Cleveland Browns Defensive Grade: B+
From this point forward, I don’t want to hear a single bad thing about defensive coordinator Joe Woods. I have been critical of him throughout the season, but not anymore. The game plan he had for Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense was brilliant and well-executed.
With all that said, the Cleveland defense really came to play and was the reason that the Browns were in the game from start to finish. They held the Ravens offense to 16 points and 303 yards of total offense.
The secondary came up huge by picking off Jackson four times. Grant Delpit, Denzel Ward, John Johnson III, and Ronnie Harrison all took the ball away from Jackson and the Ravens offense. However, the offense could not take full advantage, but more on that later.
Myles Garrett recorded his 14th sack of the season which leads the league. He tied Reggie Camp for the most sacks in a single season in Browns franchise history. He also set a new career-high, surpassing 13.5 back in 2018. He could very well set the NFL single-season record held by Michael Strahan who had 22.5 back in 2001.
Rookie Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was drafted for games against the Ravens. He has a dynamic approach to the game and has blazing speed. Well in his first encounter with Jackson and this offense, JOK showed out with 12 tackles and a half-a-sack. He was making plays all over the field and proved he can be a difference-maker in this rivalry and the league moving forward.
Jackson finished with 165 passing yards and a touchdown while also rushing 17 times for 68 yards.
The defense did all they could, outside of letting Mark Andrews get open for a touchdown while Jackson scrambled out of harm’s way, to put the team in position to win the game. Baltimore controlled the time of possession by 15 minutes as they rushed for 148 yards as a team.