Three takeaways from Browns’ Week 5 win over Ravens
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What a difference two draft picks can make.Sashi Brown and the Cleveland Browns’ futility over the last two seasons helped set the table [url=http://www.thebrownsfootballauthentic.com/genard-avery-jersey-authentic]Youth Genard Avery Jersey[/url] , then John Dorsey hit back-to-back jacks in drafting Baker Mayfield and Denzel Ward with the Browns’ two top-four picks.“[Mayfield] makes plays. I told him, I have not been around him a ton, but there is just something about this young man,” coach Hue Jackson said after the game. “He has a feel to him. He does not blink at situations or opportunities. “Something might have went wrong the play before, and it is water off of the duck’s back to him.”Jackson lauded Ward too for his “huge” interception and equally as impactful field-goal block that kept the Browns ahead 6-3 going into halftime.“As I keep saying about our team, we will keep working, keep listening, keep growing and keep working at this thing,” Jackson added. “Let’s see where we are when it is all said and done.”It may not all come together fully this season, but the Browns are back on track, and Dorsey deserves as much credit as anyone for making what some thought to be controversial selections with those two picks. Jackson deserves some praise, too, but Dorsey’s additions are certainly making their presence felt.If not for Mayfield and Ward, the Browns could easily be winless again in 2018. Instead, they at least appear to be on the verge of contending for a division title.Here are three big takeaways from this week’s Browns win over the Baltimore Ravens.Baker Mayfield, PlaymakerThat quarterback you have been waiting for over the years, yeah, that guy has finally arrived. Despite all the drama, Mayfield made a play when the Browns needed it most. His 39-yard completion to undrafted rookie Derrick Willies changed everything for a team that needed someone to make a play in the worst way. Some crafty pocket work on that crucial third-down freed him up to make a pin-point pass that hit Willies in stride and left him a ton of open field to exploit.“He’s a fighter. That guy can make plays. He’s a playmaker. He’s has that ‘it’ factor to him. We were talking a little trash on the field,” Ravens safety Tony Jefferson said after the game. “You have to respect a guy like that, especially a rookie who’s coming into a defense like ours. “I thought he did pretty well today. We weren’t good enough.”Baltimore’s defense had been rolling following two dominant performances heading into Week 5. The Pittsburgh Steelers looked helpless and confused against them in a 27-14 home defeat last week. A clearly flustered Ben Roethlisberger said he wasn’t “on the same page with anybody right now” after the loss.And the Ravens’ defense again showed up big this week, harassing Mayfield for five sacks and more than a dozen pressures. But those efforts weren’t enough to derail Mayfield’s Browns offense from finding a way to beat them. He ended the game with 324 yards passing [url=http://www.thebrownsfootballauthentic.com/joel-bitonio-jersey-authentic]http://www.thebrownsfootballauthentic.com/joel-bitonio-jersey-authentic[/url] , the second-most by a Browns rookie in franchise history.The Takeaway That’s About TakeawaysNo last minute overtime heroics would have been possible if not for the team’s gutsy and complete defensive performance. Despite giving up 25 first downs and 410 yards of offense, Cleveland’s defense fortified their end-zone and made Baltimore settle for field goals. They helped themselves with two more turnovers, including a goal-line interception and forced fumble in Ravens territory. Ward’s block also helped, wiping away a 48-yard attempt by “Mr. Automatic” Justin Tucker. That makes it 15 takeaways this season, the most by a Browns team through five weeks since they had 17 by this point in 1989. The Browns’ defense now leads the NFL in that category, and the team’s plus-eight turnover ratio also tops the league. Their minus-28 ratio—13 takeaways and 41 giveaways—was by far the league’s worst last season. Unsurprisingly, teams that won the takeover battle have won 75 percent of their games in 2018. That’s roughly on par with the historic 78-percent baseline the league saw from 1950 to 2016.Call it what you want, but whether it was a “bent but didn’t break” or not doesn’t really matter. The Browns are making more plays defensively, and their offensive ball security has been much improved. That’s a winning trend, one they got away from last weekend in Oakland.Although Joe Flacco got rid of the ball quickly much of the game, Myles Garrett added a half of a sack, giving him five on the season and 12 total in 16 career games. That makes him No. 5 on the Browns’ all-time sack list for players in their first two seasons with the team. The former No. 1 pick still has 11 games to catch leader Reggie Camp, who finished with 18.5 sacks in from 1983 to ‘84.Special Teams Didn’t Lose Another Game ... Not For Lack of TryingThrough five games there have been exactly zero post-game discussions that haven't bemoaned the Browns’ league-worst special teams play. It’s hard to figure out how to feel about this group after Week 5. On one hand, Greg Joseph’s kick went in and the Browns won. Ward blocked a field goal, too, which was a pleasant new development. And there didn’t appear to be any coverage lapses in the punt and kick