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September 21, 2014 – Browns – Recap

The Ravens come away from Cleveland with a classic Ravens win – ugly in many ways and a cliff hanger to the end.  One of the best players on the field for the Ravens was Billy Cundiff.  So glad that the Browns have him now.  The Ravens running game gouged the Browns defense for much of the game which was huge because it helped keep the Browns off the field.  Today’s game was one of the more costly that we have had in while.  By my count there were several players that were either injured or nicked up – which included Pitta (likely out for a long time, Suggs, Monroe, Jimmy Smith, Canty and few others.  Hopefully they will bounce back quickly.  The good news is – today the Ravens found a way to win in spite of some obvious mistakes and team weaknesses.  There play in the last 3 minutes of the game was brilliant!  Other thoughts below:

 

  • Taliaferro and Forsett are producing nicely  – makes we wonder if Pierce will move to 3rd on the depth chart
  • If Pitta’s injury is as severe as it looked, this offense is likely to take a step backwards in the passing game L
  • The Ravens secondary looks terrible!  Coverage is soft, tackling is horrible and Asia Jackson got smoked all day long and Webb looked like a rookie!
  • There was absolutely no pass rush today – Brian Hoyer looked as fresh as a daisy at the end of the game
  • Didn’t like Harbaugh’s call to go for it on 4th down instead of going for the 3 points – there was way too much time on the clock for that call in my opinion
  • Is it me, or does Torrey Smith look like he is out of sync?  From what I can see he is taking a lot of plays off and not giving a 100%
  • Jacoby has literally disappeared from the offense, it doesn’t help that he has forgotten how to catch
  • Although the defense gave up 375 yards, they did find a way to stop the Browns in the 4th quarter when it counted most which was nice to see
  • Matt Elam had his worst game as a Raven, terrible in coverage, got burned long, and missed several tackles
  • Suggs and Upshaw did a terrible job setting the edge and there were several big yardage plays off the ends
  • Not sure why this is, but on short yardage plays – the Ravens just can’t seem to get the job done – and it has been that way for long time
  • Senior is really emerging as the go to guy on our team and he is making some big plays in big situations
  • Ravens fullbackKyle Juszczyk is the first player from Harvard with a receiving TD since Pat McInally on Dec. 21, 1980 – way to go Kyle!
  • Tucker and Sam had another very good day kicking and were key to our victory today

 

Game Predictions

Score:                   Ravens  24  Browns 23                23/21

Turnovers:           Plus 1                                                                                   Minus 1

Rushing:               Ravens 134 yards/Browns 104 yards                        160/91

Passing:                Ravens 248 yards/Browns 211 yards                        217/284

 

Miscellaneous Predictions

  • Ravens RBs combine for 28 carries for 134 33 rushes for 160
  • Senior has 7 receptions for 83 yards 5 receptions for 101 yards
  • Jacoby takes one to the house No returns
  • Joe Thomas handles Sizzle and holds him sackless again Correct
  • Refs make terrible calls Joe’s TD was missed twice – on field and in the booth. Make no mistake it was a TD

 

Possible Monday morning headlines in the Sun Papers

  • Browns get Cundiff’ed
  • Another ugly win by the Ravens

Keys to the Game

  • Win the turnover battle Incorrect
  • Convert on 3rd downs Incorrect – 4 of 12 is not getting it done
  • Win the line of scrimmage O Line did a good job on running game and pass protection was decent

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