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Key Coaching Decision #1: (BAL ball / No score / Third – and- 1 CLE 47 / 13:27 Q1)
• Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson had an early successful challenge on a Joe Flacco scramble that was ruled a first down. The first down ruling was reversed and it was determined that he was short of the first down. Credit to defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker. He was near the play on the sideline and the first down marker and emphatically pointed out to the rest of the staff that Flacco was short of the first down.
Key Coaching Decision #2: (BAL ball / no score / Fourth – and- 1 CLE 47 / 13:10 Q1)
• Early in the game, the Ravens might have known they were going to struggle as bad as they did on 3rd down (4-of-16). In response to Jackson’s successful challenge, the Ravens attempted a fourth down conversion. The Ravens were successful. A failure here would have given the Browns excellent field position to start the game. This was a big conversion. It would have been a less than ideal way to start the game. This drive would result in no points for the Ravens. They would have to punt.
Key Coaching Decision #3: (CLE ball / TIED GAME (9-9) / Fourth – and- 5 BAL 39 / 3:26 OT)
• Cleveland attempted a fourth down conversion in Baltimore territory. The conversion was not successful and the Ravens took over on downs. The attempt was a deep pass to Jarvis Landry down the left sideline. The referees might have missed a pass interference or illegal contact call, however. This attempt was in place of a 57-yard field goal attempt. The Browns had attempted a 55–yard field goal at the end of regulation. Attempting a field goal here and missing would have given the Ravens the ball in even better field position. Also, a higher percentage pass play would have been more advisable here.
Key Coaching Decision #4: (BAL ball / TIED GAME / First down through fourth down – and- 10 BAL 39 / 3:22 – 3:07 Q4)
• Baltimore took over with favorable field position and took little time off the clock (0:25 off the clock) and did not move the ball down the field and had to punt. This gave the Browns the ball back and plenty of time on the clock to allow them to move the ball down field, starting from their own 16 so they could kick the game winning field goal.
General facts about the game
• This was Browns QB, Baker Mayfield’s second career start and the third team he has faced. It arguably was the best of the three defenses he has gone up against.
• This was a battle that featured the last two Heisman Trophy Award winners: Mayfield and Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.
• The penalty disparity until the fourth quarter was massive. The Ravens didn’t get penalized until late in the fourth quarter. The final count had Cleveland flagged 10 times for 66 yards and the Ravens penalized four times for 41 yards. However, those four penalties were costly. Key punt returns, and runs late in the game were negated by illegal blocks. Both of them helped move the Ravens out of more reasonable field goal range and likely a victory.
• It is week five and the Ravens have no more divisional road games. They went 1-2 against AFC North foes on the road.
• Baltimore’s offense was 4 of 16 on third down conversions and their issues on 3rd down hindered their ability to extend drives and score points.
• The Ravens are getting Lamar Jackson into the game. His role is somewhat murky. He threw one pass yesterday. He lines up at quarterback, but is really only a threat to run to this point. However there is an issue with that. He doesn’t look the same as he did while at Louisville. He might’ve gotten a little bigger and less wiry and mobile. Also NFL players are faster than those found in the ACC.
• Baltimore’s field goal attempt at the end of the half was blocked. It is Justin Tucker’s second blocked field goal of the year. They used the clock wisely to get downfield.
• Michael Crabtree’s drops were costly. He dropped a pass late in the game that would have given the Ravens a lead.
• The Ravens had three straight possessions and four out of five with position on their own 40 yard line or better. They only got three points out of those drives.
• Baltimore’s defense sacked Mayfield five times.
• Cleveland’s offense was stagnant for most of the game but had some timely executions. Their end of half, two minute drill resulted in a touchdown.
• Early in the third quarter Cleveland had an opportunity to go up two scores and take control of the game, as they took over after a Baltimore fumble at the Ravens 42-yard line. The Browns kicked a field goal rather than a touchdown. This made the score 9-3 and kept the Ravens in the game.
• The Cleveland secondary played well. The fourth overall pick in the 2018 draft, Denzel Ward was outstanding with five tackles, three passes defended, and an interception as well as a blocked field goal at the end of the first half.
• Cleveland has lost three fourth quarter leads this year when they began the fourth quarter with the lead. The Browns had leads against NO (12-3 ), OAK (28-21) and BAL (9-6). They are 1-2 in these games.