Browns fall in Baltimore, 13-10
Offense could not capitalize on strong defensive effort.
BALTIMORE, Maryland (WOIO) - The Browns defense outplayed their offense on Sunday in Baltimore. The defense intercepted Lamar Jackson four times on the night. The offense turned those gifts into three points.
The Browns never lead in the game, but were teasingly close all night long. It was 6-3 at the half. When it looked like the Ravens would open the game up and run away with it, leading 13-3 in the third, the Browns struck back.
Baker Mayfield hit David Njoku for a 20-yard touchdown with under a minute to play in the quarter to cut the lead to 13-10. The sliding catch was reviewed, some angles appeared to show the ball bounce off the ground, others showed it actually bounced off part of Njoku’s leg and into his hands.
The Ravens took the 13-3 lead in on a series of plays by Lamar Jackson. The Baltimore quarterback threw on the run and hit Mark Andrews for a 39 yard gain. Moments later he avoided Browns defenders and hit Andrews for a touchdown.
The Browns defense closed the first half with three consecutive interceptions to keep it a 6-3 game.
Denzel Ward provided the second of the three pick offs. After a Jarvis Landry fumble, on a play where he was lined up at quarterback, Ward intercepted Lamar Jackson to get the ball right back. The Browns drove for a 45-yard Chase McLaughlin field goal to make it 6-3.
The Ravens scored first on a bizarre scoring drive late in the first quarter. They needed nine plays to cover 41 yards, getting 20 of them on Browns penalties. One came on a critical fourth down that gave Baltimore a first down. The Ravens had their offense on the field to go for the first down. Moments earlier they had converted a fake punt, only to have it waived off because the officials had not said the ball was in play yet.
Earlier in the quarter, Myles Garrett got his league-leading 14th sack of the season.
The Browns fall to 6-6 on the year, they have a bye next weekend.
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