The Ravens got off to a horrible start in this game. The Ravens had their first drive end in a turnover on downs. The Ravens needed three yards and an incomplete pass gave the Browns a possession that started at their 41 yard line. There were a couple of plays where dropped passes were a problem. On one play that comes to mind, Nick Boyle missed an opportunity to make a catch in the middle of the field. The Ravens just didn’t have it in the first half of this game. Take out the last couple of minutes and the entire first half was made up of the bad and the ugly parts of this game.
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They ended their next several drives with a fumble and two punts. The Ravens came into this game with 10 wins in a row. The Browns came into this game as the definition of dysfunctional. The fact that most of the first half went so poorly for the purple and black isn’t exactly a good thing. Maybe it’s just mildly annoying after the fact, however on Sunday afternoon this was frustrating. The offense had no rhythm and the play calling was frustratingly conservative. The Ravens had spent the season driving full speed ahead and in the first half of this game it looked like they couldn’t find the gas pedal.
The Ravens won this game 31-15 but for a moment in the fourth quarter, the Browns made it interesting. The Browns scored a touchdown with just over eight minutes remaining in the game. The defense gave up a 33 yard pass and a 23 yard pass on a nine play drive. A facemask penalty on Jimmy Smith helped get the Browns in perfect position for a score that kept them in the game (at least a little bit). The Ravens saw their offense close the game out with a touchdown drive, but this drive couldn’t have pleased the Ravens’ coaching staff.