Ravens report card for Browns game: Offense

Ravens report card for Browns game: Offense
October 12, 2015, 10:45 am
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It's time once again to hand out the grades after the Ravens stunning 33-30 overtime loss to the Browns on Sunday. We begin with the offense:


Joe Flacco completed 19 of 35 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown, and he also ran for two scores, one of them on a beautiful bootleg that fooled everyone. He hit Kamar Aiken for a 48-yard bomb early, but he didn't hit a deep ball after that. At one point Chris Givens got two steps behind Joe Haden down the sideline but Flacco never saw him. For much of the game, Flacco was content to hit his running backs and tight ends, who had 11 of the 19 receptions. But the Ravens seemed to let the foot off the gas. There were ample chances to put the Browns away, and Flacco and the Ravens failed to do it.


It took awhile for the Ravens to get going, but the running backs gashed the Browns in the second half. Justin Forsett finished with 21 carries for 121 yards and also had four catches for 49 yards before leaving with an ankle injury. Buck Allen, the only other healthy running back, had eight carries for 58 yards and broke off a season-long 44-yard run. Allen, though, couldn't do much after Forsett left with an injury, as the Ravens were held to a field goal despite first-and-goal at the 10 in the final minute of regulation. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk had three catches for 31 yards and a score.

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The line opened some huge holes on the ground, especially in the second half, when the Ravens averaged 7.7 yards a carry on the ground. That is dominant stuff. It makes the third-and-1 incomplete bomb to Kamar Aiken a real head-scratcher. Flacco was sacked once but didn't take many hits. The line didn't get called for any penalties, either. Eugene Monroe was solid in his return after missing three games with a concussion.


Nick Boyle made three catches for 27 yards and was solid as a blocker. He did a nice job in pass protection when asked to stay home and help. If Crockett Gillmore remains sidelined, the Ravens need more from second-round pick Maxx Williams. He had one catch for 0 yards.


The Ravens patchwork receiver group got off to a strong start, with Kamar Aiken hauling in an early 48-yard catch and practice-squad callup Jeremy Ross making catches on two straight plays to set up the Ravens first touchdown. Aiken had 78 yards receiving in the first half, but then did not touch the ball again. How unproductive were the Ravens receivers after halftime? They totaled exactly one catch after halftime -- for 0 yards. That was Marlon Brown's total production for the day. The Ravens took one deep shot to Chris Givens but he didn't come up with the contested catch, and rookie Darren Waller left with a concussion. Overall, the lack of Steve Smith was glaring, which came as a surprise to no one.