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2022 NFL Season: Grading all 32 first-round picks after Week 14 - Sam Monson

14. BALTIMORE RAVENS: S KYLE HAMILTON, NOTRE DAME

Overall Rookie Grade: 78.9 (Rank: 2/26)

Principal Opponent: TE PAT FREIERMUTH

Week 14 Snaps: 50

This week saw Kyle Hamilton set a new single-game high for snaps, exceeding the 42 he played in his NFL debut in Week 1. He tallied four tackles, one of which was a defensive stop, but he also allowed a catch each time the ball was thrown into his coverage, one of which went for a touchdown.

Hamilton’s best games have come when he has had a smaller role within the defense this season.

25. BALTIMORE RAVENS: C TYLER LINDERBAUM, IOWA

Overall Rookie Grade: 74.4 (Rank: 1/4 )

Principal Opponent: DI TYSON ALUALU

Week 14 Snaps: 61

Linderbaum had the best game of his season this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He earned a PFF run-blocking grade of 90.9, the first time he has even cleared 80.0 in that area, and he allowed only one pressure all game as a pass-blocker. Linderbaum’s movement skills are evident every time he plays, and his last two weeks have been a notable uptick in pass protection.

NFL Week 15 Power Rankings 2022: 1-32 poll, plus FPI rankings - Jamison Hensley

9. Baltimore Ravens (9-4)

Week 14 ranking: 9

Offense: 12

Defense: 11

Special teams: 2

The Ravens’ offense and defense have similar efficiencies, but they are two sides of the ball going in opposite directions. Lamar Jackson and the offense started off hot before struggling in the red zone recently, which is why the Ravens are averaging 16.5 points in their past four games. Their defense blew three fourth-quarter leads early in the season, but Baltimore has allowed the second-fewest points (13.4) since acquiring middle linebacker Roquan Smith in Week 9. The constant is the traditionally strong special teams, led by one of the best kickers in NFL history, Justin Tucker.

NFL Power Rankings: Taking a look at every team’s offseason wish list - Bo Wulf

7. Baltimore Ravens (9-4)

(Last week: 10)

Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton

The Ravens emerged victorious from a bruising matchup with the Steelers that saw both starting quarterbacks knocked out of the game. With Lamar Jackson still on the mend and Tyler Huntley in the concussion protocol, Baltimore may be forced to start undrafted rookie Anthony Brown against Cleveland on Saturday. Still, the Ravens appear playoff-bound and will go as far as Jackson takes them once healthy. In the offseason, once Baltimore has secured Jackson’s return — either with a new long-term contract or the franchise tag — it’ll still need to surround him with weapons. Slayton is the closest thing on the market to “low-rent DeSean Jackson.”

NFL Offensive Player Rankings, Week 15: Building the AFC Pro Bowl Games roster on offense - David Carr

FULLBACK

Patrick Ricard

Baltimore Ravens · FB

It’s no surprise that the three-time Pro Bowler has played a big role in the Ravens’ rushing attack, which is tied for second-best in the NFL with 162.2 rush yards per contest this season. He has once again played the most offensive snaps (535) of any fullback this season, boasts the highest Pro Football Focus grade among fullbacks and is the only FB with a run-blocking grade of 80 or higher (82.9).

TIGHT END

Mark Andrews

Baltimore Ravens · TE2

Andrews and the Ravens’ offense are atypically sleepy this season, with the veteran tight end logging just two 100-yard receiving games so far. Despite the struggles through the air, Andrews’ presence in the run game has allowed Baltimore to average 162.2 rush yards per game in 2022.

Amid uncertainty at QB, Ravens are field goal road underdogs vs. Cleveland Browns - Jonas Shaffer

The Ravens have won two straight games and six of their past seven, a stretch that started with a 23-20 home win in Week 7 over Cleveland. The Browns (5-8) have split their two games with quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was suspended for the season’s first 11 games after being sued for sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Cleveland beat the Houston Texans, 27-14, in Week 13, led mostly by its special teams and defense, and lost to the Cincinnati Bengals, 23-10, on Sunday. Watson is 38-for-64 (59.4%) for 407 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions this season, and he’s rushed 13 times for 54 yards.

The Ravens are 5-2 against the spread on the road this season. They’re also 5-1 against the spread in matchups with the Browns over their past six meetings, according to CBS Sports.

The Ravens lead the all-time series with Cleveland 35-12 and have won five of their past six meetings. They last swept the Browns in 2020.

Week 15: Ravens Vs. Browns Preview, Where to Watch, Prediction - Todd Karpovich

The Browns will aggressively attack the Ravens with Myles Garrett, who has 12 sacks — tied for second in the NFL. Safety Grant Delpit leads the team with 75 tackles. However, the Browns are minus-5 in turnover ratio, which is 27th in the league.

Baltimore will get its first look at quarterback Deshaun Watson in a Browns uniform. Watson, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, has struggled against the Ravens in the past. He has gone 0-2 and thrown for 444 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He also had eight carries for just 29 yards. However, he is still a quarterback that can still create matchup problems.

The Browns have a dominant ground attack led by Nick Chubb, who is ranked third in the NFL with 1,153 yards rushing. Kareem Hunt is also averaging 4.0 yards per carry. The Ravens, however, have been stout in shutting down opposing running back and are allowing just 81.2 yards rushing per game, which ranks second in the league. Chubb had 91 yards and a touchdown against Baltimore in Week 7. The Ravens won that game 23-20.

The Ravens cannot afford a slip and they are playing with intensity. Even with the quarterback situation unsettled, the Ravens got a boost last week with left tackle Ronnie Stanley, safety Marcus Williams and Dobbins back in the lineup. The Ravens should have enough players to eke out another key AFC North victory.

Ravens 17, Browns 16