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Week 16 Game Recap: Baltimore Ravens 31, Cleveland Browns 15


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Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens offense had a few blunders early but exploded once they found their rhythm securing the number one seed in the AFC. Lamar Jackson had a few miscues early but was otherwise dominant with his legs and arm. Jackson made big plays in the passing game and converted in key situations with his legs. Mark Ingram was on his way to having a huge game but left the game with a lower leg injury and did not return. Gus Edwards and Justice Hill each played well in his absence with Edwards handling more carries and Hill the pass catching duties. Mark Andrews was force against the Browns. Andrews had a huge game and is virtually unstoppable when Jackson is on point. Andrews' size, speed, and ball skills make him a matchup problem. Marquise Brown was a non factor against the Browns.

Cleveland Browns

Cleveland got off to a good start, holding Baltimore’s offense scoreless until late in the second quarter. They simply couldn’t keep it up as they were outmatched by an explosive Baltimore offense and a swarming defense. Head coach Freddie Kitchens made a few questionable play calls and cameras caught Odell Beckham Jr. having a heated exchange with the coach after a failed two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. Talented tight end David Njoku was a healthy scratch for the second straight week with reports indicating that he is showing signs of rust in practice.

Baltimore Ravens

QB Lamar Jackson, 73 offensive snaps, Pass: 20 - 31 - 238 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 17 - 103 - 0
Lamar Jackson played very well against the Browns after a slow start. The Ravens moved into Cleveland territory on their opening possession but a failed conversion on 4th and 3 stopped the drive. Jackson threw wide of Mark Andrews on the play. The Ravens again moved into Cleveland territory but a botched exchange between Ingram and Jackson gave the Browns the ball back. After a 3 and out the Ravens offense came to life scoring 2 touchdowns in less than 2 minutes. Jackson made a great play finding Ingram as he released downfield for 24 yards. Jackson then found an uncovered Mark Andrews down the seam for a 39 yard touchdown. Jackson moved the Ravens into the red zone with a series of nice completions. Jackson capped the drive with a spectacular touchdown pass to Andrews. Jackson held the ball as long as he could and made a perfect throw only Andrews could catch with bodies in his face for a 14 yard touchdown. Jackson made a pair of defenders miss after escaping the pocket on 3rd and 10 for a 14 yard gain. A few plays later Jackson found Mark Ingram in the flat for a 12 yard touchdown. The Ravens final touchdown drive was exclusively running plays. Jackson had a great scramble on the drive putting a defender on his butt before sliding down in bounds. Jackson iced the game with a 5 yard run on 3rd and 4 where he managed to dodge multiple defenders in a small space.

RB Gus Edwards, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 66 - 0, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (1 targets)
Gus Edwards played very well against the Browns. Edwards was successful on the majority of his carries and was very effective eating clock late in the game. Edwards made a catch in the flat for a 7 yard gain. Edwards followed Nick Boyle up the middle for a 10 yard gain splitting a pair of defenders. Edwards had the ball punched out of his hands but he managed to recover his own fumble. Following the Ingram injury the Ravens turned to Edwards. Edwards got 4 carries on the ensuing possession and picked up 36 yards with most of those coming on runs up the middle. Edwards churned out another first down running inside on the Ravens final possession.

RB Mark Ingram, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 55 - 0, Rec: 2 - 36 - 1 (2 targets)
Mark Ingram was having a huge game before leaving the game with a lower leg injury. Ingram followed Patrick Ricard through a huge hole on his first carry and slipped through an arm tackle to escape down the sideline for 27 yards. Ingram released up field as Jackson scrambled and Jackson found him for a 24 yard gain. Ingram released into the flat and outflanked the defense for a 12 yard touchdown reception. Ingram sliced through the Browns defense off right tackle on a play that looked similar to his first carry for a 15 yard gain. A few plays later Ingram went down with a lower leg injury and did not return to the game. Coach John Harbaugh said there is no structural damage to Ingram's leg and the Ravens can rest Ingram the next two weeks.

