Final thoughts from Browns-Ravens

Posted by Vic Carucci on November 4, 2012 – 10:12 pm

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

Here are some final thoughts on the Browns’ 25-15 loss against the Ravens at Cleveland Browns Stadium:

>>This much we know about the Browns: They’re good enough to give the Ravens all they can handle. This much we also know about the Browns: They’re not good enough to make mistakes and have any chance to win a winnable game. Too many penalties, too many missed plays. As much as the Ravens have struggled, they’re still the Ravens. They still have the overall edge in talent and experience.

>>The Browns have a lot of reflecting to do during the bye. They can look at this and other games that were close but where they fell short. It should serve as a source of motivation to keep plugging through the balance of the season. It is obviously frustrating, but it can’t become a reason for players to disconnect with the notion that they need to continue to play hard. As Phil Dawson told me after the game, the players are still being paid and need to respond professionally.

>>Speaking of Dawson, his money kicking remains something that can never be taken for granted. He gave the Browns a chance to win this game, but only if the offense was able to do something other than get in field-goal range.

>>The Browns’ defense continues to carry this team. After a slow start, it came together to eventually slow down the Ravens’ running game and keep quarterback Joe Flacco off-balance. With defensive tackle Phil Taylor playing his first game of the season since suffering a torn pectoral in the offseason, the defensive line was stout against the run through long stretches and did a good job of generating pressure. But ultimately it wasn’t good enough.

>>Defensive end Jabaal Sheard played exceptionally well in the second half. He consistently got pressure on Flacco and benefitted from Taylor’s ability to collapse the pocket at times.

>>Back-to-back false starts that set up a first-and-20 from the Browns’ 36 late in the third quarter. An illegal-formation penalty that wiped out a Brandon Weeden touchdown pass to Josh Gordon. These are the types of things that the Browns simply cannot do. And at this stage of the season, blunders by a team, no matter how young, become less and less tolerable.

>>I spoke with one of the Ravens’ assistant coaches after the game. “You’ve got something there with that team,” he told me. “They’re very young now, but they’re going to be good, believe me.”

>>The Browns’ kick coverage was pretty solid all day. And that’s saying something against an extremely dangerous returner such as Jacoby Jones.

>>Carucci’s Corner is presented by Panera Bread.

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Game Recap: Ravens 25, Browns 15

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 4, 2012 – 9:05 pm

The Baltimore Ravens scored only 10 points after the first quarter, but it was enough to seal the 25-15, come-from-behind victory over the Cleveland Browns in a battle of AFC North Division teams at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker made a 43-yard field goal attempt and extended the Ravens’ lead over the Cleveland Browns to 10 points, at 25-15, with 2:49 left in the fourth quarter of the today’s game.

Tucker kicked the field goal four plays after the Browns turned the ball over on downs when Brandon Weeden’s pass attempt to wide receiver Greg Little sailed over the second-year player’s hands.

Torrey Smith’s 19-yard touchdown reception put the Ravens back in front of the Browns and the ensuing two-point conversion to Anquan Boldin brought the advantage to seven points, at 22-15, with 4:26 remaining in the fourth quarter.

On third-and-10, quarterback Joe Flacco withstood the pressure from the Browns’ defensive front and delivered the ball to Smith, who caught the pass near the first-down marker and spun toward the sideline to avoid a tackle and before sprinting to the end zone. Smith’s touchdown was his fifth of the regular season.

With his fifth field goal of the day coming from 41 yards away, kicker Phil Dawson gave the Browns their first lead of the game over the Ravens, 15-14, with 8:48 left in regulation.

Dawson is one made field goal away from equaling his franchise record of six field goals, which he achieved at San Diego on Nov. 5, 2006.

The Browns originally went in front of the Ravens when quarterback Brandon Weeden connected with rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon on an 18-yard touchdown pass on a slant route over the middle of Baltimore’s defense. However, the Browns were penalized for an illegal formation that took the touchdown off the scoreboard.

The Browns trailed the Ravens, 14-12, after three quarters of play.

