Ravens studs and duds from crucial Week 12 win over the Browns

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1. Odafe Oweh, OLB, Ravens

Say it with us: Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons may still have an edge based on his dominance of late, but Ravens rookie Odafe Oweh had a game to remember in Week 12.

Oweh finished with a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery in which he recovered his own forced fumble, and four quarterback pressures. Even the Browns’ highly-touted offensive line had no answer for the Penn State product who made sure Baker Mayfield knew his name.

His fumble recovery was by far his best highlight: with a minute left in the first half, Oweh beat Cleveland’s right tackle and charged at Mayfield, causing him to lose the ball.

Oweh has now forced a fumble in each of the Ravens’ three primetime home games.

Many will remember his clutch forced fumble against the Kansas City Chiefs, and Oweh forced Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz to lose the football in that Ravens victory, too.

According to NextGen Stats, Oweh has five turnovers caused by pressure, tying him with the Bengals’ Trey Hendrickson and the Cardinals’ Markus Golden for the most in the league. It’s also the most by a rookie in a season in the NextGen Stats era.

Through 12 weeks, Oweh has been elite, and he’s only getting better.

2. Tyus Bowser, OLB, Ravens

Another amazing game for Tyus Bowser. The outside linebacker had four tackles, a sack, and three quarterback hits — the sack on Mayfield gives him a team-leading 5.5 total sacks so far this season, ahead of veteran Justin Houston.

But Bowser’s best plays weren’t necessarily directed at Mayfield. His ability to rush the passer was equally complimented by his pass coverage skills as Bowser shut down the Browns’ tight ends all game.

He kept one of Mayfield’s favorite targets, Austin Hooper, quiet (Hooper had zero catches on three targets) and stopped David Njoku on a game-ending fourth down to seal the Ravens victory.

Patrick Queen should also get a nod for his defensive performance this game, in which he recorded a team-leading eight total tackles.