RAVENS – 25
BROWNS – 15
On Sunday Baltimore continued their dominance over the Cleveland Browns. The Ravens extended their streak to 10 straight against the Browns with a 25-15 victory. This was a hard fought battle, which is what is to be expected when an AFC North showdown occurs. Both teams pounded the ball on the ground on offense and leaned heavily on their defenses. Both teams were held to under 300 yards of total offense while each team had over 100 yards rushing. It was an AFC North battle for sure, with the more experienced Ravens coming out on top and extended their record to 6-2 while dropping the Browns to 2-7.
What the Ravens did to win the game
Baltimore got back to playing the brand of Ravens football that we have come to known over the years. They leaned on their defense and running attack to win the game. Ray Rice had his highest number of carries for the season at 25, and they resulted in 98 yards and a touchdown. Also rookie running back Bernard Pierce chipped in with 7 carries for 26 yards and a score of his own. The leaning on of the running game was also evident in what was Joe Flacco’s fewest passing attempts of the year as he finished the game 15 of 24 for 153 yards and a score which just happened to be the game clincher.
The Ravens defense also got back on track on Sunday in what might have been their best performance of the year. They held the Browns offense out of the end zone all game and allowed only 5 field goals and 290 total yards. The most impressive part about Baltimore’s defense on Sunday was that the Browns had 5 trips to the red-zone and didn’t register a touchdown in any of their 5 trips. Rookie stud Trent Richardson racked up his third 100-yard rushing game of the year in route to 105 rushing yards. The Ravens did shut down the Browns other rookie first round pick though in holding QB Brandon Weeden to 176 yards passing and forcing him into two interceptions.
This week I had the key math-up being Ed Reed versus Brandon Weeden. Ed Reed won this contest as he picked off Brandon Weeden on their last attempt to manage a comeback in the 4th quarter. Even though Reed wasn’t able to turn the pick into six points, it still sealed the Browns fate and capped off a dominating Ravens defensive performance.
I predicted the Ravens defense coming out and dominating this game and winning 27-7. The Ravens defense played a very stout game and looked the best they have in weeks, and won 25-15. This week’s prediction was much closer than my last games debacle.
Next Sunday the Ravens return home and will be looking to improve to 7-2 against a struggling 3-5 Oakland Raiders team at 1:00pm. Stayed tuned for the game preview later in the week.