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AFC North Week 4 Recap: Ravens Finally Lose; Browns Remain Winless

AFC NORTH TEAMS

The AFC North will be a little tighter after Week 4 of the 2016 regular season and the Pittsburgh Steelers can now have a share of the division lead with a win Sunday night over the Kansas City Chiefs.

While the Cincinnati Bengals moved to 2-2 on the season Thursday night with their home win over the Miami Dolphins, the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns both lost on Sunday.

The Ravens, who are now 3-1 on the season, lost at home on Sunday to the Oakland Raiders 28-27.

Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree scored his third touchdown of the game from 23 yards out with 2:12 left in the fourth quarter to put Oakland ahead for good. Crabtree caught 7 passes for 88 yards and three scores against the Ravens and Raiders quarterback Derrick Carr completed 25 of his 35 pass attempts in the game for 199 yards and four touchdowns.

The Raiders defense did a great job of pressuring Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco for most of the game. Even so, Flacco, still managed to complete 32 of his 52 pass attempts on Sunday for 298 yards and a touchdown. That touchdown went to wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. from 52 yards out with 6:27 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Ravens a 21-19 lead.

On the Raiders ensuing possession, running back DeAndre Washington fumbled and the Ravens recovered at the Oakland 17-yard line. Ravens running back Terence West scored from 3 yards out just four plays later to give Baltimore a 27-21 lead after they tacked on the two-point conversion.

The Raiders subsequent game-winning drive started with 3:31 left in the fourth quarter and Carr orchestrated a six-play drive that covered 66 yards and culminated with his fourth and final touchdown pass of the game.

As for the Browns, they remained winless on the season thanks to their 31-20 road loss to the Washington Redskins.

In the loss, Brown quarterback Cody Kessler completed 28 of 40 pass attempts for 223 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

After initially falling behind 14-0 to the Redskins, the Browns battled back to tie the game at 14 with 7:55 left in the first half and the two teams would ultimately go into halftime tied at 17. After taking a 20-17 lead with 9:25 left in the third quarter, the Browns couldn’t hold it and ultimately allowed two more touchdowns to the Redskins offense in the fourth quarter. Additionally, the Browns turned the football over three times on Sunday.

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 21 of 27 passes for 183 yards with 3 touchdowns and an interception in the Washington win. Redskins running back Matt Jones also rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries against the Browns.

In Week 5 AFC North action the Ravens will host the Redskins while the Browns will host the 3-1 New England Patriots and the Bengals will play on the road against the Dallas Cowboys. The Steelers will host the New York Jets, who lost at home Sunday to the Seattle Seahawks.

 

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