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Getting Vertical Against the Baltimore Ravens: a Cleveland Browns Film Breakdown

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The Cleveland Browns wrapped up their 2018 season against the Baltimore Ravens. With the Ravens needing a win to advance to the playoffs and the Browns’ fate sealed, it would have been easy to foresee a blowout. Instead, the Browns showed a lot of fight both on the field and in their gameplan.

The Ravens ended the 2018 season with the lowest yards per game allowed by any defense in the NFL, and top 5 marks in passing yards and rushing yards allowed per game. The Ravens allowed the opposing team’s offense to score on only 29.1% of their drives, which was good for 2nd best in the NFL. And if advanced metrics are more your thing, Football Outsiders ranked the Ravens as the league’s 3rd best defense. Basically this Ravens defense was very good no matter how you looked at it.

Never afraid of a challenge, Freddie Kitchens drew up a gameplan that utilized a fair amount of the aggressive four verticals concept for QB Baker Mayfield. Here is my video breakdown of those plays: