GAME RECAP: Browns 24, Ravens 18

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This game was a microcosm of the Ravens’ season. They fell behind early. Their running game was futile. They made a huge mistake on special teams. And they lost another close game. At 3-5, the Ravens are sinking fast, having lost three straight, and four of their last five.

The win ended Cleveland’s losing streak against the Ravens, which was 11 games, dating back to 2007. So much for quarterback Joe Flacco and coach John Harbaugh never losing to the Browns.

An 80-yard drive by the Browns (4-5) gave them an early 7-0 lead, and they eventually built a 14-3 game, as quarterback Jason Campbell enjoyed an excellent game. The Browns should have led by more than 14-10 at halftime, but a mistake in the Browns’ secondary left Torrey Smith wide open for a 46-yard pass from Joe Flacco , followed by a 19-yard touchdown pass from Flacco to Marlon Brown.

However, a fumbled punt return by Tandon Doss in the third quarter gave the Browns a first-and-10 and the Ravens’. Two plays later, Campbell hit wide open backup tight end Gary Barnbridge for a four-yard TD pass that gave the Browns 21-10 lead.

The Ravens answered with a seven-yard TD pass from Flacco to Brown, followed by Flacco to Brown for a two-point conversion. That made the score 21-18 Browns, but the Ravens could not get over the hump, as the Browns iced the game by burning the clock with a long final drive that led to a Billy Cundiff field goal with 14 seconds to play.

Turning point: At 3-5, the Ravens are sinking fast, having lost three straight, and four of their last five. Doss’ muffed punt return.

At that point, the Ravens had momentum, trailing just 14-10, and forcing the Browns to punt with about six minutes left in the third quarter. But Doss, who has an unusual way of catching punts with his hands, let the ball slip through his hands. Eric Martin recovered for the Browns at the Ravens’ 11-yard line, setting up the touchdown that put the Browns ahead. 21-10. The Ravens’ offense just isn’t good enough to overcome momentum swings like that.

 

Ravens players of game

Offense: Marlon Brown, WR

Brown (five catches, 54 yards) had both Ravens’ touchdowns, and he already has five touchdowns this season. His knack for getting open in the red zone has been a pleasant surprise for an undrafted free agent. Expect Flacco to keep looking for Brown in crucial situations.

Defense: Daryl Smith, LB

Even though he was called for an unnecessary roughness penalty, Smith played another solid game, had a sack on a blitz, and continued to be a leader on a defensive unit that has to play well for the Ravens to have any chance.

 

Injuries

Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith left the game in the second half with an undisclosed injury. If he misses time, it will hurt the Ravens’ secondary. He has been their most consistent corner this season.

3 Raves on “GAME RECAP: Browns 24, Ravens 18

  1. charlie on said:

    the offense has an unemotional leader (flaco) with sophomoric play selection/design-the talent is there. the ravens offense is…………again, under coached.

  2. Charles Derickson on said:

    One thing you didn’t do was put any of the new players in You’ve got to break it up some how you have 3 or 4 RB and keep the same one’s in change scrimage and fool them Come on John

  3. fluffhead9315 on said:

    at what point are we going to stop this stupid zone blocking scheme. Our backs and our line is not built for this. It is getting absolutely absurd, that this continues week after week. Our inability to run, based mostly off what i believe is scheme is killing us. You cant expect us to covert a reasonable amount of the third downs we have. We are consistently facing 2nd and 3rd and long. It is ridiculous I hate to see anyone fired but Juan must go. We have run the football well our whole lives, with at times much lest of a crew than this. I think going back to our old running will really help our offense as a whole. And yes i know there are also other problems with this team, but this is the most infuriating to me!!!!

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