Ravens Drop Second Straight Game in Loss to Browns

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September 29, 2019 - 5:46 pm

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By Joe Schiller

The Baltimore Ravens came into Sunday with a chance to take a two-game lead in the AFC North with a win over the Cleveland Browns. But after a shaky defensive performance against the Kansas City Chiefs last week, those struggles continued on a larger scale. 

The Ravens' defense allowed 530 yards and 40 points in a 40-25 loss to the Browns in Week 4. With the loss, the Ravens dropped their second straight game to fall to 2-2. 

Like we saw in Kansas City, the Ravens' best defensive stand came on the first drive of the game. Baltimore forced a three-and-out following a sack from Tyus Bowser 

Baltimore's best defensive stand came on the first drive. Tyus Bowser's sack on Baker Mayfield forced a three-and-out, giving the Ravens all the momentum, but they weren't able to take advantage. Lamar Jackson and the offense struggled to find any rhythm, punting on their first three drives of the game. 

The Browns struck first as Baker Mayfield found Ricky Seals-Jones for a three-yard touchdown to give Cleveland a 7-0 lead. Baltimore tied things up at 7-7 soon after as Jackson found Miles Boykin for a 9-yard touchdown. It was Boykin's first career touchdown reception.

Jarvis Landry ripped off a 65-yard reception on a play Tony Jefferson could have stopped if he wrapped up. The Browns got within field goal range and Austin Seibert's 24-yard field goal gave Cleveland a 10-7 halftime lead. 

Justin Tucker's 41-yard field goal tied the game out of the half at 10-10. But every time it seemed like the Ravens were climbing back into the game, they suffered self-inflicted wounds. On the ensuing drive, Mayfield connected with Seals-Jones for a 59-yard gain, and one play later, Nick Chubb capped off the drive with a 14-yard touchdown run to extend the Browns' lead 17-10. Mark Ingram provided a rare mistake to a strong start of the season and fumbled to give the ball right back to Cleveland. 

Down 24-10, the Ravens made it a six-point game from Mark Andrew's 8-yard touchdown reception and a two-point conversion. But Chubb broke off an 88-yard game-sealing touchdown run to give the Browns a 30-18 lead midway through the fourth quarter. 

After scoring 13 points in two of their first three games of the season, the Browns had a breakout performance in all facets of the offense. Mayfield finished 20-of-30 for 342 yards and a touchdown. Chubb rushed for 165 yards, while Landry led all receivers with 167 yards on eight receptions. 

The Ravens will travel to Pittsburgh next week in another AFC North clash. If there's anything as close to a "must-win" game this early in the season, this would be it.