Wham! The Browns delivered a crushing blow to the Baltimore Ravens by a lopsided margin. The Browns were motivated, as they lost a close game three weeks ago to their divisional rivals. It was a difficult task, as some of their starting players on defense, cornerback Greg Newsome II and Ronnie Harrison Jr, were inactive due to injuries. This Browns’s team looked confident from the beginning of the game, as their defense held Lamar and company in check. Baker Mayfield looked healthy, as he was in total control of the game leading the Browns down the field and scoring touchdowns. His vision and crisp passes set the tone for the offense, as they never looked back. Baker threw two touchdown passes connecting with wide receiver Jarvis Landry and tight end Austin Hooper.
At the start of the second quarter, the Ravens offense would receive a crushing blow as Browns linebacker Jeremiah Owusu- Koramoah dove to hit Jackson. Jackson immediately grabbed his right ankle, as he was in a ton of pain. Jackson would not return to the game, as later reported he sustained a low ankle sprain. Ravens backup quarterback Tyler Huntley came into the game. Myles Garrett made a jaw-dropping play, as not only did he force a fumble, he recorded a sack and he recovered the football and ran it back for a touchdown. The pure athleticism of Garrett is off the charts, as he looks superhuman. The Browns’ defense continued to flex their muscles as they held the Ravens to six points at the half.
Baltimore would march down the field at the start of the third quarter, though Huntley would fumble the ball as he scrambled in search of a first down. The Browns would recover the football, but the drive would come up empty, as they failed to capitalize on the opportunity. Baltimore would battle back as they scored two touchdowns to keep the game within reach. Cleveland lacked focus and discipline as they used poor technique making tackles and creating bad penalties. Thankfully, the Browns’ defense finished strong, as the Browns held on by a score of 24-22. I’m sure many Browns fans had barely any fingernails after the end of this game. This win was huge, as their season was on the line.
The Ravens had more yards than the Browns and had more plays than them. The defense won the game for the Browns, as they had four sacks as a team. It is worth noting that Myles Garrett holds the record for the most sacks in a Browns single season with 15. This game is a momentum changer, as they are now standing at seven wins and six losses and are in the playoff hunt and still have a chance to win the division. The Browns will host the Las Vegas Raiders next Saturday.