Ravens 23, Browns 16
The Ravens’ no-huddle remained in vogue. It was employed on 49 of 77 snaps to generate 438 yards of total offense. The shotgun formation was utilized 41 times, buying time for
before pass rushers invaded the pocket. The Ravens aggressively attacked Browns' soft Cover 2 coverage scheme to exploit the absence of
, sending dangerous
deep and working intermediate area with
. The Ravens used a few double-tight end formations, but they weren't a big part of the game plan. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees mixed pure 3-4 looks with the nickel package, blitzing rookie quarterback
throughout with mixed results.
Boldin played 98 percent of the snaps. In just 10 snaps, rookie running back
had 48 rushing yards on six carries. Fullback
's playing time was up to 32 snaps with steady I-formation workload. Tight ends
(57 plays) and
(40 plays) had zero catches with Pitta only targeted twice after being a focal point in first three games. Rookie outside linebacker
got 52 snaps, but managed just three tackles.
(28 plays) and
(21 plays) divided playing time at nose guard.
had 36 snaps, five tackles, while Ellerbe had four tackles on two less snaps, including a huge hit to knock
out of the game. McClain has started every game, but is being pushed by Ellerbe.
What went right:
's textbook stiff arm flattened linebacker
. He overwhelmed
in the open field on swing passes. Flacco went after overmatched corner
, often connecting with Boldin and Smith downfield. Outside linebacker
was physical, setting the edge for eight tackles, two for losses.
is an unenviable assignment for interior blockers, displaying rare form so far. He dominated athletic Browns center
What went wrong:
committed three penalties and had issues with speed rushers. It wasn't a sterling game for rookie
struggled against stunts, and maintaining leverage. The line allowed four sacks, six quarterback hits. Flacco stared down Boldin on an end-zone throw intercepted by Robertson, continuing a trend of failing to look off defenders. Middle linebacker
had a quiet game with four tackles, and was unable to match
's speed on a red-zone touchdown run. In a mostly encouraging game,
committed a late-game penalty for shoving
that could have been costly. Kruger has to maintain his composure. Long snapper
had a rough game with a few errant snaps.
jumped a sideline pass intended for
, gambling correctly for a 63-yard interception return after being picked on for the majority of the season. His touchdown boosted the Ravens to a 23-10 advantage late in the third quarter.
Ravens' linebackers are effective stuffing the run between the tackles and building a wall, but could be vulnerable on perimeter against
star running back Jamaal Charles. He's one of the fastest players in the league.