Takeaways and highlights from first half as Ravens hold a 17-9 lead over Browns

The Browns out-gained Ravens, 174-168 in first half. They also had 41 offensive plays to the Ravens 25 and 98 rushing yards to Baltimore’s 62, yet still trailed 17-9 at halftime.

Kyle Hamilton Strkes First

The dynamic safety played close to the line with Geno Stone and Marcus Williams on the backend, and he struck early, deflecting a Deshaun Watson pass and returning it 18 yards for a touchdown.

Hamilton finished the first half with 3 tackles and one pass defended along with the pick six off Deshaun Watson.

Keaton Mitchell is a difference maker

Mitchell has 177 yards and two touchdowns in his last 10 carries after taking his first touch against Cleveland 35 yards for a touchdown.

The undrafted rookie from ECU could put the Baltimore offense on another planet going down the stretch.

Mitchell finished the first half with two rushes for 32 yards and a touchdown. He also produced in the passing game, logging 1 catch for 32 yards.

Kyle Van Noy cost baltimore points

Dustin Hopkins put the Browns on the board with a 36-yard field goal, and they stopped the bleeding, trailing 14-3 at the 7:27 mark of the fist quarter.

Todd Monken mixing things up

Monken ran a creative screen and utilized Keaton Mitchell as a pass catcher on the outside.

Mitchell had two early touches for 70+ yards.

Jadeveon Clowney gets some early revenge

Clowney is up to 4.5 sacks on the season, and is among the league leaders in QB pressures.

In the first half, Clowney has 5 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, and 1 QB hit.

Lamar Jackson

Jackson was efficient and mistake free and until a late second quarter interception while targeting Rashod Bateman. In the first half, Jackson was 8-13 passing (8.5 AVG), for 111 yards and 1 interception.

Jackson was quiet as a rusher, carring the ball twice fro 12 yards.

Deshaun Watson

Watson was 6-of-20 for 79 yds, 1 INT; 6 rushes for 18 yards before exiting the game with an injury.

Browns not converting red zone trips

Cleveland has outgained Baltimore on the road and they’d be winning if they were able to convert into touchdowns.

Ravens three headed monster

It appears that halfway through the first half, Justice Hill has taken a step back in the pecking order at running back.

Gus Edwards led all Ravens ball carriers with 6 rushes.

Ravens getting gashed on the ground

Jerome Ford led all ball carries with 11 rushes for 75 yards (6.8 AVG).

Ravens pass catchers

The normally dominant Mark Andrews has 1 catch for 8 yards, while Zay Flowers has 3 catches for 44 yards on 4 targets.

Odell Beckham and Neslon Agholor have been held without catches.

Ravens defense

Baltimore has allowed 10 first downs, the Browns are 3-9 on third downs and have run 41 plays, 15 more than the Ravens.

Story originally appeared on Ravens Wire