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Week 4 Game Recap: Cleveland Browns 40, Baltimore Ravens 25


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Cleveland Browns

The Browns got right in a blowout win over the Ravens that wasn't as close as the final score indicated. The defense continues to play well, stifling a Ravens offense that had been hard to stop in the previous three games. The offense, meanwhile, found a way to fix some issues that were dogging them through the first three games. After taking way too many hits leading into Week 4, Baker Mayfield only took one sack. He looked much more like the 2018 version of himself, taking quick drops and slinging the ball out on quick passes. Also back was some of the creative play-calling that was one of the big reasons why Freddie Kitchens got the head coaching job to begin with.

Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens struggled to find consistency against the Browns. Jackson was frequently pressured, missed some easy completions, and the Ravens turned the ball over 3 times after having no turnovers in the first 3 games of the season. Mark Ingram ran well but had a costly fumble with the Ravens in field goal range. Jackson showed improvement from last week in throwing short and intermediate passes but once again struggled hitting the mark with his throws downfield. Jackson missed a wide open Chris Moore down the sideline and threw an ugly pick intended for Mark Andrews downfield. Mark Andrews looked healthy but did not see a high volume of targets from Jackson. Marquise Brown had a drop and wasn't targeted downfield by Jackson. Miles Boykin made a few nice plays and blocked well downfield.

Cleveland Browns

QB Baker Mayfield, 69 offensive snaps, Pass: 20 - 30 - 342 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 1 - 0
Mayfield got right after struggling through the first three weeks of the season. He only finished with one touchdown but that was more a result of how well Nick Chubb was running and not an indictment on how Mayfield played. He more closely resembled the player from 2018 when he made fast decisions and got the ball out quickly. It helped that the offensive line played better, allowing Mayfield to only get sacked once (that sack came on the first drive of the game). Since he wasn't forced to run for his life, Mayfield was able to hang in the pocket and step up to make accurate downfield throws. That first possession was the offense's worst of the game as Mayfield had his first pass attempt batted at the line and was then sacked on third-and-five. He came back with a great drive on the second possession. He found Jarvis Landry for a 16-yard catch and then hit Damion Ratley for a 10-yard completion. In the red zone, Mayfield threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ricky Seals-Jones. Seals-Jones was wide open on the left side of the field and ran in for the easy score. Mayfield's lone interception came in the second quarter and can be partially blamed on Landry, who pulled up on a short slant route instead of getting in there and fighting for the catch. Mayfield went back to Landry on the next drive, connecting with him on a short pass. Landry did the rest as he rumbled for 65 yards. It could have been an 87-yard touchdown had Landry not started to stumble and eventually lose his footing on the play. The ground game took over in the second half, limiting Mayfield's chances to make plays. He did connect with Seals-Jones for a 59-yard catch-and-run and then found Landry for a 29-yard inside shovel pass that brought the Browns down to the Baltimore two-yard line. If the Browns continue to show that they have fixed some of the early-season issues, Mayfield should continue to ascend going forward.

RB Nick Chubb, 44 offensive snaps, Rush: 20 - 165 - 3, Rec: 3 - 18 - 0 (4 targets)
Chubb had a huge game, displaying his combination of breakaway speed and bruising tackle-breaking throughout the contest. He went for a five-yard gain on the first drive. On the second drive, Chubb caught a short screen and ran for 10 yards. He saw two red zone carries on that drive, going for six yards to the Baltimore 10 and then another yard to the Baltimore nine-yard line. He saw a red zone target on the final drive of the first half but he dropped the ball near the Baltimore 17-yard line. Chubb really got going in the second half, scoring all three of his touchdowns. His first touchdown was a great 14-yard run where he changed direction going right to left and then forced three missed tackles on his way to the end zone. On the following drive, Chubb punched in a two-yard score. He saved his best run for last as he ripped off an 88-yard touchdown run where he went untouched up the right side of the field. He got some excellent blocking on that run from a pulling guard.

RB Dontrell Hilliard, 25 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 27 - 1, Rec: 2 - 27 - 0 (3 targets)
Hilliard mixed in as a breather back and wound up having a productive afternoon. He caught a 19-yard pass on the second drive of the game and then caught an eight-yard pass in the second quarter where he lined up wide before the snap. In the third quarter, Hilliard had a 19-yard catch nullified due to offsetting personal foul penalties when Odell Beckham and Marlon Humphrey got into a scuffle. Hilliard got some extended playing time in the fourth quarter once the game was out of reach. He saw three red zone carries on the team's final drive, going for four and 11 yards before punching in a one-yard score.

