Strong safety Eric Weddle and cornerback Jerraud Powers took advantage of a chance to make amends.
On Sunday, both defensive players were unable to come up with interceptions in the Ravens' 21-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. On Thursday night, Weddle and Powers redeemed themselves with interceptions in a 28-7 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
Weddle picked off a deep pass by Cleveland quarterback Josh McCown that sailed over wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. Weddle, who collected his second interception of the season, pulled in the ball five yards deep in the end zone and returned it 38 yards to the 33 in the early part of the fourth quarter.
Although the ball was moved back to the 20 because an illegal block penalty on inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, Weddle was pleased that the defense was able to turn back a potential scoring drive for the Browns.
"I was on the other side of the field and got a good jump on the ball," Weddle said. "Kind of felt like he was going to go to Pryor. They hadn't taken many shots all game because we were playing everything in front of us. Got in good position and played the ball. We play the ball every day in practice, and it's showing by the opportunities we get. Dropped one last week, so you just want to make every chance count because you don't know, one, the affect it will have on the game, and two, you don't know when your next opportunity will be. So make every opportunity count and made a big play. It kept them out of the end zone and really shut them down after that."
Powers posted his first interception since Sept. 27, 2015. Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs got his hand on McCown's right wrist as the quarterback attempted to connect with tight end Gary Barnidge. The floater fell short, and Powers made sure he caught the ball and cradled it in his arms before falling to the turf at Cleveland's 40 in the third quarter.
Powers acknowledged that he made sure that he didn't botch the interception because a policy of coach John Harbaugh would have meant extra time with the JUGGS machine after practice this week.