Ravens Win Another Sloppy Game to Take Over First Place in AFC

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Ravens Win Another Sloppy Game to Take Over First Place in AFC

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Ravens Win Another Sloppy Game to Take Over First Place in AFC

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Coming off a dramatic win last week, the Ravens hosted the Cleveland Browns under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football and came out with a win.

On the opening drive of the game, the Browns ended up missing a field goal that would have put them ahead. They had found some open space in the Ravens defense but ultimately failed to get on the board.

It would be the Ravens who would open the scoring with a Justin Tucker field goal to give them a three to nothing lead late in the first quarter. After one quarter, the score remained the same with the Ravens holding onto a slight lead over their division rival.

With a few minutes left in the second quarter, the Ravens missed an opportunity to punch the ball into the endzone and had to settle for a 25-yard field goal with them right at the goal line. The field goal gave them a six to nothing lead over Cleveland.

The Ravens defense would force a turnover on the next drive when the Browns tried to have wide receiver Jarvis Landry throw the ball on a trick play and while he was scrambling around, he was strip sacked. However, the Ravens would give the ball right back after quarterback Lamar Jackson would throw an interception a few plays into the drive to give the ball back to the Browns. The Browns would add a 46-yard field goal to cut the Ravens lead down to three.

Lamar Jackson would throw another interception with under a minute in the game to give Cleveland another chance with great field position. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield would continue the turnover battle with a fumble of his own with Baltimore recovering the ball around mid-field. Once again, the turnovers continued as Lamar Jackson would throw his third interception of the first half. The score would remain at six to three going into halftime of a very sloppy, low-scoring game.

On the opening drive of the second half, the Ravens finally broke through with a touchdown when Lamar Jackson scrambled backwards and heaved up a throw that ended up in the hands of tight end Mark Andrews. This score extended the Ravens lead to ten for a score of 13 to three.

Later in the third quarter, the Browns would take advantage of a roughing the passer call and finally get into the endzone to cut the deficit down to only three. Baker Mayfield completed a pass to tight end David Njoku for a 20-yard score to get the Browns their first touchdown of the game, just before the end of the third quarter.

On the next drive, Lamar Jackson would throw another interception, giving the ball back to Cleveland. The Browns and Ravens would trade punts over the next few minutes with the Ravens holding onto a slim three-point lead with under nine minutes to go in the game.

  • Baltimore would go on an impressive drive where they basically ran out the clock and added another Justin Tucker field goal to give them a 16 to 10 lead with about a minute to go. The Ravens defense held serve and forced a turnover on downs to end the game.

The Ravens won another scrappy, low-scoring game to improve their record to 8-3 and take first place in the AFC. Despite the four interceptions, Lamar Jackson did enough to help his team grind out a huge divisional win. Baltimore will look to keep it going next week when they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road.

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