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2020 Long Island EFL Week#1 Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens

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Long Island Electric Football League #13-Ranked Cleveland Browns (73-67) vs #29-Ranked Baltimore Ravens (29-28)

It is division rivalry week in the Long Island Electric Football's Opening Games in Week #1, with a classic match-up between two bitter rivals, the Cleveland Browns and 2019 North Division Champion Baltimore Ravens. In their six seasons in the LIEFL, the feisty Ravens have been in the LIEFL playoffs five-times, winning the North three times. They can never be underestimated with the explosive speed and power they have. The Ravens lost in the Wild Card Round last season to the Buffalo Bills 45-34, in a high-scoring match-up. Baltimore continues to improve all-around. 

The Cleveland Brown defense is difficult to break. There was a point in 2017 that Browns had the #1 defense in the LIEFL before being embarrassed by the Cinderella Buffalo Bills in the AFC Divisional Championship Game, 45-14! Buffalo went on to stun the league winning Super Bowl XIII as a Wild Card Team, in one of the best Long Island Super Bowl's on record, dominating the 2016 defending LIEFL Super Bowl XII Champion, Detroit Lions 49-35! It seems Buffalo was a team of the past as this league continues to grow through the Draft leaving no team safe!  

To get this rivalry started, after a short kick return by Ravens All-Pro speedster Derek Mason, Baltimore's emerging LIEFL star running back Jamal Lewis & Company worked the challenging defensive line of the Cleveland Browns led by defensive end Kam Wembly and tackle Ricky Bolden. This time around the offensive firepower of the Ravens in the first quarter gave them a run for their money as Baltimore's Jamal Lewis took it in 39 yards for the touchdown, 7-0 Ravens! Baltimore Linemen Jon Ogden and Willie Anderson broke the center trench open to spread out the Cleveland front line making way for Jamal Lewis' seven carries and 113 yard ground game and his first of two touchdowns in the game.

When the Browns got the ball on their opening kickoff, the great Jim Brown silenced the Baltimore crowd, returning the ball  for 100-yard touchdown run blowing around the left side of the Ravens sideline destroying the Baltimore's special teams unit, tying the game at 7-7. Brown had four 100-yard touchdowns last season.

After Derrick Mason's 48-yard return on the the Ravens first possession from scrimmage, it was Jamal Lewis again, bursting around left tackle taking it 52 yards up field for a amazing touchdown run whizzing past Cleveland outside linebacker Clay Matthews, Sr., making the score 14-7 in favor of the Ravens.
The Browns next Drive had a head-on collision between Jimmy Brown and All-Pro Specialist Derek Mason, who made a spectacular special teams play, saving another hundred yard touchdown run by Brown and stopping him at the 47-yard line of Cleveland. On the next set of downs on Jim Brown's first run, he got dragged down from behind losing almost 20 yards on the run by a swarming Raven defense led by LIEFL three-time All-Pro Linebacker Ray Lewis. This forced the Browns to pass and air it out on second down. After being stopped on third down and losing that first 20 yards in this set of downs, the All-Pro Jim Brown exploded for a power-back 38-yard run making this division rivalry one the Ravens are not going to forget as Brown took the ball to the Raven 39-yard line with 12:39 left to go in the game.
The Raven defense continued to swarm on second down as Jimmy Brown was tackled from behind for a second time by Ray Lewis at the Browns own 46 yard line for another 18-yard loss. After losing another 15 yards as victims of this Raven defense, Cleveland's Mike Pruitt got stuck behind Matthews, Sr., again and the Cleveland Browns lost another chance to this relentless, bruising Baltimore defense. On fourth down with 3:44 left to go in the game Jim Brown was stopped cold, and the Browns were forced to turn the ball over to the Ravens.
The Ravens ran the clock and the ball on their final Drive. On a quarterback sneak Lamar Jackson surprised the Browns with a 19 yard quarterback sneak for the first down to the Browns 14-yard line as the clock ran out and the Ravens with seconds left kicked the field goal, winning the game 17-7 as this division rivalry continues! 
Next week the Baltimore Ravens face the high-flying Houston Texans (0-1), who lost to Kansas City 14-10 this week, and Cleveland faces Cincinnati (0-0) in their home opener!

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