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NFL Week 14 Game Recap: Cleveland Browns 24, Baltimore Ravens 22

Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) pushes off against Baltimore Ravens cornerback Chris Westry (30) during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns held off the late-charging Baltimore Ravens 24-22 in Week 14 as both teams vie to stay relevant in the cut-throat AFC playoff picture.

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Cleveland Browns

Quarterback

Baker Mayfield did just enough Sunday to lead Cleveland to victory, completing 22-of-32 attempts for 190 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Mayfield lived in the shorter and intermediate areas of the field, as just 28.1% of his attempts traveled past the first-down marker. He threw the ball 7.1 yards downfield on average.

The former No. 1 overall pick excelled in the play-action game, completing six of his 10 attempts for 52 yards, including each of his two touchdowns and one of his two big-time throws. He also registered zero turnover-worthy plays after totaling seven across his last three games.

Running Back

Nick Chubb failed to do much with his 20 touches Sunday, finishing with 65 total yards in the victory. His 3.5 yards per carry average was his second-lowest figure of the season, partly due to the quick penetration consistently achieved by the Ravens defensive line.

Chubb averaged just 0.3 yards before contact as a whopping 89.8% of the fourth-year pro’s yards came after contact, his highest total so far this year. However, Chubb still displayed impressive shiftiness throughout Sunday’s victory, as he forced a game-high four missed tackles.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

Wide receiver Jarvis Landry hauled in five of his team-high eight targets Sunday, finishing with 41 yards receiving, including his first touchdown of the season. Fellow starter Donovan Peoples-Jones matched Landry with five receptions yet totaled 90 yards receiving as he operated as Cleveland’s primary deep threat.

Tight end Austin Hooper caught Mayfield’s second touchdown toss, finding the end zone from one yard out midway through the second quarter. The score was one of Hooper’s five receptions, as the six-year pro finished with 30 yards receiving in the victory.

Offensive Line

Cleveland’s offensive line was up and down in their performance Sunday, struggling in the run game yet thriving in pass protection. Starting center J.C. Tretter continues to play at an extremely high level, finishing as the only Cleveland offensive lineman to keep a completely clean slate in pass protection.

Defensive Line

Edge defender Myles Garrett likely secured Defensive Player of the Year honors with another dominant performance Sunday, finishing with four pressures and one sack — the first of which forced a fumble that Garrett returned for a touchdown late in the second quarter.

Garrett was one of three Browns defenders to finish with four or more pressures, as edge defenders Jadeveon Clowney and Takkarist McKinley finished with four and five pressures, respectively, in the win.

Linebackers

Rookie Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah led all Cleveland linebackers with five tackles, finishing with an average depth of tackle of 4.0 yards in the victory. He led a mediocre unit in coverage, as Browns linebackers conceded receptions on each of their nine targets for 55 yards and a touchdown.

Secondary

Cleveland’s secondary conceded 232 yards on 22 receptions to finish with a combined passer rating allowed of 101.2. Cornerback Denzel Ward drew a team-high eight targets, surrendering six receptions for 45 yards in the victory.

Baltimore Ravens

Quarterback

Tyler Huntley was serviceable in relief of starter Lamar Jackson, who was forced out with an ankle injury just nine plays into Sunday’s contest.

Huntley completed 27 of his 38 attempts for 270 yards and a touchdown, adding 45 yards on the ground in the defeat. He was under pressure for most of Sunday’s showdown, as he was forced to scramble five times while succumbing to three sacks.

Despite this, Huntley remained aggressive throughout Sunday’s loss, registering an average depth of target of 8.7 yards while finishing with an adjusted completion percentage of 84.9%. Huntley also flashed moments of brilliance as a rusher, as the former undrafted free agent added three explosive run plays while averaging a season-high 7.5 yards per carry.

Running Back

Devonta Freeman continued in his role as Baltimore’s lead back Sunday, finishing with 72 yards on 18 total touches. He was aided by an overall strong performance from Baltimore’s offensive line, as Freeman averaged 2.9 yards before contact in the defeat.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

Tight end Mark Andrews continued his phenomenal season with another dominant performance Sunday, hauling in each of his 11 targets for 115 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Andrews was Huntley’s favorite target when the stakes were the highest, as the fourth-year pro led all pass-catchers with seven receiving first downs.

Wide receiver Rashod Bateman eclipsed 100 yards for the first time in his career Sunday, catching seven of his eight targets for 103 yards in the defeat. The rookie was a consistent source of chunk plays Sunday, as he led all pass-catchers with three explosive plays.

Offensive Line

Baltimore’s offensive line struggled to hold up in pass protection throughout Sunday’s contest, as the unit conceded 24 pressures and four sacks in the defeat. The group performed slightly better in the run game, facilitating a Ravens rushing attack that averaged 5.1 yards per rush.

Defensive Line

The Ravens defensive line was unable to make a significant impact in Sunday’s defeat, registering 12 pressures and zero sacks as a unit. Interior defender Justin Madubuike paced the unit with four pressures, each of which resulted in quarterback hurries.

Linebackers

Baltimore linebackers combined for 13 tackles Sunday, led by Josh Bynes, who paced the unit with six total tackles in the loss. The group was passable in coverage, allowing five receptions on seven targets for 26 yards and one first down.

Secondary

The Ravens' secondary surrendered 16 receptions for 159 yards to finish with a combined passer rating allowed of 104.2. Cornerback Anthony Averett led the unit with six targets yet allowed just three receptions for 46 yards while hauling in the team’s only interception.

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