RB Justice Hill, 13 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 19 - 1, Rec: 3 - 32 - 0 (4 targets)
Justice Hill played his best game of the season. Hill looked fast and seems to be getting more physical. Hill made a catch in the flat and took it for a 14 yard gain. Hill made a 9 yard catch on 3rd and 5. Hill caught a check down from Jackson and took it for 9 yards. Justice hill found a big crease off right tackle and burst through the lane for a 18 yard touchdown. Hill will see a bigger role in Ingram misses time.

WR Marquise Brown, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (2 targets)
Marquise Brown was a non factor against the Browns. Brown made a 6 yard catch running a curl. Brown was left open in the end zone on one play but Jackson did not see him.

TE Mark Andrews, 39 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 93 - 2 (9 targets)
Mark Andrews had a huge game against the Browns. Andrews made plays all over the field and continues to be Jackson's favorite target. Andrews was stopped for a 4 yard gain on 3rd and 7 running a quick out route. Andrews was targeted the following play on 4th and 3 but Jackson's throw was off target. Andrews made a 5 yard catch running another quick out. Andrews was left completely uncovered running a 9 route from the slot and scored an uncontested 39 yard touchdown. Andrews came wide open running a deep crossing route and hurdled a defender after the catch for a 24 yard gain. Andrews scored his second touchdown in less than 2 minutes playing street ball with Lamar Jackson. Andrews released into the end zone and was fairly well covered but a perfect jump ball throw from Jackson resulted in a 14 yard score. Andrews converted a 3rd and 5 with a 7 yard catch. Andrews nearly had a 3rd touchdown but was called for offensive pass interference. Andrews was also shaken up on the play and his snaps were limited the remainder of the game. Andrews said the injury is not serious post game.


Cleveland Browns

QB Baker Mayfield, 60 offensive snaps, Pass: 20 - 33 - 192 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 4 - 0
Mayfield turned in an uneven performance in the loss. At times he flashed his excellent accuracy and ability to escape in the pocket but at other times he missed makeable throws and made some poor decisions. He only wound up throwing one interception but came close to throwing a total of three picks. He connected with Jarvis Landry for a nine-yard slant on his first throw of the game and followed that up with a deep shot to Ricky Seals-Jones. The ball was just overthrown as the tight end couldn’t make the grab. He came back on the next drive to find Odell Beckham Jr. for a 22-yard completion and made a nice pass deep down the left sideline to Damion Ratley but Ratley bobbled the ball as he went out of bounds. Mayfield’s first touchdown came at the beginning of the second quarter but not before an interception on that same drive was nullified by a defensive holding penalty. He led Cleveland down to the Baltimore one-yard line, aided by a defensive pass interference flag which Beckham drew in the end zone. Mayfield then found Demetrius Harris for a one-yard score in the back of the end zone. He put the ball up high enough for his big tight end to jump up and reach over the defender for the score. Two drives later, Mayfield tried another deep shot, this time to Beckham down the right sideline. It looked as though it was going to be a completion but Marcus Peters reached in and tipped the ball at the last second, resulting in an incompletion. In the third quarter, Mayfield came close to throwing another interception. With Baltimore’s pass rush closing in, Mayfield attempted a dump off to Nick Chubb. The pass was thrown short and a Baltimore defender made a diving grab that was overturned by officials, who ruled that the ball hit the ground first. In the fourth quarter, Mayfield led Cleveland’s second touchdown-scoring drive. He made a nice pass to Beckham for a 15-yard gain and then hit Ricky Seals-Jones with a bullet down the seam which got Cleveland to the Baltimore one-yard line. A few plays later, Mayfield found Beckham in the right corner of the end zone on a perfectly-placed fade for a three-yard score. The team’s final drive of the game did not go as well as Mayfield threw an interception on a deep pass down the middle of the field. He was hurried by the Ravens pass rush and made a poor choice in letting the ball go where he did.

