Week two is officially in the books with the Cincinnati Bengals taking down the Pittsburgh Steelers last night and forcing a tie atop the AFC North between the Bengals and Baltimore Ravens. Before we turn our focus to the Houston Texans, today we will take a look at the four plays that determined Sunday’s Ravens’ 14-6 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
There are always several key plays in a game that helped determine the outcome, but we try to narrow it down to the four most important.
4. Elvis Dumervil third down sack
Cleveland was already up 3-0, and were driving as they went into Ravens territory. On third and ten from the Baltimore 41, Elvis Dumervil was able to do what he does best, and get to the quarterback sacking Brandon Weeden for a nine yard loss that backed them up to midfield and forced a punt. This was a big play in the game because even if they simply gain six or seven yards they would have been in field goal range.
3. Failed 4th down conversion
The Browns had the ball on the #Ravens 39 yardline and were facing a fourth and four, down one point with the fourth quarter having just started, but Cleveland decided to go for it. Baltimore picked up good field position once Weeden’s pass went for just three yards and the Browns turned it over on downs. This was a bone head decision by Cleveland because if they simply punt it and pin the Ravens back in their own territory, they flip the field position game. Or they could have allowed Billy Cundiff to attempt a go ahead field goal from 56 yards, either way, there was no reason to go for it there, when you are trailing by just one.
2. Doss Punt return
Tandon Doss was re-signed last week as the Ravens needed help at both wide receiver and kick returner and Doss could help at both spots. Overall, Doss had a nice game returning punts and kicks for the Ravens in week two, but his fourth quarter punt return was key to Baltimore’s victory. Leading just 7-6, Doss was back at his own 37 yardline, but was able to return the punt 21 yards to give the Ravens great field position at the Browns 42 yardline. It was not just the fact that Doss returned it 21 yards, there was not much of a running lane and Doss essentially created one, which is huge for the Ravens return game with Jacoby Jones sidelined with a sprained MCL. This punt return set the Ravens up with a much shorter field to navigate and Baltimore proceeded to drive down the field for one of their two touchdowns.
1. Goalline stand
Our most important play of the game came in the first quarter on the Browns first offensive drive of the game. Weeden had just hooked up with TE Jordan Cameron for 53 yards on their very first play from scrimmage to set up first and goal from the Ravens seven yardline. Baltimore’s defense stepped up though and only allowed Cleveland to gain four more yards and force a short field goal, which made the score 3-0 instead of 7-0. When you see how the game played out, holding the Browns to three points there instead of seven was extremely huge for the Ravens.
These are our four plays that determined the game, what are yours? What play did we leave out that should have been mentioned? Let your voice be heard by posting a comment!
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