Final Score: Browns 12 Ravens 9 (OT)
Browns score go-ahead field goal with .02 seconds left in overtime, winning 12-9
What went right:
The offense was able to open up some nice running lanes early for Alex Collins (4.9avg) and Buck Allen (4.2avg) in the first half and put together a few nice drives. The defense continued its second half opponent touchdown shut-out streak and forced field goals for the duration of the game. While unable to get separation from defenders, John Brown did look elusive on a few plays while Michael Crabtree came around late, but made a few key receptions to keep offensive drives going.
The Ravens seem to have a better rhythm when running the no-huddle offense and should look to implement it more into the game-plan moving forward. Rookie tight end Hayden Hurst also returned but was only targeted twice, and finished with one catch for 7 yards. The defense seemed to play bend-but-don’t break football and was able to get off the field on numerous key Browns drives. The unit finished with 5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss and one interception.
What went wrong:
The defense had problems containing the Browns run game from the start. Carlos Hyde consistently broke long runs and capitalized on broken tackles. While the Ravens were able to get pressure on quarterback Baker Mayfield, they were unable to pressure him consistently resulting in numerous chunk plays of 15 yards or more for the Browns recievers. Michael Crabtree started slow with a few crucial drops in the first half and will need to improve when called upon early in games.
Too many drives seemed to fizzle out in the second half and the offense had a tough time blocking up linebacker Myles Garrett and company. The pressure was on Flacco and without the receivers getting separation, he had no time to throw. The offense was 0 for 6 on third down until the middle of the third quarter. Once they finally made the key third down conversion, Buck Allen fumbles the ball and gives the Browns another opportunity. In overtime, a key penalty negated a big Alex Collins run that would have continued a drive into Cleveland territory.
Running back Alex Collins came off the field twice in the second half to have his ankles taped. He returned and appeared ok, and then went out again later in the game. No other updates were reported at this time.
The Ravens travel to Tennessee to face former AFC Central rival Titans. The Titans are coming off an upset 13-12 loss at the hands of the Buffalo Bills. Marcus Mariota presents the same, if not better scrambling ability that the defense just faced in Baker Mayfield. The Titans defense is an underrated unit allowing 18.8 points per game, while the Ravens allow 16.3 points per game. I would expect another slug-fest for this one.
The Ravens did not have a single team penalty (until the commentators jinxed it of course) and there was 4:29 remaining in the third quarter.
Kickoff returner Tim White made a heads up play going back to pick up a ball that landed at the one yard line, untouched, and ran it forward to set up better field position for the offense. A great heads up play to turn negative starting position into positive yardage.
Fantasy: Rookie tight end Hayden Hurst made his debut for the Ravens and while he may not breakout right away, I believe he will be a staple of the offense within the next few weeks, if he is on waivers and you need help, grab him immediatley…John Brown is still the x-factor of the offense no matter who the Ravens play, but today was not his day in a battle of field goals and tight coverage…Michael Crabtree lead the offense with 6 for 66 and is a flex play at best…Justin Tucker again, does Justin Tucker things, #Legatron…The Ravens defense finsished with 5 sacks, 1 interception and no TD’s allowed…Joe Flacco is a streamer but a respectable one it seems…Lamar Jackson holds no value in redraft at this time, but in dynasty leagues, he is absolutely worth a trade or pick for next season.
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