WR Jarvis Landry, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 167 - 0 (10 targets)
Landry had a huge afternoon, posting a career-high 167 receiving yards in just three quarters of action. Unfortunately, he left at the end of the third quarter with a concussion. Landry found himself in single coverage for much of the afternoon and was able to get open frequently on short and intermediate passes. He was also dominant after the catch, racking up YAC frequently. Landry didn't find the end zone but he could have scored twice. He had a big 65-yard reception in the second quarter. He caught a short slant and spun out of a tackle before taking off down the right sideline. It looked like he would reach the end zone but he started to stumble and wound up falling down at the Baltimore 22-yard line. At the end of the third quarter, Landry again came close to scoring, this time getting forced out at the Baltimore two-yard line after a 29-yard gain on an inside shovel pass. He appeared to hit his head on the turf on the play and was diagnosed with a concussion shortly thereafter, ending his day after the third quarter.

WR Odell Beckham, 66 offensive snaps, Pass: 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rec: 2 - 20 - 0 (7 targets)
Beckham had a slow day while contending with excellent coverage from Marlon Humphrey. Beckham had two uncharacteristic drops, both the result of solid coverage from Humphrey, who hit Beckham as the ball was arriving, preventing him from securing the ball. He did get open on his first target but he slipped on the turf and was unable to make the grab. He got to throw a pass in this game on a triple-reverse flea flicker. He threw a nice, deep pass to Damion Ratley near the goal line but Ratley couldn't make the catch. It was a catchable ball but Ratley couldn't squeeze it. In the third quarter, perhaps irritated by Humphrey's close coverage throughout the game, Beckham got into a scuffle where he took a swing at the Raven. Humphrey responded by throwing Beckham down and starting to choke him. The play resulted in four offsetting personal foul penalties, two from each team. While Beckham had a slow statistical game, the close defensive attention paid to him allowed Jarvis Landry to post a career-high 167 receiving yards. Beckham's only two catches came in the fourth quarter, after Landry left with a concussion. He had a short three-yard gain and then a 17-yard catch where he held on while taking a big hit.

TE Ricky Seals-Jones, 21 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 82 - 1 (3 targets)
The Browns turned to Ricky Seals-Jones instead of Demetrius Harris in this game, with the latter not even seeing a single target in the win. Seals-Jones made his presence felt, scoring on a nine-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He got wide open on the left side of the field as the defense got lost trying to contend with Odell Beckham. Seals-Jones was quiet after the score until the third quarter when he ripped off a 59-yard catch and run down the right sideline. His final catch was a 14-yard reception later in the third quarter. If Seals-Jones continues to play ahead of Harris, he could make some noise in the Cleveland offense while David Njoku is injured.


Baltimore Ravens

QB Lamar Jackson, 69 offensive snaps, Pass: 24 - 34 - 247 - 3 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 9 - 66 - 0
Lamar Jackson struggled against the Browns. Jackson was more consistent throwing the ball than last week especially in the short to intermediate ranges but struggled throwing the ball downfield. Jackson was sacked on the Ravens opening possession forcing a 3 and out. The Ravens second possession stalled with a drop by Mark Andrews followed by a 3rd down sack. The Ravens third possession ended with Lamar Jackson failing to complete a pass to a wide open Chris Moore down the sideline. Jackson's poor throw didn't allow Moore to get both feet inbounds. Jackson's first big play was a 29 yard run on a read option play. Jackson followed Nick Boyle around the edge and wasn't touched until he slipped running downfield. A few more running plays moved the Ravens inside the Browns' 10 yard line and Jackson found Miles Boykin for a 9 yard touchdown. The Ravens first drive of the second half stalled in a field goal attempt after Jackson absorbed another sack and short-armed a throw to Marquise Brown. Jackson moved the Ravens down the field with completions in the short to intermediate range and thanks to the Ravens running game. Jackson capped the drive finding Mark Andrews wide open in the back of the end zone for a 9 yard touchdown. Trailing by 12 with less than 9 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter the Ravens went for it on 4th and 3 deep in their own territory. Jackson's pass fell incomplete with a miscommunication between him and Andrews. On the Ravens ensuing possession Jackson made an ill advised throw to Andrews downfield into double coverage and the pass was intercepted. A few plays later Jackson's arm was hit as he threw and Jackson was again intercepted. Justice Hill appeared to miss a blitz pick up on the play. On the Ravens final possession with the game well out of hand Jackson hit Willie Snead on an underneath throw and Snead took the short pass 50 yards for a touchdown.

