Final thoughts from Browns-Ravens

Posted by Vic Carucci on September 28, 2012 – 5:17 am

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

BALTIMORE — Here are some final thoughts on the Browns’ 23-16 loss against the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium:

>>Sounds like a broken record, but here we go again: There are no moral victories … yet, the Browns played the Ravens far tougher than many people expected. One member of the NFL Network crew told me before the game he was not expecting it to be close.

>>The Browns’ defense played well for most of the game. The defensive line did well in bottling up Ray Rice, who finished with 49 rushing yards. The pass rush did a nice job of disrupting Joe Flacco, sacking him four times and often causing him to scramble. Although he wound up with 356 passing yards, Flacco seemed to have problems dealing with the coverage and frequently held the ball too long while searching for a open receiver. Defensive coordinator Dick Jauron came up with a fairly effective scheme that the Ravens never quite totally solved.

>>Brandon Weeden had an up-and-down night. At times, such as on the Browns’ lone touchdown drive late in the first half, he got into a groove and moved the offense well. Other times, such as when he threw a pass behind Travis Benjamin that Cary Williams intercepted and returned 63 yards for a touchdown, he was off the mark. Weeden also received a good deal of pressure.

>>Greg Little seemingly had a break-out moment when he caught a 43-yard pass that helped set up Trent Richardson’s touchdown run in the second quarter. Little snagged the ball out of the air with both hands, fought off a defender and hung on as he was being tackled. But he also had some drops, including one while falling backward near the goal line.

>>Phil Dawson is simply a freak. He tied an NFL record with three field goals of 50 yards or longer. And he continues to make kicks from that distance seem like routine chip shots. Dawson’s nine points allowed the Browns to actually be in a position to tie the game in the final minutes. Although he is money on any surface, he credited kicking from the artificial surface of M&T Bank Stadium as helping him with his long-distance success.

>>Be sure to tune in Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET, for Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford on ESPN 850 WKNR or catch the live stream right here on ClevelandBrowns.com.

>>Have a question for “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford”? Ask me at Twitter.com/viccarucci or by e-mail at daily@clevelandbrowns.com or by calling 855-363-2459.


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Game Recap: Ravens 23, Browns 16

Posted by Matt Florjancic on September 28, 2012 – 3:47 am

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens improved to 3-1 on the season and remained at the top of the AFC North Division with their 23-16 win over the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium Thursday night.

The loss dropped the Browns to 0-4 on the season.

Browns kicker Phil Dawson converted a 52-yard field goal attempt and drew the team to within seven points, at 23-16, of the Ravens with 4:33 left in the fourth quarter.

Dawson converted all three of his field goal attempts tonight against the Ravens, all of which have come from at least 50 yards.

Dawson connected on a 50-yard field goal attempt and cut into Baltimore’s lead at 23-13 at the 12:11 mark of the fourth quarter.

Earlier in the game, Dawson converted a 51-yard field goal attempt. He is three-for-three on kicks of 50-plus yards and five-of-five on those attempts over 40 through the first four weeks of the 2012 season.

With a defensive score late in the third quarter, the Baltimore Ravens built a 23-10 lead over the Cleveland Browns after 45 minutes of play in Thursday’s game from M&T Bank Stadium.

Ravens veteran cornerback Cary Williams intercepted a Brandon Weeden pass and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown. With the defensive score, the Ravens increased their lead over the Browns to 23-10 with 15 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Browns faced a third-and-five from Baltimore’s 43-yard line when Weeden threw an out-route intended for rookie wide receiver Travis Benjamin. As Benjamin neared the sideline, Williams jumped the route and returned the turnover for the score.

Dawson’s 51-yard field goal drew the team to within six points, 16-10, of the Ravens. Dawson’s kick — his second from 50 or more yards this season — capped off an eight-play, 53-yard drive that took 3:01 off the third-quarter clock.

Weeden completed three passes for 63 yards on the scoring drive. After a 15-yard pass to rookie running back Trent Richardson, Weeden connected with tight end Benjamin Watson for a gain of 13. The Browns received an extra 15 yards on the Watson catch when he was hit in the helmet by Baltimore safety Benard Pollard.

Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco ran for a one-yard touchdown and extended the Ravens’ lead to 16-7 over the Browns with 9:53 remaining in the third quarter.

Although he got the score with his feet, Flacco engineered the 13-play, 89-yard drive with his arm. He completed five of seven passes for 68 yards and three of those throws went to veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

Boldin turned those three receptions into 60 yards.

