Baker Mayfield outdid his sophomore counterpart in Week 4, leading his Browns to a decisive 40-25 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
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Nick Chubb was outstanding today, as he seemed to force a missed tackle on every run in the second half. His home run in the fourth quarter removed all doubt as to who the victor of this contest would be.
Baker Mayfield made some big throws today, but his pocket presence continues to be worrisome. Today he struggled to keep his feet set, and on several occasions, he backpedaled out of a clean pocket and threw off his back foot.
Myles Garrett had a surprisingly quiet game against the Ravens. Garrett divided his time between the left and right side of the line, but whether facing Ronnie Stanley or Orlando Brown Jr., he had very little success as a pass-rusher. He recorded a single tackle as a run defender, but his performance was otherwise entirely forgettable.
As a unit, the Browns’ defense notably lacked standout performances and never felt dominant. However, they were able to take advantage of Baltimore’s self-inflicted injuries, which proved to be enough. Many of Cleveland’s key defensive plays really had more to do with Baltimore: Lamar Jackson throwing the ball to empty air on a fourth-down miscommunication, Jackson forcing the ball into double coverage, Mark Ingram fumbling, etc.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson finished the game with a so-so stat line, throwing for 247 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, which suggests a stronger performance than he actually had. One of the touchdowns and 94 of Jackson’s passing yards came on the final drive of the game when Baltimore was down by three scores. Had Jackson spent the whole game looking as decisive and accurate as he was in garbage time, the Ravens would have posed a serious challenge to the Browns.
One of the biggest surprises of the game was the lack of production for rookie Marquise Brown, particularly given the absence of both Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams. Brown was targeted seven times, catching four passes for just 22 yards; one of the incompletions was a drop. His longest reception of the day went for only 10 yards.
Marlon Humphrey had a very up-and-down afternoon, as he generally limited Odell Beckham when matched against him, but he had struggles elsewhere. He took multiple penalties and appeared to bust coverage on a huge catch and run by Cleveland tight end Ricky Seals-Jones.
The Ravens’ inability to hold gaps or tackle the ball carrier was their undoing. On Chubb’s two big second-half touchdown runs, multiple Ravens both missed tackles and overpursued.