The Ravens have started the season 3-1.
Cleveland did not have its starting quarterback on Sunday and Baltimore took advantage of the situation, holding the divisional opponent to just three points in a 28-3 victory.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson accounted for four touchdowns — two rushing, two passing — as the Ravens largely controlled the game throughout the afternoon. Jackson opened the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown after an interception, giving the Ravens a 7-0 lead. And while the Browns came back to score a field goal, the Ravens scored 21 unanswered points.
Jackson ran in a 2-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter. Then just before halftime he hit tight end Mark Andrews with a 7-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone to make the score 21-3.
It stayed that way until late in the fourth quarter, when Jackson threw an 18-yard touchdown to Andrews.
Jackson finished 15-of-19 for 187 yards with two touchdowns. He rushed for 27 yards on nine carries with two TDs. Andrews caught all five of his targets for 80 yards with two touchdowns.
Making his first start in place of the injured Deshaun Watson — who missed the game with a shoulder issue — Dorian Thompson-Robinson looked overmatched. He finished the game 19-of-36 for 121 yards with three interceptions. He also had 24 yards rushing on four carries.
Cleveland averaged just 2.6 yards per play and finished with only 166 total yards.
The victory was head coach John Harbaugh’s 150th win with the Ravens.
Next week, the Ravens will be on the road to play the Steelers.
The Browns have a bye and will have a chance to get healthy before hosting the 49ers in Week 6.
The Ravens have been running all over the vaunted Browns defense and have a 21-3 lead at halftime.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson has rushed for two touchdowns and just before halftime connected with tight end Mark Andrews for a 7-yard TD for his third score or the first half.
Jackson ended the first two quarters 10-of-12 passing for 146 yards with a touchdown. Jackson also has 22 yards on seven carries. Gus Edwards has 40 yards on eight carries and Justice Hill has 33 yards rushing.
Three of Baltimore’s four drives ended in three-and-out. But the one that didn’t was a Jackson 10-yard touchdown run after the Ravens picked up an interception.
Rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson started at quarterback for Cleveland with Deshaun Watson sidelined by a shoulder injury. Thompson-Robinson’s first half didn’t go well, as the QB completed 10-of-17 passes for 60 yards with an interception.
Cleveland had just four first downs in the first half and picked up 2-of-8 third downs. The Browns are averaging just 2.3 yards per play.
The Browns will receive the second-half kickoff.
The Browns don’t have quarterback Deshaun Watson on Sunday due to a shoulder injury, so former UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson is making his first start.
It has not gotten off to a strong beginning.
Midway through the first quarter, Thompson-Robinson threw a pass late and behind that was tipped and intercepted by defensive back Brandon Stephens. He returned the pick to Cleveland’s 10-yard line.
Lamar Jackson took no time to turn the takeaway into points, using a designed QB run on the left side to go into the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown, giving Baltimore a 7-0 lead.
To that point, Baltimore had not gotten a first down.
Already dealing with several injuries, the Ravens have another in their secondary. Daryl Worley has a shoulder injury and is questionable to return.
Every week we bring you all the inactives from the 1 p.m. ET games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information.
The Browns will not have quarterback Deshaun Watson on Sunday, but they will have tight end David Njoku.
Njoku was added to the injury report on Saturday after suffering burns to his hands and face in a fire pit accident and head coach Kevin Stefanski said that the team had to see if he could put a helmet on before deciding on his status. Njoku passed that test and got the green light to play against the Ravens.
Watson is out with the shoulder injury that limited him to just a few throws in practice this week. Rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson will make his first NFL start.
On the Ravens side, running back Justice Hill, center Tyler Linderbaum, and safety Kyle Hamilton are all active after being listed as questionable. Safety Marcus Williams was also in that group, but he is inactive.
Ravens at Browns
Ravens: WR Odell Beckham Jr., WR Rashod Bateman, T Ronnie Stanley, CB Marlon Humphrey, EDGE Odafe Oweh, S Marcus Williams, QB Josh Johnson
Browns: QB Deshaun Watson, TE Zaire Mitchell-Paden, CB Kahlef Hailassie, C Luke Wypler, DE Isaiah McGuire, DT Siaki Ika
Dolphins at Bills
Dolphins: QB Skylar Thompson, EDGE Jaelan Phillips, S DeShon Elliott, CB Eli Apple, C Connor Williams, TE Tyler Kroft
Bills: S Jordan Poyer, CB Kaiir Elam, T Germain Ifedi, OL Alec Anderson, DT Poona Ford
Broncos at Bears
Broncos: LB Frank Clark, C Alex Forsyth, LB Josey Jewell, OLB Ronnie Perkins, DT Mike Purcell, S Justin Simmons, S JL Skinner.