RB Mark Ingram, 32 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 71 - 0, Rec: 1 - 0 - 0 (1 targets)
Mark Ingram played very well outside of a costly fumble with the Ravens in scoring position. Ingram found holes and picked up good yardage on his carries running hard through contact. Ingram was able to consistently rip off gains of 8 and 9 yards running behind the interior of the Ravens' offensive line. Ingram followed a pulling Bradley Bozeman into the second level and literally just ran behind him for an 18 yard gain. After a couple of nice runs Ingram and the Ravens moved into scoring position Mark Ingram fumbled and the Browns recovered. The fumble killed the Ravens momentum and was the Ravens first turnover of the season. Ingram successfully converted a 2 point attempt with a run off right guard.

RB Gus Edwards, 20 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 28 - 0, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (1 targets)
Gus Edwards continues to look excellent on limited touches. With the Ravens passing game struggling in recent weeks the Ravens may rely even more heavily on their ground game. Edwards has been very efficient and if Ingram has another costly fumble it could lead to more touches for Edwards. If Ingram were to lose touches they would go to Edwards who has been playing very well in the same role as Ingram. Justice Hill would likely remain in his current role as a change of pace back.

WR Marquise Brown, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 22 - 0 (7 targets)
Marquise Brown never got involved in the game outside of a few underneath catches. Brown did not see any of the deep shots from Jackson he had been peppered with in previous weeks. Brown made his first catch running a quick out route for 4 yards. Brown dropped a deep slant over the middle that hit him in the hands it would have been Brown's biggest play of the game. Brown picked up 5 more yards running another quick out route. Brown made a 10 yard catch running an out route.

WR Miles Boykin, 21 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 32 - 1 (3 targets)
Miles Boykin seems to be earning more snaps and opportunities with his play. Boykin caught a 9 yard touchdown from Lamar Jackson his second of the season. Boykin showed great chemistry with Jackson as he did on his first touchdown. Boykin broke off his route as Jackson extended the play and Jackson found him over the middle for the score. Boykin made an 18 yard catch running a deep comeback route along the sideline. Boykin made a 5 yard catch running a curl route.

WR Willie Snead, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 61 - 1 (2 targets)
Mark Andrews was not able to generate any big plays and did not play his best game. Andrews picked up 7 yards running an out route on his first reception. Andrews dropped what should have been a 10 yard gain and first down. Andrews caught a dump off from Jackson for 5 yards. Andrews picked up 11 yards running a curl over the middle. Andrews came wide open running up the seam in the red zone and high pointed a pass from Jackson for an 8 yard touchdown. Jackson and Andrews were not on the same page on a 4th down conversion attempt. Andrews released up field while Jackson expected him to break outside resulting in an incompletion. Andrews only deep target was intercepted. It was an ill-advised throw and the interception was not Andrews' fault.

TE Mark Andrews, 29 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 31 - 1 (8 targets)
Mark Andrews was not able to generate any big plays and did not play his best game. Andrews picked up 7 yards running an out route on his first reception. Andrews dropped what should have been a 10 yard gain and first down. Andrews caught a dump off from Jackson for 5 yards. Andrews picked up 11 yards running a curl over the middle. Andrews came wide open running up the seam in the red zone and high pointed a pass from Jackson for an 8 yard touchdown. Jackson and Andrews were not on the same page on a 4th down conversion attempt. Andrews released up field while Jackson expected him to break outside resulting in an incompletion. Andrews only deep target was intercepted. It was an ill-advised throw and the interception was not Andrews' fault.

TE Hayden Hurst, 15 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 39 - 0 (2 targets)
Hayden Hurst saw his first target with less than 2 minutes remaining in a blowout loss but was targeted on 3 consecutive plays. Hurst made a 10 yard catch over the middle on his first target. Hurst then released up the seam and had a nice catch and run for 26 yards. Hurst then high pointed a pass down the seam for 29 yards but the catch was negated by an illegal shift penalty.