowboys practice squad. But with the injuries at the QB position, Dallas has nothing to lose, so they threw the veteran Gilbert in the fire. It’s worked out well for them early against Pittsburgh, as the Cowboys have an early lead against the Steelers.
A win over the undefeated Steelers would be unforeseen and arguably the biggest upset of the football season. Gilbert playing any role in that — which he has to this point — would secure his status as Cowboys starter moving forward.
Mayfield isn’t just rooting against the Steelers because he can
Yes, Steelers fans will be angry with Mayfield, who obviously plays with one of their biggest rivals in Cleveland. But football goes beyond cities and divisional rivalries, and Gilbert had an impact on Mayfield during the duos times playing together in Cleveland.
The Steelers handled the Browns with ease just a few weeks back. Since, Cleveland is still trying to find its offensive identities without the likes of Nick Chubb and Odell Beckham, Jr. This week, Mayfield was placed on the COVID-19/reserve list after coming in contact with someone who had the virus. Hopefully, his condition will improve and he can be ready to play in Week 10 against the Houston Texans.
For now, though, Mayfield will have plenty of fun rooting against the Steelers, and for his friend to pull off the upset.