With a first-quarter touchdown and second-quarter field goal, the Ravens built a 9-7 halftime lead over the Browns.

Down by two scores, late in the first half, the Browns went to Richardson, who scored a one-yard rushing touchdown and capped off an 11-play, 94-yard drive that took 4:52 off the second quarter clock and drew the team to within two points of the Ravens.

With the score, Richardson became the first Browns running back with a rushing touchdown in three straight games since Peyton Hillis during the 2010 season. He is the first Cleveland rookie since Eric Metcalf (1989) to accomplish the feat.

Ravens rookie kicker Justin Tucker kicked a 45-yard field goal and extended his team’s advantage to 9-0 over the Browns with 10:03 remaining in the first half. Flacco engineered a 32-yard drive, but could not convert two long passes and the team was forced to attempt the long field goal.

Earlier in the half, Flacco delivered an 18-yard pass to second-year wide receiver Torrey Smith over the Browns’ defense and built a 6-0 lead with 12:57 left in the first quarter.

Flacco’s pass capped off a six-play, 85-yard drive. He went four-for-four on the drive for 87 yards with the touchdown.

The Ravens could not convert the extra point as the snap slipped through the hands of holder Sam Koch.

The Browns and Ravens played a scoreless first quarter, as the teams traded five punts, turnovers and field position throughout the first 15 minutes of play.

Just five plays after the Browns lost possession of the football on a fumbled punt return by Joshua Cribbs, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw an interception to linebacker Craig Robertson in the end zone with 3:21 left in the first quarter. It was Flacco’s first interception in the red zone since Dec. 7, 2009 at the Green Bay Packers. He had not thrown a red zone interception in 125 consecutive pass attempts.

Flacco took the snap on second-and-three from Cleveland’s 10-yard line and threw toward Boldin. However, Robertson dropped back into coverage and registered his second interception of the season.

The interception of Flacco tied Robertson with middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson for the team lead.

Earlier in the first half, Cribbs fielded a 54-yard punt from Baltimore’s Sam Koch and returned it 14 yards. However, Cribbs lost the ball on the play and Ravens inside linebacker Jameel McClain recovered the fumble at Cleveland’s 40-yard line with 5:07 remaining in the first quarter.

Cribbs was hit in the side of the helmet by the shoulder of Ravens inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and fell to the ground. After the fumble, Cribbs’ helmet was dislodged and the two-time Pro Bowler hit his head on the turf.

Cribbs walked off the field with assistance from Cleveland’s medical staff.

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Dawson good from 52

Posted by Matt Florjancic on September 28, 2012 – 3:24 am

BALTIMORE — Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson converted a 52-yard field goal attempt and drew the team to within seven points, at 23-16, of the Baltimore Ravens at the 4:33 mark of the fourth quarter from M&T Bank Stadium.

Dawson converted all three of his field goal attempts tonight against the Ravens, all of which have come from at least 50 yards.


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Dawson makes 50-yarder

Posted by Matt Florjancic on September 28, 2012 – 3:01 am

BALTIMORE — Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson connected on a 50-yard field goal attempt and cut into Baltimore’s lead at 23-13 with 12:11 left to play in regulation from M&T Bank Stadium.

Earlier in the game, Dawson converted a 51-yard field goal attempt. He is three-for-three on kicks of 50-plus yards and five-of-five on those attempts over 40 through the first four weeks of the 2012 season.


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Browns trail after three quarters

Posted by Matt Florjancic on September 28, 2012 – 2:55 am

BALTIMORE — With a defensive score late in the third quarter, the Baltimore Ravens built a 23-10 lead over the Cleveland Browns after 45 minutes of play in Thursday’s game from M&T Bank Stadium.

Ravens veteran cornerback Cary Williams intercepted a Brandon Weeden pass and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown. With the defensive score, the Ravens increased their lead over the Browns to 23-10 with 15 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Browns faced a third-and-five from Baltimore’s 43-yard line when Weeden threw an out-route intended for rookie wide receiver Travis Benjamin. As Benjamin neared the sideline, Williams jumped the route and returned the turnover for the score.

Browns kicker Phil Dawson made a 51-yard field goal and drew the team to within six points, 16-10, of the Ravens. Dawson’s kick — his second from 50 or more yards this season — capped off an eight-play, 53-yard drive that took 3:01 off the third-quarter clock.

