What a fun and ridiculous game that was. Back and forth until the final minute when it looks like the Browns are going to steal a victory away. Then out of nowhere, Brent Urban in his first action as a pro blocks the game winning field goal attempt with Will Hill running it the rest of the way for a touchdown and a win. You couldn't ask for more out of a game than a last second kick-six.
The Ravens played up and down all game long. Despite the exciting ending, there were a few Ravens that allowed the Browns to get into it at the end and there were a few trying their hardest to secure victory earlier. We'll take a look at who were the studs and who were the duds.
I'm going to give it to both Javorius Allen and Terrance West today. Even though offensive coordinator Marc Trestman seemed to abandon the run late in the game, the Ravens running backs were chewing up the yards and the clock whenever they touched the ball. Combined, they had 19 rushes for 92 yards. As a group, that gave them a 4.8 yard per carry average. Not too bad behind an offensive line starting 3 reserves on the left side, as well as a new quarterback. If Cleveland was going to pinpoint anything, it would have been the running attack. Yet both West and Allen gave it their all when running the ball, blocking for Schaub, and even catching the ball out of the backfield.
People forget that the Ravens even have cornerback Shareece Wright on the team. It's understandable since he has rarely been targeted since coming on and getting meaningful snaps on this defense. Part of that might be because of the glaring holes elsewhere in the secondary, but he had a few shots thrown at him and he held up incredibly well. His 5 tackles and 2 passes defended put him far above the other corners on this roster at the moment and worthy of some recognition.
Dumervil was a force on that front-seven Monday night. Abusing quarterback Josh McCown all evening long, Dumervil had credit with 1.5 sacks, but his value was felt by McCown and Austin Davis throwing away the ball or just being off target.
Even though the Ravens have had very little pass rush from the rest of the team since the injury to outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, Dumervil has been a trooper, fighting double teams and chip blocks to abuse quarterbacks and make tackles elsewhere.
The polar opposite of Shareece Wright right now, Jimmy Smith just doesn't look like himself. He's been slow getting to the ball and just out of focus all season long. It could very well be his foot not being 100% that is hurting his game, but he needs to get it figured out after the Ravens gave him a big contract. As it was, he allowed a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns and just looked bad all game long. I have faith he'll eventually get back to his old self, but he needs to settle down a bit.
I almost put him in the "studs" category for a minute there. He looked downright good for most of the game, right up until his pick-six. He got his second touchdown of the night on the next drive, which redeems him, but he just looked off afterwards. Whether the Browns changed things up and knew how to attack him after that, they ended up securing a late game interception as the Ravens really needed to drive down the field a bit more at the very least. If he could take back just those 2 throws, he'd be a stud for sure as he was overall solid minus 2 really bad decisions.