Deshaun Watson fired a touchdown pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones in the third quarter, and it was the only major of the game, as the Cleveland Browns defeated the Baltimore Ravens 13-3 on Saturday.
Watson thus signed a first home victory in his new uniform, in his third start since serving the 11-game suspension imposed on him.
In a very defensive duel, Watson completed 18 of 28 passes for 161 yards. He had three quarterback sacks for losses of 21 yards.
“I’m happy to get my first win in my first home game,” Watson said. And to win a game against a tough section rival. Last week, we wanted this victory, but it didn’t happen. »
Nick Chubb provided 99 rushing yards for the Browns (6-8), while Kareem Hunt and Watson added 24 and 22 rushing yards, respectively.
On defense, star linebacker Myles Garrett added 1.5 sacks to his record. He has 13.5 for the entire 2022 schedule, which places him third in the NFL, behind Nick Bosa (15.5) and Matthew Judon (14.5).
“He’s coming back up, which we knew he would do,” Garrett said of Watson.
The Ravens (9-5) were unable to translate into points on the board the fine performance of their ground attack – 198 yards, including 125 obtained by JK Dobbins.
By air, it was a lot tougher for Baltimore, with Tyler Huntley limited to 138 yards on 17 completions. Backup quarterback Lamar Jackson was the victim of an interception.
Browns rookie Cade York had two field goals – and missed two attempts – but still outplayed Ravens’ Justin Tucker, the NFL’s most accurate kicker, who missed a field goal from 48 yards and saw another attempt be blocked.
Amari Cooper was Watson’s most sought-after receiver. He made four catches for 58 yards.
Cleveland will return to action next Saturday with another game in front of their fans, this time against the New Orleans Saints.
Baltimore, which is battling for the top of the North American Division with the Cincinnati Bengals (9-4), will need a quick return from star quarterback Jackson.
“We just have to have a better aerial game,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh admitted, with Huntley sitting beside him. “The passing game is not good enough right now to do the things we hope to do. So that will be the priority.
“Each sector can improve in certain things, but from an attacking point of view, it is something that we have to work on, and we will. »