Quarterback Brandon Weeden completed three passes for 63 yards on the scoring drive. After a 15-yard pass to rookie running back Trent Richardson, Weeden connected with tight end Benjamin Watson for a gain of 13. The Browns received an extra 15 yards on the Watson catch when he was hit in the helmet by Baltimore safety Benard Pollard.

Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco ran for a one-yard touchdown and extended the Ravens’ lead to 16-7 over the Browns with 9:53 remaining in the third quarter.

Although he got the score with his feet, Flacco engineered the 13-play, 89-yard drive with his arm. He completed five of seven passes for 68 yards and three of those throws went to veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

Boldin turned those three receptions into 60 yards.

With a first-quarter touchdown and second-quarter field goal, the Ravens built a 9-7 halftime lead over the Browns.

Down by two scores, late in the first half, the Browns went to Richardson, who scored a one-yard rushing touchdown and capped off an 11-play, 94-yard drive that took 4:52 off the second quarter clock and drew the team to within two points of the Ravens.

With the score, Richardson became the first Browns running back with a rushing touchdown in three straight games since Peyton Hillis during the 2010 season. He is the first Cleveland rookie since Eric Metcalf (1989) to accomplish the feat.

Ravens rookie kicker Justin Tucker kicked a 45-yard field goal and extended his team’s advantage to 9-0 over the Browns with 10:03 remaining in the first half. Flacco engineered a 32-yard drive, but could not convert two long passes and the team was forced to attempt the long field goal.

Earlier in the half, Flacco delivered an 18-yard pass to second-year wide receiver Torrey Smith over the Browns’ defense and built a 6-0 lead with 12:57 left in the first quarter.

Flacco’s pass capped off a six-play, 85-yard drive. He went four-for-four on the drive for 87 yards with the touchdown.

The Ravens could not convert the extra point as the snap slipped through the hands of holder Sam Koch.

The Browns and Ravens played a scoreless first quarter, as the teams traded five punts, turnovers and field position throughout the first 15 minutes of play.

Just five plays after the Browns lost possession of the football on a fumbled punt return by Joshua Cribbs, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw an interception to linebacker Craig Robertson in the end zone with 3:21 left in the first quarter. It was Flacco’s first interception in the red zone since Dec. 7, 2009 at the Green Bay Packers. He had not thrown a red zone interception in 125 consecutive pass attempts.

Flacco took the snap on second-and-three from Cleveland’s 10-yard line and threw toward Boldin. However, Robertson dropped back into coverage and registered his second interception of the season.

The interception of Flacco tied Robertson with middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson for the team lead.

Earlier in the first half, Cribbs fielded a 54-yard punt from Baltimore’s Sam Koch and returned it 14 yards. However, Cribbs lost the ball on the play and Ravens inside linebacker Jameel McClain recovered the fumble at Cleveland’s 40-yard line with 5:07 remaining in the first quarter.

Cribbs was hit in the side of the helmet by the shoulder of Ravens inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and fell to the ground. After the fumble, Cribbs’ helmet was dislodged and the two-time Pro Bowler hit his head on the turf.

Cribbs walked off the field with assistance from Cleveland’s medical staff.


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Williams returns INT for TD

Posted by Matt Florjancic on September 28, 2012 – 2:53 am

 

BALTIMORE — Baltimore Ravens veteran cornerback Cary Williams intercepted a Brandon Weeden pass and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown. With the defensive score, the Ravens increased their lead over the Cleveland Browns to 23-10 with 15 seconds left in the third quarter of play from M&T Bank Stadium.

The Browns faced a third-and-five from Baltimore’s 43-yard line when Weeden threw an out-route intended for rookie wide receiver Travis Benjamin. As Benjamin neared the sideline, Williams jumped the route and returned the turnover for the score.


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Dawson hits from 51

Posted by Matt Florjancic on September 28, 2012 – 2:34 am

BALTIMORE — Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson made a 51-yard field goal and drew the team to within six points, 16-10, of the Baltimore Ravens with 6:52 remaining in the third quarter of tonight’s game from M&T Bank Stadium.

Dawson’s kick — his second from 50 or more yards this season — capped off an eight-play, 53-yard drive that took 3:01 off the third-quarter clock.


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Flacco runs for touchdown

Posted by Matt Florjancic on September 28, 2012 – 2:24 am

BALTIMORE — Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco ran for a one-yard touchdown and extended the Ravens’ lead to 16-7 over the Cleveland Browns with 9:53 remaining in the third quarter of play from M&T Bank Stadium.

