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Ravens vs. Browns final: MVP, Stock-up & Stock-down

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The nightmare is over. Th Baltimore Ravens are in the 2018 NFL Playoffs as AFC North Champions as they beat the Cleveland Browns 26-24.

MVPs

Lamar Jackson — 179 passing yards, 90 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. The rookie quarterback ends his first regular season 6-1 and atop the AFC North. The fifth quarterback taken off the board in the 2018 NFL Draft is the only one to enter the post-season year one.

Jimmy Smith — Two interceptions on Baker Mayfield. What a time to produce your first multi-pick game, Beans. He also ran stride-for-stride with Antonio Callaway down the outside. Fantastic effort by the veteran cornerback.

C.J. Mosley — The game-winning interception on 4th & 10 to get the Ravens back into the playoffs for the first time since his rookie season. To finally end the nightmare.

Stock-up

Kenneth Dixon — Just feed this dude the rock. His jump-cut is lethal and his strength continues to gash teams. On 12 carries he found 117 yards, good for 9.8 YPC.

Gus Edwards — The rookie also caps off his year with incredible numbers. In the seven games he played with Lamar, Edwards finished with 654 rushing yards. Only once in his Raven career has he lost yardage on a play.

Justin Tucker — As per usual, he helped propel this team to a victory. With 13 points, he also eclipsed 140 total points on the year. He’s the first kicker to ever produce three-consecutive 140 point seasons.

Mark Andrews — Running around and finding some open space as Lamar was pushed out of bounds kept the drive alive and helped put another field goal on the board as the touchdowns kept getting called back. He also made a great, tough catch for the first down later in the game. The Salt Bae continues to move the chains.

Hayden Hurst — He’s getting more involved every week and you can tell it’s starting to click. He was targeted four times and caught two passes totaling 43 yards, including the 32-yard snag on the RPO.

Offensive line — The success of the ground game is not strictly placed upon Dixon, Edwards and Jackson. It comes from the big men up front doing their jobs. From making the critical blocks and timing their efforts to sync with the ball-carriers. From left tackle to right tackle, this unit drastically transformed into the best running unit in the NFL.

Anthony Levine Sr. — A great time for a strong pass breakup. Right after the lengthy review on Jarvis Landry’s ‘catch’, he plays perfect defense on David Njoku, who hurt the Ravens repeatedly.

Stock down — Let’s be real. This was not a perfect game. There were many mistakes. I don’t really want to come off as ungrateful after such a win but I think I can be fair in my judgments.

Marlon Humphrey — His stock has been sky-high for the past two months. He had a bad game. Thankfully, the Ravens still won and all will be forgotten. He’s going to brush this game off and come out hard against the Chargers.

Pass rush — You must finish the play. There wasn’t a single sack on Mayfield and that’s not due to their offensive line stonewalling. It was the bites on the pump-fake(s). In their defense, though, Mayfield is young, fast, agile and a true professional quarterback. He is damn good and I get why it was so difficult to harrass him. Browns fans must be thrilled as this will be their future for the next decade.

Lamar Jackson — The fumbling issues continue. If not for a quick-whistling referee, this game ends differently. Please, for the love of the game, hold onto the football.

Marty Mornhinweg — The absolutely dominant run game is great, but the option call on 3rd & 5 with the game on the line was ugly. Lamar has known fumbling issues and the best playcall with the division on the line is an option play? No, please, no.

Secondary — So many miscommunications left Breshad Perriman and Jarvis Landry streaking down the seam for touchdowns. Thankfully, this is an easy fix as they are the number one defense in the league and they’ll know why the mistakes happened in the film room this week.