Read reports from Saturday’s NFL games.
Browns win 13-3 over Ravens
Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown pass on his home debut for Cleveland, leading the Browns to an inconclusive 13-3 victory on Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens.
Watson wasn’t spectacular, but he did enough in his third game since being reinstated following an NFL suspension to help the Browns (6-8) hold on to their lean hopes of qualifying for the playoffs.
“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. »
Watson, who was suspended for 11 games due to sexual misconduct allegations, made a three-yard pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones in the third quarter to give the Browns a 13-3 lead. It’s the biggest deficit the Ravens (9-5) have had this season.
Watson completed 18 of 28 passes for 161 yards, and added 22 yards with rushing play.
“He’s coming back up the hill, which we knew he would do,” said Browns star Myles Garrett, who made a sack and a half. “He is an excellent football player”.
Browns rookie Cade York made two field goals — and missed two attempts — but still outplayed the Ravens’ Justin Tucker, the NFL’s most accurate kicker, who missed a field goal from 48 yards and saw another attempt be blocked.
The Ravens, leaders of the North Division of the American Conference, will need a quick return of their star quarterback Lamar Jackson, injured, to return to the top.
Jackson missed a second straight game with a knee injury, and the Ravens aren’t the same without his dynamic point guard abilities.
Tyler Huntley, who was only released from concussion protocol a few days ago, replaced Jackson but failed to advance the Ravens offense. He found takers on 17 of his 30 throw-ins, for gains of 138 yards.
JK Dobbins rushed for 125 yards and the Ravens had 198 yards on the ground.
“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. »