Although he got the score with his feet, Flacco engineered the 13-play, 89-yard drive with his arm. He completed five of seven passes for 68 yards and three of those throws went to veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

Boldin turned those three receptions into 60 yards.


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1st-half thoughts on Browns-Ravens

Posted by Vic Carucci on September 28, 2012 – 2:07 am

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

BALTIMORE — Here are some thoughts on the first half of the Browns’ game against the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium:

What I liked…

>>The way the Browns worked at digging themselves out of a 9-0 hole with an impressive drive late in the first half. Brandon Weeden finally began to find his groove and threw several nice passes to move the Browns down the field to set up Trent Richardson’s short touchdown run.

>>The way Greg Little responded to heavy criticism about his drops and post-catch poses with an excellent grab of a 43-yard pass from Weeden. He demonstrated great concentration, strong hands to pull the ball in, and strength to hang onto it while being tackled. Weeden also couldn’t have thrown the ball much better.

>>The way Weeden is beginning to develop better chemistry with Travis Benjamin, who has the potential to be as big a difference-maker as anyone the Browns have on offense.

>>Billy Winn’s aggressive play. He has been all over the field in pursuit and making several good, sure tackles.

>>The Browns’ pass coverage, which, for the most part, has been pretty tight, forcing Joe Flacco to often hold the ball longer than he needs to. Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron is getting an effective rush with his defensive line, allowing him to keep multiple people in coverage.

>>The Browns’ kick coverage.

What I didn’t like …

>>Seeing Josh Cribbs take a hard hit on a first-quarter punt return that caused him to lose his helmet and suffer a head injury that sidelined him for the rest of the game.

>>Another slow start, which allowed the Ravens to take a 9-0 lead.

>>Be sure to tune in Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET, for Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford on ESPN 850 WKNR or catch the live stream right here on ClevelandBrowns.com.

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Browns trail at halftime

Posted by Matt Florjancic on September 28, 2012 – 2:02 am

BALTIMORE — With a first-quarter touchdown and second-quarter field goal, the Baltimore Ravens built a 9-7 halftime lead over the Cleveland Browns in tonight’s game from M&T Bank Stadium.

Down by two scores, late in the first half, the Browns went to rookie running back Trent Richardson, who scored a one-yard rushing touchdown and capped off an 11-play, 94-yard drive that took 4:52 off the second quarter clock and drew the team to within two points of the Ravens.

With the score, Richardson became the first Browns running back with a rushing touchdown in three straight games since Peyton Hillis during the 2010 season. He is the first Cleveland rookie since Eric Metcalf (1989) to accomplish the feat.

Ravens rookie kicker Justin Tucker kicked a 45-yard field goal and extended his team’s advantage to 9-0 over the Browns with 10:03 remaining in the first half.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco engineered a 32-yard drive, but could not convert two long passes and the team was forced to attempt the long field goal.

Earlier in the half, Flacco delivered an 18-yard pass to second-year wide receiver Torrey Smith over the Browns’ defense and built a 6-0 lead with 12:57 left in the first quarter.

Flacco’s pass capped off a six-play, 85-yard drive. He went four-for-four on the drive for 87 yards with the touchdown.

The Ravens could not convert the extra point as the snap slipped through the hands of holder Sam Koch.

The Browns and Ravens played a scoreless first quarter, as the teams traded five punts, turnovers and field position throughout the first 15 minutes of play.

Just five plays after the Browns lost possession of the football on a fumbled punt return by Joshua Cribbs, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw an interception to linebacker Craig Robertson in the end zone with 3:21 left in the first quarter. It was Flacco’s first interception in the red zone since Dec. 7, 2009 at the Green Bay Packers. He had not thrown a red zone interception in 125 consecutive pass attempts.

Flacco took the snap on second-and-three from Cleveland’s 10-yard line and threw toward veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin. However, Robertson dropped back into coverage and registered his second interception of the season.

The interception of Flacco tied Robertson with middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson for the team lead.

Earlier in the first half, Cribbs fielded a 54-yard punt from Koch and returned it 14 yards. However, Cribbs lost the ball on the play and Ravens inside linebacker Jameel McClain recovered the fumble at Cleveland’s 40-yard line with 5:07 remaining in the first quarter.

Cribbs was hit in the side of the helmet by the shoulder of Ravens inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and fell to the ground. After the fumble, Cribbs’ helmet was dislodged and the two-time Pro Bowler hit his head on the turf.

Cribbs walked off the field with assistance from Cleveland’s medical staff.


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