In a defensive-minded battle, the Cleveland Browns lead the division rival Baltimore Ravens 6-3 at halftime.
Neither team got all that much going offensively in the first half, with all scoring coming via field goals and both sides averaging south of 5 yards per play. Baltimore was particularly inefficient in the passing game, with Tyler Huntley completing only 9 of 15 attempts for 67 yards. The Ravens did have a chance for a touchdown early in the game, but got stoned on fourth-and-1 from the Cleveland 7-yard line. The ensuing drive led to the Browns’ first field goal, which gave them an early lead.
Meanwhile, nearly half of Cleveland’s 43 total rushing yards came on one play, an 18-yard scamper from Nick Chubb (8 carries, 31 yards). Cleveland did get into the red zone late in the first half, but a Deshaun Watson (13-for-18, 105 yards) pass intended for David Njoku (3 catches, 28 yards) in the back of the end zone fell incomplete when Njoku got his feet tangled with those of Ravens safety Chuck Clark. That sequence led to Cleveland’s second field goal of the contest, which briefly gave the Browns a 6-3 lead they took into halftime thanks to a late missed field goal (!) from Justin Tucker.
Which of these teams will come away victorious? We’ll find out soon enough. In the meantime, keep it locked to our live blog throughout the rest of the evening as we update you with stats, scores, and highlights.