The Baltimore Ravens briefly trailed against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, falling behind 7-3 early in the second quarter, but quickly squashed any upset talk, outscoring Cleveland 24-3 the rest of the way to maintain separation between the AFC North's upper and lower tiers.
Ravens punter Sam Koch has had a Pro Bowl-type, and he and punt-team gunner Chris Moore proved to be a lethal combination against the Browns. Eric Weddle picked him off to end their third offensive series and mark the fourth straight game that the Ravens' safety picked off a Browns QB.
Joe Flacco threw for a season-high 288 yards and didn't turn the ball over.
Wallace finished with a six catches for a team-best 89 yards, and the only other players who caught more than one pass were tight end Ben Watson (4-74) and running backs Danny Woodhead (6-31) and Alex Collins (5-33). DeShone Kizer threw two interceptions and had a fumble that resulted in a Ravens touchdown. With the dream of the playoffs still alive for Baltimore, a win against the hapless Browns is a must if they are to stand a chance of securing a Wildcard spot.
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Browns quarterback, who achieved the almost-impossible feat of throwing for minus-12 yards in the first quarter, hit Coates on a slant. It was the Ravens' fifth defensive touchdown this season. With quarterback Aaron Rodgers still not suiting up for the Packers at the time, the Browns may have had their best opportunity for a win yet. Crowell had the highlight of the game, running for 59 yards after the Browns were previously within their own five-yard line.
That run sparked a five-play, 96-yard drive touchdown drive - done entirely on the ground - to take a 7-3 lead. Fourteen losses in a row to start the 2017 season - after also starting the 2016 season with 14 losses in a row.
- Hue Jackson is now 1-29 as the head coach of the Browns.
The defense limited the Ravens run game, allowing just 3.1 yards per carry, but couldn't keep Baltimore out of the end zone after a turnover right before the half. Baltimore turned the turnovers into 17 points.