Browns 40, Ravens 25
What a disaster.
Offense: The Browns defense completely shut down the Ravens offense. Mark Ingram had a decent game running for 71 yards on 12 carries, but besides that, the Ravens offense could not get anything done consistently. The Ravens only had 10 points in the first half which came from a 9 yard touchdown pass to Miles Boykin and a Justin Tucker 41 yard field goal. Then in the second half, they scored 15 points after an 8 yard touchdown pass to Mark Andrews, and then they converted the two point conversion on a 2 yard run by Mark Ingram. Finally, in garbage time, Lamar Jackson threw a 50 yard touchdown pass to Willie Snead with 30 seconds left. Lamar Jackson had an up and down day as he was 24/34, for 247 yards, 3 touchdowns, and two interceptions (which were his first 2 turnovers this season).
Defense: This was a horrific day from the defense. They allowed 40 points to a Browns offense that has struggled in their first 3 games. The secondary was horrible (except for Marlon Humphrey who we will get to later), and there was no pass rush. Miscommunication was a constant theme, as Browns receivers were constantly wide open, and without Brandon Williams, they could not stop Nick Chubb. Jarvis Landry had 167 yards receiving, and Nick Chubb ran for 165 yards, 3 touchdowns on just 16 carries. I do not know what is going on with this Ravens defense. They have big names, and seem to have many of the pieces, but nothing is working. There is no pass rush outside of Matthew Judon, and the loss of Jimmy Smith is hurting more than anyone expected. Both Earl Thomas and Tony Jefferson can’t seem to do anything right. Something needs to change, or this team will spiral down quickly. Marlon Humphrey was the lone bright spot on this team. He shadowed OBJ the whole game and completely shut him down. He is by far the best player on the Ravens.
MVP: Shutting down OBJ is no easy task, but Marlon Humphrey did it the whole game.
Rookie of the Game: No one stood out, but Miles Boykin caught a 9 yard touchdown catch so he will earn this award.
Defensive Player of the Game: Marlon Humphrey, see above.
P.S. I am really starting to worry about this team, if the defense can’t turn it around, this team will not be successful.