RB Nick Chubb, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 45 - 0 (1 targets)
Chubb was held in check for much of the game by a Baltimore run defense that was keyed in on stopping him. Very little came easy for Chubb as most of his runs went for short gains. He saw a red zone carry in the second quarter from the Baltimore 10-yard line and lost three yards on the play. His best drive came in the third quarter. He ripped off a seven-yard run where he dragged a defender for about two yards before going down. He then picked up 12 tough yards where he dragged the pile for a few extra yards at the end of the run. He capped that drive off with another 11-yard run up the middle and drew his lone target of the game, which was thrown short and was uncatchable. Chubb saw some more red-zone work in the fourth quarter, losing one yard on first-and-goal from the Baltimore one-yard line and then losing another four yards on the next play.

RB Kareem Hunt, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 0 - 0, Rec: 4 - 33 - 0 (4 targets)
Hunt struggled to get much going on the ground but made an impact in the passing attack. He also absorbed several big hits from the Baltimore defense on the afternoon. His first touch was a two-yard carry where he took a big hit. On the third drive of the game, he had an eight-yard catch on third-and-nine. He leapt in the air to try to split two defenders and was hit in the air, spinning him around before he fell to the ground one-yard short of the first down. It was a great effort by Hunt to try for the first. In the second quarter he gained six yards on a run to the left and picked up a six-yard reception where he was hit hard yet again. On the following possession, he lost eight yards on a run where he was holding the ball dangerously in the air with one hand. He was lucky not to have fumbled on that play. In the third quarter, Hunt made a leaping grab for a seven-yard gain on third-and-six for a first down. His final touch was an impressive sideline catch for a 12-yard gain in the fourth quarter.

WR Jarvis Landry, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 74 - 0 (8 targets)
As has been the case for much of the season, Landry led the team in receiving. His first catch was a nine-yard gain on a quick slant. On the same drive he got wide open and made a 12-yard grab. His third catch lost four yards on a quick screen to the left. That play had no chance from the beginning as there were Baltimore defenders all around him. In the second quarter he tacked on another 12 yards on third-and-six to keep the chains moving. In the third quarter, Landry drew a target deep down the sideline. He attempted a one-handed grab but couldn’t haul it in. That play was nullified by a defensive illegal contact penalty. In the fourth quarter, Landry gained 33 yards on a tough catch down the middle of the field. He took a big hit as he made the catch and held on for the big gain. His final catch was a five-yard gain on a quick pass.

WR Odell Beckham, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 44 - 1 (6 targets)
Beckham’s first catch was a 22-yarder where he got wide open but he negated most of that gain with a 15-yard taunting penalty at the end of the play. In the second quarter he drew a defensive pass interference call in the end zone. He was targeted down the left side and the defender grabbed his shoulder pad while the ball was in the air. Baltimore challenged that the ball was uncatchable but the penalty stood after official review. His final target of the first half was a deep shot down the right sideline. It appeared as though he would make the catch but Marcus Peters made an excellent play to get a hand in to tip the ball just as it arrived. In the third quarter, Beckham gained four yards on a quick pass to the left. He tacked on a 15-yard gain at the beginning of the fourth quarter and capped that drive off with a three-yard touchdown on an end zone fade. He did an excellent job getting both feet in bounds in the back right corner of the end zone. Cameras showed Beckham having a heated conversation with head coach Freddie Kitchens after the failed two-point conversion following his touchdown.

TE Demetrius Harris, 36 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 1 - 1 (3 targets)
Harris saw his first target on the third drive where he dropped a catchable ball. He made up for it with an impressive one-yard touchdown catch. It was a tough, contested catch in the end zone where he jumped up and reached over a defender for the score. His only other target fell incomplete as he was hit as the ball arrived.