The Cleveland Browns were able to take advantage of quarterback Lamar Jackson‘s absence on Saturday evening, as they bested the Baltimore Ravens 13-3 at FirstEnergy Stadium on Saturday behind a strong defensive effort.
The victory moves the Browns to 6-8 with an outside shot of making the playoffs as a wild card team while the Ravens' loss causes them to fall to 9-5 with the potential to fall a game behind the Cincinnati Bengals in the race for the AFC North crown.
Offensive spotlight: Even in a victory, Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson wasn't very impressive, finishing 18-of-28 for 161 yards and a touchdown en route to a sub-65.0 passing grade on first review. Watson really struggled to push the ball downfield, as he registered an unimpressive 4.5-yard average depth of target. Still, Watson added 22 rushing yards from six carries while avoiding turnover-worthy plays, which enabled the offense to do enough to pick up the victory.
Defensive spotlight: To no one's surprise, Browns edge defender Myles Garrett help close out Cleveland's divisional victory with two sacks on Baltimore's final drive of the evening. On the day, Garrett registered four total pressures and two sacks in addition to a run stop en route to becoming Cleveland's highest-graded defender on first review.
Rookie spotlight: Ravens rookie center Tyler Linderbaum didn't have his best day as a run blocker, but he sure seemed comfortable in pass protection on Saturday, as he didn't allow a single across 33 snaps in pass protection en route to an 80.0-plus pass-blocking grade on first review.
Offensive line spotlight: The Browns offensive line thrived in pass protection against Baltimore's pass rush, allowing zero total pressures across 33 pass-blocking snaps on first review. In fact, the only pressure Cleveland allowed all evening was deemed the running back's fault. Guards Wyatt Teller and Joel Bitonio, in particular, performed at a high level, as each earned 80.0-plus pass-blocking grades on first review.
|Tyler Huntley||6.02||17 / 30||138||4.6||0||1|
|Deshaun Watson||12.64||18 / 28||161||5.8||1||0|
|Michael Woods II||0.9||1||-5||-5||0||-5|
|James Proche II||0||2||0||0||0||0|
|Demetric Felton Jr.||1.5||1||1||5||5||0|