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NFL Week 16 PFF ReFocused: Baltimore Ravens 31, Cleveland Browns 15

The Baltimore Ravens rolled to a 31-15 victory over the Cleveland Browns in Week 16 of the 2019 NFL season.

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Final Score

Baltimore Ravens 31, Cleveland Browns 15

Baltimore Ravens

Although MVP frontrunner Lamar Jackson had a slow start to the game — he had a couple of inaccurate passes and also fumbled as a result of a miscommunication on a handoff — he made up for it later in the game as he kept his poise and led the Ravens to a win. In the end, Jackson ran for more than 100 yards and had a passer rating of 120.1.

Tight end Mark Andrews continued his effective season against the Browns. Andrews led the team with nine targets, six receptions and 93 receiving yards as he hauled in all of his catchable targets and also scored two touchdowns.

Ravens safety Chuck Clark had an excellent day, as he led the defense in the win against the Browns. Clark got his hands on the football a total of four times — he batted down two passes after rushing the quarterback and also made two pass breakups in coverage.

It was tough to tell that cornerback Marlon Humphrey was on the field for 58 snaps against the Browns, as he was targeted so rarely. Humphrey did make one big play, though, as he picked off Baker Mayfield's throw in the fourth quarter to seal the win for Baltimore.

Cleveland Browns

While quarterback Baker Mayfield was relatively accurate this afternoon and was victimized by a couple of drops, his incompletions were the result of some terrible decisions. Mayfield had two separate plays where he just got rid of the ball before the pressure was able to get to him, and while one resulted in the game-sealing interception, the other should have been intercepted but was called an incomplete pass only after review.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s game against Baltimore symbolized the type of season the Browns are having. He made some really nice plays, including his touchdown reception on a fade route. However, he was also penalized for taunting, which cost Cleveland 15 yards.

Cleveland's linebackers struggled against the Baltimore offense as the Ravens attacked the middle of the field both in the run game and on pass plays. Linebacker Joe Schobert was no exception, as he failed to come off blocks and attack the line of scrimmage despite picking up nine tackles in the contest.

While the Ravens' offense had a lot of success running the ball and throwing to the middle of the field, their receivers did not make a big impact on this game. Cornerback Denzel Ward was one of the main reasons for that, as he had an excellent day in coverage. Even when he allowed a reception, he made the tackle right after the catch.

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