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OBJ’s 40-yard TD run extends the Ravens’ lead over the Browns

OBJ’s 40-yard TD run extends the Ravens’ lead over the Browns

Jamison HensleyESPN staff writerNovember 12, 2023 at 03:11 PM ET2 min read

BALTIMORE — Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made the latest big play for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

In the third quarter, Beckham took a short slant and ran for a 40-yard touchdown to put Baltimore up 24-9. He now has 16 catches of 40 yards or more since his debut in 2014, behind only Tyreek Hill (29) and DeSean Jackson (19). It was Beckham’s longest TD catch since Week 12 of 2021, when he had 54 yards while with the Rams.

It was Beckham’s second touchdown of the season for the Ravens. He had a 6-yard touchdown catch against the Seattle Seahawks a week ago. That was his longest TD since a 54-yarder against the Packers in Week 12 of 2021. Beckham missed last season with a torn ACL.

Baltimore took control of this AFC North showdown with impressive play.

On the second play of the game, Ravens safety Kyle Hamilton deflected a Deshaun Watson pass and returned the interception 18 yards for a touchdown. It was the first touchdown of his career and second interception for Hamilton, the No. 14 overall pick of the 2022 draft.

This also ended Baltimore’s streak of 27 games without a defensive touchdown, the longest active streak in the NFL. The Ravens’ last defensive touchdown came in Week 17 of the 2021 season, when safety Chuck Clark had a pick-six against the Los Angeles Rams.

It was a familiar moment for Cleveland. This marked Watson’s second interception returned for a touchdown in two games with the Browns.

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On the Ravens’ opening drive, undrafted rookie running back Keaton Mitchell outran the Browns defense for a 39-yard touchdown. This comes one week after Mitchell scored on a 40-yard run.