This game wasn’t pretty, but the Cleveland Browns were able to prevail.
They took a 24-6 lead into halftime against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
A Ravens team that lost quarterback Lamar Jackson early in the contest.
However, Baltimore was able to comeback in the second half and nearly won the game.
Luckily for Cleveland, they hung on and took the 24-22 victory to improve to 7-6 on the season.
This was a tale of two completely different halves for the Browns, but luckily for them they were able to come away with the win.
Stud: Donovan Peoples-Jones
There has been hype surrounding wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones for quite some time.
The organization has been hopeful he’d step up ever since the departure of Odell Beckham Jr. earlier this season.
Although, Peoples-Jones hasn’t been able to make much of an impact since October.
The good news is, he turned it around against the Ravens on Sunday.
He finished with five receptions on seven targets for 90 receiving yards in the win.
The young receiver was able to make some outstanding plays during Sunday’s contest.
DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES 🤯
— Action Network NFL (@ActionNetNFL) December 12, 2021
This performance is hopefully a sign that Peoples-Jones is ready to turn a corner.
The Browns desperately need someone to help pick up the slack in the receiving game.
Hopefully, he can carry this momentum into the final four games of the season.
Dud: Baker Mayfield
It wasn’t an awful game from quarterback Baker Mayfield, but he still doesn’t deserve much praise.
He completed 22-of-32 passing attempts for 190 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in the win.
This marks the fourth time this season that Mayfield has failed to surpass 200 passing yards in a single game.
To be fair, he was serviceable and did make some solid throws in the first half.
@bakermayfield to @AustinHooper18 🔥 🔥 #Browns pic.twitter.com/f77Orv7zmo
— Kevin Murphy (@murphy_76_) December 13, 2021
Although, things basically fell apart for Mayfield in the second half.
The Browns’ offense couldn’t move the ball at all and scored zero points after halftime.
Yes, Mayfield is playing injured, but it’s tough to win when your quarterback cannot move the ball down the field.
Cleveland got extremely lucky that Lamar Jackson got injured and was unable to return.
This performance marks his third performance in four games with less than 200 passing yards.
Hopefully, things will get better against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 15.
Stud: Grant Delpit
The Browns received an outstanding performance from safety Grant Delpit on Sunday.
The 23-year-old has been fairly quiet most weeks, but had a breakout performance against Baltimore.
Delpit recorded a career-high and team-high 11 tackles in the win.
He was all over the field and was one of the main reasons that Cleveland won this game.
Grant Delpit pick of 2-pt attempt #Browns pic.twitter.com/GzwTYtShrV
— Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman) December 12, 2021
It’s also worth noting that Delpit was out there for 100 percent of the defensive snaps on Sunday.
That was his biggest workload of the season for someone who normally plays roughly half the snaps.
To be fair, Delpit is coming off a serious injury from 2020, so the organization doesn’t want to push him too hard.
Hopefully, Delpit has shown he can be a legitimate playmaker and earned a bigger role on defense.
It’s always nice to see young players stepping up and making plays and that is what happened during this Week 14 victory.
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