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Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns – CBS, 1:00 PM
Mayfield: The future of the Browns?
Baker Mayfield has been aiming downfield at a much higher rate than Tyrod Taylor and has been more accurate while doing so. Mayfield’s 10.2 average depth of target shows his upside, and the 7.8 yards per attempt mark displays how efficient the young quarterback has been in his short 2018 campaign.
Hyde not looking spry
Browns’ running back Carlos Hyde ranks first in the league in rushing attempts (83), but he hasn’t been as efficient as the team would like him to be. His forced tackle percentage is one of the lowest in the league, not a good sign for a player with young draft picks sitting behind him hungry to get on the field.
Garrett a star in the making
Browns’ Myles Garrett is a prolific edge-rusher, who has made a name for himself by pressuring opposing quarterbacks. An area of his game people aren’t as aware of is his ability to stop the run. Through four games, Garrett ranks first among all edge defenders with a 90.3 run-defense grade.
Ward shutting them down
Rookie cornerback Denzel Ward and his 27.6% contested catch rate haven’t made it easy on opposing wide receivers. Ward has the eighth highest defense grade in the 2018 draft class (77.7) as well as the third highest coverage grade (82.4).
Flacco leading by the pass
Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco has dropped back to pass 171 times this season, but 111 of those dropbacks came in the first half. This strategy has worked out well for the veteran quarterback so far.
The tight ends are balling
Before the start of the season, the Baltimore Ravens’ tight end group was believed to be a weak spot on the roster. Now, the position group is a large part of the team’s success, and Hayden Hurst has yet to make his NFL debut. The group has the fourth most yards (321) and the second most receptions (31) from tight ends in the league.
Carr playing at a high level
The Baltimore Ravens viewed veteran cornerback Brandon Carr as a placeholder for suspended Jimmy Smith before the season, but Smith now has a 72.9 season grade, which is well above league average, as well as the highest grade among Baltimore’s cornerbacks.
Ravens defense shutting them down
The Ravens’ defense has been a no-fly-zone with the second-highest team coverage grade in the NFL (86.7). This success has been due in large part to their stellar safety duo of Anthony Levine Sr. and Tony Jefferson.