Baltimore Ravens smash the Browns, inch closer to the playoffs

Ross Houston
December 18, 2017

Flacco hit on some key plays down the middle of the field at all levels, completing 18-of-25 for 208 yards and his touchdown passes on throws targeted between the numbers.

Our bet of the day is Baltimore Ravens visiting the Cleveland Browns and giving up just 7 points.

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The Browns are also the first team in National Football League history to be 0-14 in back-to-back seasons. There were some missed throws (including a late toss to Mike Wallace that could have been a touchdown) however Flacco did more than enough to win this game. Duke Johnson capped the 5-play, 96-yard drive with a 12-yard TD run that saw him take a step to the right before bouncing it left and walking in to the endzone for a 7-3 lead with 8:12 to play in the half. However, after a failed Alex Collins rush on fourth and goal, Browns running back Isaiah Crowell woke up the Dawg Pound with a 59-yard carry into Baltimore territory.

- After a strong performance last week, DeShone Kizer was due for a bad one.

The Ravens, who entered the game ranked second in turnover-margin at plus-13, came up with nine turnovers in two games against the Browns. If they win their remaining two games, December 23 against the Indianapolis Colts and December 31 against the Cincinnati Bengals - both at home - they will finish 10-6 and secure a playoff berth.

Later in the drive, the Ravens again found themselves in a third and goal, but instead of Collins getting the call, Flacco walked in a quarterback keeper. Kizer was also intercepted on Cleveland's third drive by Eric Weddle, who snared an overthrow for his sixth pick of the season.

The Ravens answered quickly.

The Ravens got a rushing touchdown from Joe Flacco, a receiving score from Benjamin Watson, and a fumble recovery score from Brandon Williams en route to the victory, which got the team to 8-6 and kept them in line for a possible playoff berth. The Ravens scored a pair of touchdowns in the closing minutes of the first half to take a 17-10 lead into halftime.

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