Dawson made his fourth field goal of the game when he converted a 33-yard attempt and got the Browns to within two points of the Baltimore Ravens, 14-12, with 2:39 remaining in the third quarter.

Dawson has hit from 33, 29, 28 and 32 yards against the Ravens today.

With two touchdowns in the first quarter, the Ravens built a 14-9 lead over the Browns after the first half.

Dawson converted his third field goal of the second quarter and drew the Browns to within a score of the Ravens, 14-9, with three second left in the first half. Dawson’s attempt finished a one-minute drive that traveled 50 yards in seven plays.

Earlier in the quarter, Dawson converted a 28-yard field goal attempt and cut the Baltimore lead to 14-6 with 1:47 left to play in the first half. The Browns’ 10-play, 76-yard scoring drive lasted for more than four minutes.

On the Browns’ previous possession, Dawson kicked a 32-yard field goal and cut the Baltimore advantage to 14-3 at the 9:19 mark of the second quarter. Dawson capped off a 12-play, 66-yard drive that took 5:42 off the game clock.

Two rushing touchdowns allowed the Ravens to build a 14-0 lead over the Browns after the first quarter.

Baltimore running back Bernard Pierce rushed for a 12-yard touchdown and gave the Ravens a 14-0 lead over the Browns with one second remaining in the first quarter. Pierce took a pitch out from Flacco on third-and-one, turned the corner around left tackle and tiptoed his way up the sideline before crossing the goal line.

Baltimore’s 12-play, 66-yard drive took 6:52 off the first-quarter clock. They held the ball for 12:17 in the first quarter.

Fellow running back Ray Rice opened the scoring with an eight-yard touchdown run that gave the Ravens a 7-0 lead over the Browns at the 8:37 mark of the first quarter.

Rice served as a catalyst on the 10-play, 70-yard drive that took 5:25 off the first-quarter clock. He ran for 32 yards and the touchdown on six carries, while Flacco completed all four of his pass attempts for 38 yards. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin caught three of Flacco’s passes and gained 30 yards.

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Tucker hits from 43

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 4, 2012 – 8:58 pm

Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker made a 43-yard field goal attempt and extended the Ravens’ lead over the Cleveland Browns to 10 points, at 25-15, with 2:49 left in the fourth quarter of the today’s game.

Tucker kicked the field goal four plays after the Browns turned the ball over on downs when Brandon Weeden’s pass attempt to wide receiver Greg Little sailed over the second-year player’s hands.


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Smith catches touchdown pass

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 4, 2012 – 8:49 pm

Torrey Smith’s 19-yard touchdown reception put the Baltimore Ravens back in front of the Cleveland Browns and the ensuing two-point conversion to Anquan Boldin brought the advantage to seven points, at 22-15, with 4:26 remaining in the fourth quarter of play at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

On third-and-10, quarterback Joe Flacco withstood the pressure from the Browns’ defensive front and delivered the ball to Smith, who caught the pass near the first-down marker and spun toward the sideline to avoid a tackle and before sprinting to the end zone. Smith’s touchdown was his fifth of the regular season.


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Dawson puts Browns in front

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 4, 2012 – 8:37 pm

With his fifth field goal of the day coming from 41 yards away, kicker Phil Dawson gave the Cleveland Browns their first lead of the game over the Baltimore Ravens, 15-14, with 8:48 left in regulation from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Dawson is one made field goal away from equaling his franchise record of six field goals, which he achieved at San Diego on Nov. 5, 2006.


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Browns trail after three quarters

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 4, 2012 – 8:19 pm

The Cleveland Browns trailed the Baltimore Ravens, 14-12, after three quarters of play in today’s AFC North game from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson made his fourth field goal of the game when he converted a 33-yard attempt and got the Browns to within two points of the Baltimore Ravens, 14-12, with 2:39 remaining in the third quarter.

Dawson has hit from 33, 29, 28 and 32 yards against the Ravens today.

With two touchdowns in the first quarter, the Ravens built a 14-9 lead over the Browns after the first half.

