Browns collapse

 

There were a lot of things different in Sunday’s Ravens vs Browns game. No fans, no preceding preseason, masks, as well as other items. But, somethings never change. The Browns are one of those things. The Browns played like the… Browns. Austin Seibert missed an extra point and a field goal, Jamie Gillian fumbled on a fake punt, Odell Beckham Jr. looked like he didn’t want to play, and the play-calling wasn’t anything to be proud of. Baker Mayfield struggled, going 21 for 39, with one touchdown and only one interception (it should have been three), while amassing only 189 yards.

 

OBJ

 

For the third straight game against the Ravens, Odell Beckam Jr. was a complete non-factor. In his three games vs. Baltimore as a Brown, he has amassed nine receptions for 86 yards. This is by a premier NFL wide receiver. Yes, the Ravens secondary deserves a lot of credit, but Beckham isn’t getting targets. He doesn’t look engaged in the game, and I doubt if he wants to be playing football in Cleveland.

 

Ravens rookies

 

The Ravens rookies were phenomenal. Patrick Queen led the Ravens in tackles and recorded a sack and a strip. J.K. Dobbins showed an ability to get to the edge, something the Ravens struggled with last year while recording two touchdowns. Tyre Phillips was stellar at right guard. Malik Harrison had a bad play or two, but aside from that he was solid.

 

Ravens passing game

 

The Ravens thrived offensively on Sunday by throwing the football. The Ravens set rushing history right and left in 2019, but the Browns did a good job stopping the run, limiting the Ravens to 107 yards on 30 carries. But Lamar Jackson easily picked up the slack. Jackson diced up the Browns defense, going 20 for 25 totaling 3 touchdowns, 275 yards, and no interceptions. Jackson recorded his third game with a passer rating over 150. He is the first quarterback to record three games with a passer rating over 150 in the first three seasons in the NFL. Keep in mind that Jackson has started only 26 games, not even two full seasons worth of games. Additionally, Jackson leads all quarterbacks since 2019 in three passing touchdown performances.

 

The Ravens rushing game

 

The Ravens uncharacteristically struggled to run the football. They totaled 107 yards on 30 carries. The Ravens did score twice on the ground, both in the hands of Dobbins. The Browns completely played the run, and let Jackson beat them with his arm, which he did. A questionable interior offensive line didn’t win in the trenches, which didn’t help the running game. This was the worst rushing game in the regular season since Jackson took over as quarterback for the Ravens.

 

Lamar Jackson’s growth

 

Lamar Jackson looked even better then he did in 2019. He threw perfect passes everywhere on the field, including outside the numbers. He went 9 for 10 for 180 yards on throws over ten yards, and he led all quarterbacks with the deepest depth of target. Jackson hit a couple of deep balls on the left side of the field, one for a touchdown to Willie Snead, and the other to Marquise Brown for the longest completion of the day. Jackson was spectacular on Sunday, and he just keeps on getting better and better.