BALTIMORE (AP) – Give John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Raven credit for self-perception.
They are having the best record at the AFC at the moment, but at this point, it’s hard to deny that they still have a lot of room to improve.
“We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to get there, aren’t we?” Harbaugh told his team in a post-game speech posted on the Ravens Twitter account. “The good news is, on the way there, we’re winning.”
The Raven Never Followed Win Sunday night 10/16 via Cleveland. That alone is remarkable after all the times they’ve had to focus this season. However, this can be called an ugly win – if there is such a thing.
The Baltimore coach made his point that clear Monday.
“One person’s trash is another’s treasure. I think it was a beautiful win last night against a very good team,” Harbaugh said. “Browns are well trained, they are tough, they are physically good, they play a lot. They are in our department. They are the arch enemy. “
Baltimore has overcome Lamar Jackson’s four tackles – the most of his career – and aside from Jackson, no one on Raven has made a big impact in the running game.
However, there was no question of the importance of the final result, giving Raven (8-3) a lead over Cincinnati (7-4) atop the AFC North and giving them a chance over Cleveland ( 6-6) and Pittsburgh (5-5-1).
Only four of the AFC’s 16 teams are under .500, and five of them are just one game behind Baltimore in terms of losses. So any slippage could be costly this season, and Sunday’s win – regardless of aesthetics – could be the biggest day of the season for Raven.
“It’s just the scores and the leaderboard, and from week to week what happens is sometimes shocking,” Harbaugh said. “It shouldn’t have happened, because we’ve seen this tournament and we know how it works, and we know how it is even.”
This game compares strength to strength – Cleveland’s attack against the Baltimore defense. Raven won that battle with ease, holding the Browns to 40 yards on 17 carries.
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The Ravens did not easily defend Jackson from Cleveland’s rushing passes like Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney. The Browns only had two sacks, but it took Jackson all the elusiveness to keep some plays alive.
The queue team had a good game for Baltimore. Patrick Queen had eight tackles despite a rib injury and Tyus Bowser with a glove.
While his playing history has come under scrutiny, the first leg has not been a big deal for Jackson in his career. He’s only had six interceptions in the 2019 season and nine in 2020. He’s gone up to 12 this season.
“It will stay on my mind, because I will still talk about it, but you have to move on – move on to the next job,” Jackson said. “When you have another chance, just go out there and try to get right there.”
The Calais Campbell team missed the match because of a concussion. TE Nick Boyle, who recently returned from serious knee problems, was not a major factor in this game.
“He’s still coming back,” Harbaugh said. “He’s still trying to get his knee stronger, and then (it’s) probably also part of the way the game goes. So hopefully, it will continue to get stronger and he will be able to shoot more and faster as we go. “
219 – It’s rare for a team to win with the combination of the many problems the Ravens faced on Sunday. In the Super Bowl era, teams were undefeated in 219 games (0-218-1) scoring less than 17 points, winning less than 325 yards, throwing at least four interceptions, and not claiming any. which pass.
Baltimore’s next two games are underway. The Ravens play in Pittsburgh next weekend, then have a rematch in Cleveland on December 12.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2021/11/29/ugly-or-not-win-over-cleveland-put-ravens-atop-afc/ Ugly or not, Cleveland win puts crows on top of AFC – CBS Baltimore