The Ravens offense, yet again, hardly had a pulse.
Then, as if it had been struck by lightning, it suddenly came alive.
The Ravens have been saying for weeks that they were a few small tweaks away from breaking out on offense.
It didn't hurt that they were facing the NFL's second-worst defense, but the Ravens may have finally found their offense in the second half of Thursday Night Football, which may be just as important as the 28-7 final score.
A lopsided win is appreciated too. For the first time since 2014, the Ravens won a game by double digits. They are now 5-4 on the year and could be in sole possession of first place in the AFC North by next week.
Trailing 7-6 at halftime, the Ravens scored a touchdown on their opening drive of the second half and didn't stop there. Going back to a field-goal drive just before halftime, they scored 25 straight points.
The Ravens offense posted 396 total yards. Quarterback Joe Flacco was 30-of-41 for 296 yards. He threw three touchdowns for the first time this season. He was picked off twice when throwing into the end zone.
Baltimore's No. 2-ranked defense was its dominant self once again, holding Cleveland to just 144 total yards and notching three turnovers.
The Browns replaced third-string quarterback Cody Kessler after the first drive of the second half, then the Ravens intercepted his replacement, Josh McCown, twice (cornerback Jerraud Powers and safety Eric Weddle). Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs got in on the action with a sack/strip in the fourth quarter.
- The Ravens moved the ball on each of their first three offensive drives, but each stalled without points. Baltimore's third drive ended when Flacco overthrew wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. and was intercepted by rookie Briean Boddy-Calhoun. The next drive reached the Cleveland 7-yard line, but flamed out and the Ravens settled for a 25-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead.
- The Browns took a 7-3 lead in the second quarter when Kessler hit rookie third-string tight end Seth DeValve on a 25-yard touchdown. DeValve got behind safety Eric Weddle in a rare mistake by the Pro Bowl safety.
- After notching a field goal at the end of the first half, the Ravens offense broke an 18-drive streak without a touchdown when Flacco connected with tight end Darren Waller on a 4-yard pass on their first drive of the second half, giving the Ravens a 13-7 lead.
- Baltimore's offense kept the momentum going. They drove again into the red zone, though Flacco threw a second interception, then drove back inside the 20 again on the next drive. This time, Flacco hit Steve Smith Sr. for a 12-yard touchdown and converted the two-point conversion to take a 21-7 lead.
- After Weddle intercepted McCown in the end zone, the Ravens put together their most impressive offensive drive of the game with a 12-play, 90-yard score. Wide receiver Breshad Perriman caught his first career touchdown with an impressive adjustment to haul in a 27-yard pass to put the Ravens ahead, 28-7, in the fourth quarter.
Standout Performer Of The Game
QB Joe Flacco
Flacco has had some tough games this season, and didn't get off to a good start Thursday night. He threw a couple of bad interceptions. But a near 75 percent completion rate with three touchdowns and a 97.2 quarterback rating is impressive. As the engine to the offense, he turned things around.
On The Horizon
The Ravens will head to Texas for a tough challenge against the first-place Dallas Cowboys (7-1), who are rolling behind rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott.
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