Bears: DB Eddie Jackson, DB Jaylon Johnson, QB Nathan Peterman, WR Chase Claypool, RB D’onta Foreman
Steelers at Texans
Steelers: QB Mason Rudolph, P Pressley Harvin, OL James Daniels, WR Gunner Olszewski, NT Breiden Fehoko
Texans: CB Tavierre Thomas, LB Denzel Perryman, QB Case Keenum, RB Dare Ogunbowale, OL Michael Deiter, T Josh Jones, T Laremy Tunsil
Vikings at Panthers
Vikings: S Lewis Cine, TE Nick Muse, C Garrett Bradbury, DL Khyiris Tonga, QB Jaren Hall
Panthers: RB Raheem Blackshear, WR Jonathan Mingo, S Xavier Woods, CB Sam Webb, LB Deion Jones, T David Sharpe
Rams at Colts
Rams: RB Zach Evans, OL Zach Thomas, OL Alaric Jackson, DL Earnest Brown
Colts: QB Sam Ehlinger, CB Darrell Baker Jr., DE Isaiah Land, LB Cameron McGrone, C Ryan Kelly, T Bernhard Raimann, TE Will Mallory
Buccaneers at Saints
Buccaneers: LB SirVocea Dennis, CB Jamel Dean, CB Derrek Pitts Jr., LB Markees Watts, OL Brandon Walton, TE Payne Durham, DL Calijah Kancey
Saints: QB Jake Luton, WR A.T. Perry, CB Paulson Adebo, DB Jordan Howden, OL Cesar Ruiz, TE Foster Moreau, DE Kyle Phillips
Commanders at Eagles
Commanders: RB Chris Rodriguez Jr., DE K.J. Henry, T Trent Scott, G Chris Paul, TE Curtis Hodges, WR Mitchell Tinsley
Eagles: WR Quez Watkins, QB Tanner McKee, S Sydney Brown, RB Rashaad Penny, S Justin Evans, OL Tyler Steen, DT Moro Ojomo
Bengals at Titans
Bengals: CB DJ Ivey, LB Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB Devin Harper, OL Trey Hill, OL Jackson Carman, TE Irv Smith
Titans: WR Treylon Burks, OL Peter Skoronski, LB Luke Gifford, DB Elijah Molden, OL Jaelyn Duncan, QB Will Levis
Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will miss today’s game with a right shoulder injury.
Watson took part in pregame warmups, threw a few short passes, consulted with team medical staffers and coaches, and walked off the field. Shortly after, multiple reports said Watson will be inactive today.
With Watson out, rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson will get the first start of his NFL career. Thompson-Robinson, a fifth-round draft pick, impressed in the preseason, and now he’ll get a chance to show what he can do in a very big AFC North battle against the Ravens.
Watson has been a major disappointment since the Browns traded for him and gave him the most guaranteed money for any player in NFL history. In addition to his 11-game for sexually assaulting massage therapists, he has played poorly both last year and this year. And now he’s out with an injury, and the Browns will hope their offense can rally around Thompson-Robinson.
Browns tight end David Njoku unexpectedly appeared on the injury report on Saturday, after suffering burns to his face and arm in a household accident, involving a fire pit.
Via Kimberley Martin of ESPN.com, Njoku has arrived for the game wearing a mask to cover the burns on his face.
Coach Kevin Stefanski told Martin on Saturday night that they won’t know whether Njoku can play until he tries to put on a helmet.
“Until we’re able to see what the face and the forehead look like, it’s hard to say,” Stefanski told Martin. “He’s adamant he’s going to play, but again — he’s gotta be able to put a helmet on. It’s hard to predict there.”
Njoku’s status will be official within the next hour, when the Browns announce their inactive players for Sunday’s game against the Browns.
Officially, Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Ravens, with a shoulder injury. Watson has said he’ll play. But, at the end of the day, he might not be the one who makes the decision.
According to James Palmer of NFL Media, Watson’s availability will be determined at game time. The “expectation” is that he should be able to play.
A final decision will be made during pregame warmups.
Watson’s status will be the most important of the early-game inactives. Even if he’s in uniform, there’s a chance the Browns will have both Dorian Thompson-Robinson and P.J. Walker on the active roster, in the event Watson aggravates the injury.
Watson had arguably his best day as a Brown in a Week 3 win over the Titans, just six days after a rough night in Pittsburgh.
Edge rusher David Ojabo was ruled out for Sunday’s game on Friday and the Ravens won’t be getting him back for their next few games either.
The Ravens placed Ojabo on injured reserve Saturday. Ojabo is dealing with ankle and knee injuries. He has six tackles, a sack and a forced fumble this season.
Veteran linebacker Kyle Van Noy was signed off the practice squad to take his place on the 53-man roster.
The Ravens also elevated running back Melvin Gordon and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell from the practice squad on a temporary basis. It’s the second straight week that Gordon has been called up while Treadwell has not appeared in a game this season.
Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has a shoulder injury. He’s questionable for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. He has said he’ll play.
The Browns are taking precautions, just in case.
The team has elevated quarterback P.J. Walker from the practice squad. He is eligible to be on the game-day roster, but he is not eligible to serve as the emergency third quarterback.
If Watson can’t play, rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson will get the nod. Thompson-Robinson created plenty of positive buzz in the preseason, allowing the Browns to eventually trade presumed No. 2 quarterback Josh Dobbs to the Cardinals.
Walker has seven career starts, all with Carolina. He started five games for the Panthers last season, winning two of them.
Browns tight end David Njoku has suffered burns to his face and arm in a household accident.
The team disclosed that information on Saturday, in adding him to the injury report.
Njoku is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Ravens.
The team provided no other details regarding his condition or the manner in which the burns occurred.
Njoku has 10 catches for 92 yards in three 2023 regular-season games.
With Njoku now questionable, the Browns have elevated tight end Zaire Mitchell-Paden from the practice squad. The Browns host the Ravens on Sunday.