The Baltimore Ravens played a pretty good game on the offensive side of the ball and defense for the Ravens was a bit shaky. However, with all of the off the field issues surrounding the Ravens, the team was able to go on the road and defeat the Cleveland Browns 23-21 in a critical AFC North matchup.
Despite the fact that Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer only had six incompletions over the course of the game with 25 passing attempts for 290 yards, the Ravens were able to get key stops when it counted most. The Ravens have won 12 out of the last 13 meetings against the Browns.
“That was an AFC North football game,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh noted via Baltimoreravens.com. “That’s a great victory on the road. Winning an AFC North game on the road this year is going to be really, really hard to do, and our guys stepped up and did it.”
The Ravens were able to run the ball with consistency as the team rushed for 160 yards and with rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro accounting for 91 of those rushing yards.
The Ravens knew it would be a tough hill to climb out of 1-2 record and the Ravens did what every good team has to do and defeat a division rival on the road. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco did what he has done for a solid portion of his seven-year career is lead the team down the field on the road and lead the team to win.
"We were staring 1-2 in the face,” Flacco noted via Baltimoreravens.com. “To be able to play the last five minutes the way we did, and to get another chance and to come away with one is huge.”
Ravens veteran wide receiver Steve Smith has been called an old man by many is quickly quieting his critics. Smith was able to haul in five catches for 101 yards including Smith burning Browns star cornerback Joe Haden down the sideline to put the Ravens in great field to position to secure the win.
The Ravens defense and special teams did what they could to give the ball back to their offense even after staring at allowing another touchdown in their red zone.
With all that has gone on with the Ravens off field with the Ray Rice issues, on the field no one can question the Ravens leadership at the moment. In a situation where a lot of teams would crumble under the off the field distractions, the Ravens seem to thrive in it.
“There’s going to be struggles no matter what, every single game,” Jackson noted via Baltimoreravens.com. “I think one of the best things about the Ravens, we’ve got a team and an organization that doesn’t know the definition of giving up. Today, I think that we showed that.”
The Ravens move on to week 4 as the team goes home to face the Carolina Panthers.