Lamar Jackson delivered a brilliant high during an otherwise bizarre performance, and his 13-yard touchdown pass to Mark Andrews in the third quarter was enough to lift the Baltimore Ravens to a 16-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns Sunday night.
BALTIMORE (AP) – Lamar Jackson delivered a brilliant high during an otherwise subpar performance, and his 13-yard touchdown pass to Mark Andrews in the third quarter was enough to lift the Baltimore Ravens to a 16-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns Sunday night. .
Jackson threw a career-high four interceptions in this flawed game, but the only touchdown for Baltimore was memorable. Jackson was shattered by Cleveland’s pass rush all night and scrambled all the way back to about the 35-yard line before lifting a pass over the middle to a remarkably open Andrews in the end zone.
That made it 13-3, and the Ravens (8-3) insisted on taking first place in the AFC position.
“You have to move on to the Steelers,” Jackson said. “Six games left of the season.”
Cleveland (6-6) could never get its run game – which came in as No. 1 in the league – against Baltimore’s defensive front. Nick Chubb managed just 16 yards on eight carries, and Kareem Hunt had 20 yards on seven attempts.
“Our running game has been very good and we’ve been running against that kind of stuffed boxes,” said Brown’s coach Kevin Stefanski. “As a race offense, we’ve done better than that.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh improved to 18-2 in primetime games at home and 23-4 overall against the Browns.
Baker Mayfield threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to David Njoku late in the third quarter, but Cleveland did not score again. With 13-10, the Ravens took over with 6:28 left of the match and almost ran out the rest of the clock. A reluctant call on guard Ben Powers helped stop this drive, and Justin Tucker’s 49-yard field goal pushed the lead to six with 1:10 left.
The Browns never got a first downturn on their last drive.
This was far from December, when these teams played one of the most exciting games of the 2020 NFL season – a Ravens 47-42 victory over Cleveland. This time, a quiet first half developed into a series of errors at the end of the second quarter, including five turnovers in the final 3:04.
The Ravens spent 8:41 off the clock on a 17-game drive, but settled for a field goal and a 6-0 lead after guard Kevin Zeitler made a false start on fourth-and-goal from the 1st Browns drove into Baltimore’s territory , but gave the ball away on a trick play. Receiver Jarvis Landry took a shotgun and moved around as if he wanted to throw, but he was hit and fumbled.
The Browns responded quickly with their own takeaway when a pass from Jackson came to Denzel Ward to get an interception. Cleveland turned that conversion into a field goal.
Jackson was intercepted again, giving the Browns the ball at Baltimore 28 with 56 seconds left. Two games later, Mayfield lost the ball – no one was even credited with a forced fumble – and the Ravens got close to midfield.
Jackson threw his third interception of the quarter with 21 seconds left of the half.
Cleveland’s mistakes were not limited to the end of the first half. Chase McLaughlin missed a 46-yard field goal in the first quarter and then the Browns kept a Ravens drive alive as they were called for too many men on the field as Baltimore lined up to go after it in the fourth-and-second 2. own 33.
The remarkable thing about it was that Cleveland had just called a timeout after being shown to have replacement problems in the fourth attempt. Then the Browns came out of the timeout and were still called too many men on the field.
Tucker made a 52-yard kick at the end of that possession to give the Ravens a 3-0 lead.
Hunt was back in his first fight after a calf injury. … Ravens DT Calais Campbell (concussion) missed the match. … Cleveland T Jack Conklin, returning from an elbow injury in this match, hurt his knee in the first quarter. He tried to walk gently, but then his right knee seemed to give up.
Browns: Depart next weekend, then meet the Ravens again in their next game in a planning quirk. That match is on Dec. 12 in Cleveland.
Ravens: Play another division rival next Sunday when the Ravens are in Pittsburgh.
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