Baker Mayfield channels JuJu Smith-Schuster’s comments in fiery pregame Instagram post

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal] /

Baker Mayfield is using JuJu Smith-Schuster’s comments about his team as extra motivation.

When Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster called the Cleveland Browns out in the lead-up to their playoff game, he had no idea that Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield would use it to fuel his fire by way of a hilarious Instagram post.

Mayfield took the last snippet of Smith-Schuster’s infamous quote of “The Browns is the Browns” and made an Instagram post around it. Fate would have it these AFC North division rivals will meet for a third time this season with the winner advancing to the Divisional Round. So who is going to come out on top in primetime: Mayfield’s Browns or Smith-Schuster’s Steelers?

Which team is better equipped to advance to the divisional round?

Though Cleveland beat the Steelers to qualify for the AFC playoffs for the first time in 18 years last week, the Browns did so against a Pittsburgh team that was resting starters. Not only that, but the Browns are dealing with a bit of a COVID outbreak internally. A handful of players, as well as head coach Kevin Stefanski will not be able to participate in this high-profile playoff game.

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Pittsburgh is roughly a touchdown favorite over visiting Cleveland. However, three of the first four NFL playoff games this weekend have gone to the visiting team. Only the Buffalo Bills were able to win on their home turf of that quartet. This may indicate that home-field advantage is less important than it ever has in the postseason. Maybe Mayfield and the Browns move on anyway?

Look for either Mayfield or Smith-Schuster to make a statement of some sort in this rivalry game.