For the first time in 1,029 days, the Browns are celebrating a “Victory Monday” in Cleveland.
Because of the activity of the defense, and the swagger and poise of Baker Mayfield, the Browns were able to edge out a 12-9 win over the Baltimore Ravens in overtime at First Energy Stadium on Sunday.
Prior to this game, the Ravens were averaging 30 points per game and held a 3-1 record. Baltimore’s offense was 4-for-19 on third downs. Cleveland’s defense did not allow a touchdown.
“There was that where it looked like we were breaking a little bit one time,” Browns Coach Hue Jackson said, “but boy, they just bowed up and made some plays and called on each other.”
Whenever the Ravens appeared to be effortlessly driving the football, the Browns defense continued to cause havoc and force more turnovers. This includes a gigantic red zone interception by rookie cornerback Denzel Ward, as well as a blocked field goal by Ward.
“That is the bend-but-do-not-break part of us,” Jackson said. “Sometimes people are making plays, but somebody on defense rises up and makes a play and stops the other team.”
“The best defense wins,” Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams told his group before this week.
That message held true on Sunday and the best defense was Cleveland’s.
As long as the Browns have a capable quarterback like rookie Heisman winner Baker Mayfield and a stacked defense featuring Myles Garrett and Ward, the Browns will remain competitive in games.
Every Browns game this season has been decided within four points.
With this type of activity and grit from Cleveland’s defense, they will stay competitive in games and walk away with a handful of wins this season.
Go Browns! Nick Pedone can be reached on his Twitter, @NickPedone12.