CLEVELAND (WJW) — The Cleveland Browns were looking to get a W over the Baltimore Ravens, despite quarterback Deshaun Watson sitting out in Week 4. Unfortunately, the team was not able to overcome and fell to 2-2 on the season.
Browns rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson started the game.
Thompson-Robinson threw a first quarter interception and that put the Ravens in good field position to score on the next play with a 10 yard running touchdown by Lamar Jackson. that put the Ravens ahead early 7-0.
Browns got on the scoreboard with a 53 yard field goal made by Dustin Hopkins and still trailed the Ravens 7-3.
The Ravens led the Browns 21-3 at the half.
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was a handful for the Browns defense in the first half, getting 3 TD’s by running for 2 TD’s and passing for another.
Meanwhile the Browns were struggling on offense with Deshaun Watson not playing due to a shoulder injury.
Browns also played with a back-up center after Ethan Pocic left the game and has not returned.
Fox 8’s PJ Ziegler reported that Browns tight end David Njoku warmed up for the game while wearing a black mask over his face. The Browns said yesterday that Njoku burned his face and arms in a fire pit accident.
The third quarter started out slow and neither team scored the entire time. Rolling into the fourth quarter, many Browns fans started to make moves out of the stadium.
Baltimore was able to pick up the ball with the Browns’ second turnover over of the game in the fourth quarter, causing Watson on the sidelines to look forlorn with eight minutes to go. Getting momentum from that turnover, the Ravens were able to make another touchdown, moving score to 28-3.
At the 2-minute warning, the Browns’ outlook seemed bleak and the game ended with the Ravens winning 28-3.
You can relive some of the moments from the game below:
Defense wins championships. If that old adage from legendary football coach Paul Bear Bryant carries weight, then the Cleveland Browns are headed in the right direction.
But when the Browns battle the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, they’ll arguably face the best quarterback they’ve seen so far this young season.
“He (Lamar Jackson) is one of the best athletes in the NFL that just happens to play the quarterback position,” said Browns first-year defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.
Sports Illustrated said the Browns defense “is among one of the best defenses in the NFL.”
Statistics confirm that. The Browns’ defense has allowed the fewest yards through three games in the NFL since 1999.
That defense will be put to the test Sunday 1 p.m. at Cleveland Browns Stadium when the Browns, who have a record of (2-1), play the Baltimore Ravens, also (2-1).
Raven quarterback Lamar Jackson isn’t just a prolific passer but also a powerful runner who scrambles well out of the pocket. He proved that in the first quarter today by running for a 10 yard touchdown.
“Lamar Jackson is able to make plays with his feet and with his arms which means to potentially having to cover guys longer than usual and not letting any guys run free off of second chances,” said Browns safety Denzel Ward.
“You never want to play scared going against any opponent,” said Browns Linebacker Anthony Walker Junior. “He (Lamar Jackson) presents a different challenge. So you have to be a little smarter in how you rush and how you contain him. But at the end of the day, you still have to be aggressive.”
According to NFL.COM , the Browns’ offense has 64 first downs this season compared to the opponent having 21 first downs.
That shows the Browns are playing well on offense and defense, but the Browns’ offense committed key turnovers in their 27-3 win against the Tennessee Titans last Sunday.
“If we don’t turn the ball over we usually win the game it’s like 80 percent hit rate or something like that,” Browns Guard Joe Bitonio said