Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Ravens OLB Odafe Owe Continues Thrust For Defensive Rookie Of The Year With Game-Changing Play vs Browns

Whenever the Ravens play prime-time there must be something in the air that puts a rookie outside linebacker Odafe Owe in danger.

Throughout the season, Oweh has proven to be one of the biggest steals of the 2021 NFL Draft. During the Ravens’ messy and chaotic 16-10 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night, Owe continued to make his case for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Owe put constant pressure on quarterback Baker Mayfield as the Browns’ offensive line had no answer for Penn State’s 6-foot-5, 251-pound linebacker.

With 3:17 remaining in the second quarter, Brown’s wide receiver Jarvis Landry took a direct snap and tried to get away from the pressure, but Owe came from behind and drilled Landry, creating a fumble that was blown into the Ravens’ second. Linebacker of the year was retrieved by Patrick Queen. ,

“Once I saw they were doing weird wildcat formations, I knew I had to get on the ball,” Ove said. “So, I quickly tried to beat my man. Jarvis swung my way, but once he saw me, he yelled at the other side, and when I followed him, saw the ball and snatched it.

Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey said earlier in the season that he didn’t know much about Owe because of his calm and reserved personality. But whenever Owe steps onto the field, Humphrey sees a monster open.

“It’s been crazy to see him [click] That switch, which I think all great people do,” Humphrey said. “He rumbled forcefully today. I hope he makes some more plays, and he is able to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year. ,

The Browns were second and -10 on the Ravens’ 30-yard line with 53 seconds in the first half, when Owe hit the right tackle and charged at Mayfield, causing Brown to lose the signal-collar ball. Owe corrected a rumble to prevent Brown from scoring before halftime.

Oveh, who finished with two tackles, a sack and four quarterback pressures, forced a foul in each of the Ravens’ three prime-time home games. The clutch was forced late in the fourth quarter of a home-start victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, and during their win over the Indianapolis Colts, Owe shook off quarterback Carson Wentz, which he lost the football.

According to NextGen Stats, Ove has five turnovers under pressure, pairing him with Trey Hendrickson of the Bengals and Marcus Golden of the Cardinals for the most in the league. This is the most by a rookie in a season in the NextGen Stats era.

Sunday’s win was an impressive win for Rush as the Ravens had overall. Linebacker Tyes Bowser had four tackles, a sack, and three quarterback hits, and the Browns sealed the win by stopping David Nojoku in fourth. Queen had eight tackles as she helped the Ravens slow down the league’s best rushing attack.

“The whole group is doing a great job,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “Tuse is probably moving a little. But Odafe, Justin [Houston], they’re all doing great.”

While Owe’s performance was a testament to an impressive rookie season, the rookie is more buoyant about the Ravens’ defense’s approach.

“We’re just starting to come together,” Ove said. “The craziness is that we don’t even play the best we can. We are still missing people. We’re still cleaning up the little things, but once we figure it out, it’ll light up. I am very proud of defense. We are proud of how we played. I can’t wait for the future.”

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