The Baltimore Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns 24-10 and in the process, lost All-Pro guard Marshal Yanda for the season due to an ankle fracture.
This is a massive loss for the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive line, as Yanda is one of the best linemen in the NFL and was recently ranked as the 43rd-best player in the entire NFL on NFL.com’s top-100 list. Yanda has been to six Pro Bowls and has been named to two First Team All-Pros and three Second Team All-Pros. This
This is yet another blow to the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive line, which has seen two other season-ending injuries in Alex Lewis‘ shoulder injury and Nico Siragusa’s ACL injury. Not only that, but they lost John Urschel to retirement as well.
It also wouldn’t be shocking to see the Ravens sign someone to add some more depth to their offensive line, given the only backups they’ll have if Bergstrom is starting are Luke Bowanko and Jermaine Eluemunor.
Despite the injury to Yanda, the Baltimore Ravens defense was able to take advantage of rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer to the tune of three interceptions and one forced fumble, and also picked off quarterback Kevin Hogan, who came in when Kizer left for a short bit after suffering a migraine.
Here’s a look at all five of the Ravens’ takeaways:
Among the most interesting storylines of the Ravens’ win against the Browns was the team’s seemingly three-headed monster in the backfield. Javorius Allen emerged as the lead back, oddly enough, carrying the ball 14 times for 66 yards and catching five balls for 35 yards and a touchdown.
By comparison, Terrance West, the Ravens’ starter coming into the game, only carried the ball eight times for 22 yards, but did manage a touchdown. He also caught two balls for 23 yards.
Alex Collins, who was recently signed from the practice squad (and a player we took a closer look at yesterday), out-carried West with seven carries for 42 yards, and honestly looked like the better runner of the three, aside from his one lost fumble.
Another interesting storyline was that of tight end Ben Watson, who caught eight balls for 91 yards. Certainly Joe Flacco has shown in the past that he enjoys throwing to his tight end, as he did for many years to Dennis Pitta, and it’s entirely possible that Watson fills that role for him this year.
Overall, the game was generally what most expected – a defense-dominated game and ultimately, a solid win for the Baltimore Ravens.