GAME RECAP: Browns 24, Ravens 18

Screen Shot 2013-11-03 at 9.05.40 PM

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!!!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

 
evden eve nakliyat şirketleri ofis taşımacılığı evden eve nakliye istanbul evden eve nakliyat Şehirlerarası Evden Eve Nakliyat İstanbul Nakliyat Firmaları

Hot off the street

Unanswered Questions in Defensive Backfield

The 2013 season for the Ravens has long been in the rear view for many of us Ravens fans, but especially for the players. For them, it is always better to look ahead to next season than dwell on the m...read more

Defense Deceives & Ngata Impresses

One of the big criticisms of Dean Pees has been the lack of creativity and deception from the blitzes he orchestrates. In particular, the timing of the blitzing defenders has been an issue. In the pas...read more

Few Bright Spots on Bad Day for Offense

Just one day removed from stealing the show on the first day of training camp, Joe Flacco and the entire Ravens offense struggled during day two. Quarterback hurries, forced throws and dropped ball...read more

Defensive Redemption on Day 2 of Practice

The Baltimore Ravens kicked off their second full team practice of training camp on Friday morning under sunny skies. After a rough morning yesterday during practice, the Ravens defensive side of t...read more

Ravens Sign Safety Will Hill

After their secondary depth took a hit yesterday, when cornerback Aaron Ross tore his Achilles tendon taking the conditioning test, the Ravens have added another former New York Giant free agent. P...read more

View More