Baltimore Ravens exploit training camp concerns against Cleveland Browns

Browns Baker Mayfield. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
Browns Baker Mayfield. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /

The Cleveland Browns fell to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

The Cleveland Browns fell short on Sunday to the Baltimore Ravens in a final score of 38 to 6. The Browns offensively looked good in the first half. They had a natural rhythm, were running the ball effectively to the right off of tackle Jack Conklin and guard Wyatt Teller. They were able to develop a consistent passing game in turn. Things fell apart when the team started forcing plays to Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham had an awful game overall, he got the team a facemask penalty, didn’t run his routes as crisp as he could have, and even seemingly had issues paying attention to where he was on the field. On a key play in the first half, Beckham stepped out of bounds, only to come back in and catch a pass he was no longer ineligible for. The Browns made it a note to force plays to him in the second and third quarters. This disrupted the flow of the offense.

While Baker Mayfield did throw an interception to start the game, he rebounded in the first half and was looking good, until the team abandoned the running game. In the second half, Mayfield looked like did the year prior. Forcing throws he shouldn’t, just to make something happen.

Lamar Jackson completed 20 of 25 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns. He also tacked on 45 yards rushing. The Browns were able to largely confine Jackson and limit the rushing attack of the Ravens rushing attack but the Ravens still exploited a shotty Browns secondary.

Mayfield threw for just 189 yards, completing only 21 of 39 passes for one touchdown and one interception.

Other Notes:

  • Browns rookie OT Jedrick Wills looked awful all day, missing pass blocking assignments and even whiffing on a block during a toss play towards the left. His day only got worse after he left the game due to a leg injury.
  • The Browns’ $100 million man, Myles Garrett, had one tackle all game and didn’t make any real impact on the game.
  • Odell Beckham had three receptions for 22 yards on 10 targets.
  • David Njoku caught all three passes thrown his way and was responsible for the only touchdown for the Browns on Sunday.
  • Despite poor play from Wills and general training camp concerns, the Browns only gave up two sacks and gave Mayfield plenty of time to throw.

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