games that swung field position drastically against them.But Darren Fells had to block two outside defenders himself on the game-winning kick, and he allowed Jefferson an inside crease to have an opportunity to get his hand on the ball. The result was great, albeit ugly, but it could have ended in pitchforks and flames outside Berea demanding for Amos Jones’ head.We’re not going to go on another Jones deep dive, or focus too much on the obvious concerns of the Browns’ kicker position. We know both need addressed, and Jackson is taking it slowly while trying to remedy things as best he can. Joseph is a young kicker, so he’s going to struggle [url=http://www.thebrownsfootballauthentic.com/joe-schobert-jersey-authentic]http://www.thebrownsfootballauthentic.com/joe-schobert-jersey-authentic[/url] , just like Zane Gonzalez did. While he missed an extra point and a high-pressure 55-yarder that would have won the game, his last one did go in, and it got the Browns a win.Give him the game ball, boost his confidence, and hope he learns how to handle those situations for the next time his number gets called. There’s a better-than-good chance that’s going to happen after the team saw three overtimes in its first five games, and all five of them being decided by four points or less.Everyone is thrilled, the Browns finally got a little love from the football gods, but the same issue continues to plague them. The problem isn’t going away, and neither are the nail-biting finishes, so there’s this uneasy feeling this won’t be the last we talk about their special teams’ play determining outcomes. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned under center on Friday after missing the previous two practices with a bruised right elbow.He is officially listed on the injury report as questionable to play, but Roethlisberger's teammates expect him to be on the field for the Steelers' home opener Sunday against Kansas City."It's always good to have Big Ben out there," center Maurkice Pouncey said. "He's fought through so many things throughout the years. He's a tough guy."Roethlisberger did not speak to reporters following Friday's practice, but is expected to play in his 202nd game, second most in franchise history. The 15-year veteran has missed just six games because of injury since the start of the 2013 season. He played a full 16-game schedule just once in his first nine NFL seasons.Roethlisberger was a full participant on Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday because of his right elbow injury, sustained on the Steelers' next-to-last offensive play of overtime last Sunday in Cleveland when Genard Avery sacked him and forced a fumble."We're never really worried about him," Pouncey said. "He takes some big hits in the games. If he wants to sit out a couple days, it's totally fine."On Wednesday, Roethlisberger declined to say whether he had an MRI exam on the elbow. Second-year quarterback Josh Dobbs, who beat out veteran Landry Jones to serve as Roethlisberger's primary backup, took first-team snaps on Wednesday and Thursday."Ben is a guy who's professional enough to be ready if called upon," left guard Ramon Foster said. "If he's playing, our job is to protect him overtime."Roethlisberger threw for 335 yards and a touchdown during an ugly [url=http://www.thebrownsfootballauthentic.com/myles-garrett-jersey-authentic]Youth Myles Garrett Jersey[/url] , season-opening 21-21 tie at Cleveland. But he was also responsible for five of the offense's six turnovers, including three interceptions and two fumbles, as Pittsburgh blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead.Roethlisberger's teammates still want the two-time Super Bowl winner under center, of course."He's the leader," right guard David DeCastro said. "I'm sure he's a guy that wouldn't need to take any reps, but it's always good having him back. It gives you confidence when he's out there."DeCastro is listed on the injury report for Sunday's game against Kansas City as doubtful after missing practice for a third straight day with a broken hand. The two-time All-Pro left for several snaps after he injured his hand in the fourth quarter against Cleveland, but returned and finished the game."Dave's really tough," Pouncey said. "We didn't think he would come back in the game, but for him to come back shows how much he cares and how dedicated he is. He doesn't say a lot, but he goes out there and plays hard."DeCastro said he could still play and wear a brace to protect his hand, but swelling had to subside. He said Friday the swelling has gone down, but he's not rushing things. B.J. Finney would make his eighth start and third against the Chiefs if DeCastro can't play."It's one of those things where you take it day to day," DeCastro said. "You try to be smart about it and try not to rush back, but at the same time, if I can play but not do any damage, I'll play. We'll cross that bridge. They didn't give me a timeline, so I'll try my best to get back as healthy as possible."NOTES: CB Joe Haden (hamstring) is also listed as doubtful after missing three practices. CB Artie Burns, the starter opposite Haden, practiced Wednesday and Thursday, but was limited Friday with a toe injury and is questionable for Sunday's game. DE Tyson Alualu (shoulder) is doubtful, while TE Vance McDonald (foot) and DE Cam Heyward (knee) are both questionable after practicing in full on Thursday and Friday.
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