CLEVELAND – Five things we learned watching the Ravens’ improbable 33-27 victory over the Browns:
1. Ravens defensive end Brent Urban was a hero in his first NFL game.
Urban set up the game-winning play by blocking Travis Coons’ 51-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the game, with the score tied at 27. Ravens safety Will Hill scooped up the loose ball and raced 64 yards down the sideline for the game-winning touchdown. Urban had missed the entire season with a triceps injury, and he missed all of his rookie season in 2014 with a knee injury. This was Urban’s first NFL game. He won’t soon forget it.
2. Matt Schaub had good moments, but almost blew the game with two interceptions.
Interceptions cost Schaub his starting job with the Texans, and almost cost him the game tonight. He threw a pick-six in third quarter, and threw another interception late in the game that set up Coons’ potential game-winning kick.
This was a big step for Schaub (20 for 34, 232 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions) in his quest to prove he can still get the job done as an NFL starter. He made some good throws, but turnovers continued to plague him. With Joe Flacco (torn MCL, ACL) done for the season, it’s going to be an interesting ride for the Ravenns with Schaub as their starter.
3. Kaelin Clay’s 82-yard punt return TD has solidified his role with the team.
Clay was signed by the Ravens this month after Jeremy Ross was cut due to fumbling issues. The Ravens mainly wanted Clay to handle the football cleanly. But he has given them much more. After a booming 62-yard punt by the Browns’ Andy Lee in the first quarter, Clay found a hole on the return, turned on the speed, and went the distance. It gave the Ravens a 7-0 lead and a started them on a positive note.
4. The Ravens have won two straight for the first time all season.
Their next game is on the road Sunday against the struggling Dolphins. The Ravens (4-7) still believe they can avoid a losing season.
5. Buck Allen and Terrance West both looked good at running back.
Allen 52 yards and West (37 yards) were an effective one-two punch. West definitely played well enough to earn a role as Allen’s backup against the Dolphins.