Ravens top Browns with Tucker's last-second field goal


The Baltimore Ravens needed all 60 minutes to knock off the Browns in Sunday's 23-21 win over Cleveland. Our takeaways:

1. Joe Flacco came into the game with an outrageous 11-1 mark against Cleveland, but this isn't the Browns team he's used to frying with ease. Mike Pettine's defense kept the quarterback at bay while holding the Ravens to just 4-of-12 on third downs. Baltimore, though, turned the table on the Browns -- who beat the Saints with a game-winning field goal last week -- with a two-minute drive capped by Justin Tucker's 32-yard boot as time expired.

2. Flacco leaned on his tight ends early, but that strategy took a blow when Dennis Pitta left in the second quarter after re-injuring the hip he fractured last season. Pitta was taken to a nearby hospital after crumbling awkwardly to the ground on a pass from his quarterback. It's a devastating loss for Gary Kubiak's offense.

3. The Ravens didn't miss Bernard Pierce -- or Ray Rice for that matter -- on Sunday. After pounding Pittsburgh for 157 yards last week, they piled up another 160 against Cleveland, sustaining drives with a combination of Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro. Across the way, the Browns continued to lean on rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell, as Cleveland's ground game got a pair of touchdowns from their first-year runners.

4. An illegal formation by West nullified a well-designed bit of trickery from the Browns. After Johnny Manziel entered the game for a handoff, the rookie passer appeared to leave the field. Instead, Manziel hung at the fringes of the sideline, taking off to haul in a 39-yard pass from Brian Hoyer. The penalty, though, wiped it out.

5. Hoyer's ball placement is vastly improved from his ugly preseason. Starting 16 of 17 on the day at 11.6 yards per throw, the Browns quarterback -- who finished 19 of 25 for 290 yards -- was far from the liability many sold him as.

6. Hoyer leaned heavily on Jordan Cameron during his two full starts last season, but the Pro Bowl tight end isn't seeing as many looks this season. Andrew Hawkins -- with 87 yards off a team-leading 11 targets -- has emerged as Hoyer's go-to man over three weeks.

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