The Ravens beat Cleveland Sunday, making it their 12th win against Cleveland in the John Harbaugh/Joe Flacco era.
The Ravens improved offense came to play as Joe Flacco was 19 of 31 for 217 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Ravens' offensive line allowed no sacks for the second consecutive game, and Paul Kruger only had one quarterback hit after promising to make Joe Flacco's life miserable, especially after he's been hailed as a rising star in Cleveland. Lorenzo Taliaferro had a breakout game, rushing 18 times for 91 yards and his first career touchdown. Justin Forsett would rush for 63 yards on 11 carries.
Steve Smith continues to give the middle finger to age, as he had five receptions for 101 yards, his last one setting up Justin Tucker's' 32-yard field goal (did anyone hear him say "I am a motherf---er" after a long catch? I did). Kyle Juszczyk had a break-out game, catching three passes for 54 yards and one touchdown. Marlon Brown had his first reception, a 15-yarder. I expect that both of them will get more attention in the coming weeks, along with Owen Daniels and Crockett Gillmore.
The Ravens special teams had a big day, as Sam Koch had 3 punts for 158 yards, the coverage team would down his final punt deep in Cleveland territory, Asa Jackson had a crucial block on a Billy Cundiff field goal, and Justin Tucker nailed two field goals, including the game-winner, his seventh game winning field goal.
But the Browns weren't the Browns of old. Isaiah Crowell and Terrence West look like a promising RB duo, as they each had rushing touchdowns (though the Browns would finish with 91 rushing yards), Brian Hoyer went 19 of 25 for 290 passing yards and one touchdown, which is much better quarterback play than the Browns have had for the majority of the decade, and Kyle Shanahan ran some plays that the Ravens weren't expecting.
The Johnny Manziel package was a bunch of fuss over nothing, as Manziel would come in twice, handing off once, and the other being a long reception nullified by an illegal shift penalty on Terrence West (we would later learn that the play was illegal as Manziel was in the coaching box and his shoulders weren't parallel to the line of scrimmage).
The Ravens were able to pound the ball and beat the Browns, but with the Browns getting solid quarterback play from Brian Hoyer and the rest of the team looking good, they aren't the same old pushover Browns.