Greg Roman cracked open his vault Sunday, and out popped perhaps the most creative use of Lamar Jackson yet.
The Ravens were facing a key fourth-and-1 from midfield near the start of the fourth quarter. Mark Andrews motioned under center for the snap as he's done a few times so far this season. It seemed as if Andrews might just be trying to draw the Browns offsides.
Instead, he snapped it and wheeled around for a toss run to Jackson. With key blocks from Ronnie Stanley and Devin Duvernay on the edge, Jackson split the Browns defense for an 11-yard gain.
The play set up a key 55-yard Justin Tucker field goal that ended up being the difference in the Ravens' 23-20 victory in Week 7.
"The brilliant brain creativity of our offensive coaching staff. I don't know which coach gets the credit for it, but we've been working on that for about a month," Head Coach John Harbaugh said.
"We've had that in for quite a while, so to see it executed ... I told the guys when they came off, 'We deserve that; we deserve that to succeed, because I've seen that take a lot of practice reps up.' Mark does a great job with it, and it's well blocked. It's a really great play."
"It was cool," Jackson said with a laugh. "I should have scored – for real. I wish I would have scored on that play, but it was a dope play."
The Ravens also used Andrews, who was held without a catch for the first time since his rookie season, for another trick play in the fourth quarter. Andrews took a handoff from Jackson on third-and-1 and plowed ahead for a 4-yard gain. Andrews also had a 3-yard run in Week 2 against the Dolphins, but that was on a "sneak" he took on a snap from under center.