Dawson converted his third field goal of the second quarter and drew the Browns to within a score of the Ravens, 14-9, with three second left in the first half. Dawson’s attempt finished a one-minute drive that traveled 50 yards in seven plays.

Earlier in the quarter, Dawson converted a 28-yard field goal attempt and cut the Baltimore lead to 14-6 with 1:47 left to play in the first half. The Browns’ 10-play, 76-yard scoring drive lasted for more than four minutes.

On the Browns’ previous possession, Dawson kicked a 32-yard field goal and cut the Baltimore advantage to 14-3 at the 9:19 mark of the second quarter. Dawson capped off a 12-play, 66-yard drive that took 5:42 off the game clock.

Two rushing touchdowns allowed the Ravens to build a 14-0 lead over the Browns after the first quarter.

Baltimore running back Bernard Pierce rushed for a 12-yard touchdown and gave the Ravens a 14-0 lead over the Browns with one second remaining in the first quarter. Pierce took a pitch out from quarterback Joe Flacco on third-and-one, turned the corner around left tackle and tiptoed his way up the sideline before crossing the goal line.

Baltimore’s 12-play, 66-yard drive took 6:52 off the first-quarter clock. They held the ball for 12:17 in the first quarter.

Fellow running back Ray Rice opened the scoring with an eight-yard touchdown run that gave the Ravens a 7-0 lead over the Browns at the 8:37 mark of the first quarter.

Rice served as a catalyst on the 10-play, 70-yard drive that took 5:25 off the first-quarter clock. He ran for 32 yards and the touchdown on six carries, while Flacco completed all four of his pass attempts for 38 yards. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin caught three of Flacco’s passes and gained 30 yards.


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Dawson good from 33

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 4, 2012 – 8:17 pm

Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson made his fourth field goal of the game when he converted a 33-yard attempt and drew the Browns to within two points of the Baltimore Ravens, 14-12, with 2:39 remaining in the third quarter of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Dawson has now hit from 33, 29, 28 and 32 yards against the Ravens today.


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First-half thoughts from Browns-Ravens

Posted by Vic Carucci on November 4, 2012 – 7:27 pm

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

Here are some thoughts on the first half of the Browns’ game against the Ravens at Cleveland Browns Stadium:

What I liked…

>>The Browns’ surge late in the half. They got back some much-needed momentum and confidence, but it won’t matter if they don’t build on it in the second half.

>>The Browns getting their running game going in the second quarter. Despite trailing, they need to be patient with it. Trent Richardson is finding some big openings against the Ravens’ banged-up defensive front.

>>The Browns finding some success in the passing game, which they set up with some success on the ground. Some nice throws by Brandon Weeden and excellent catches, especially by Greg Little, to move the chains.

What I didn’t like …

>>The Ravens holding the ball for more than 12 minutes in the first quarter.

>>The Browns’ defense having few answers for what the Ravens did offensively for the better part of the first half.

>>The Browns getting field goals when they need touchdowns. The Ravens’ offense is far too capable of putting up points quickly.

>>Some Browns offensive plays developing a little too slowly.

>>Carucci’s Corner is presented by Panera Bread.

>>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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Ravens lead Browns at the half

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 4, 2012 – 7:25 pm

With two touchdowns in the first quarter, the Baltimore Ravens built a 14-9 lead over the Cleveland Browns after the first half of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson converted his third field goal of the second quarter and drew the Browns to within a score of the Ravens, 14-9, with three second left in the first half. Dawson’s attempt finished a one-minute drive that traveled 50 yards in seven plays.

Earlier in the quarter, Dawson converted a 28-yard field goal attempt and cut the Baltimore lead to 14-6 with 1:47 left to play in the first half. The Browns’ 10-play, 76-yard scoring drive lasted for more than four minutes.

On the Browns’ previous possession, Dawson kicked a 32-yard field goal and cut the Baltimore advantage to 14-3 at the 9:19 mark of the second quarter. Dawson capped off a 12-play, 66-yard drive that took 5:42 off the game clock.

Two rushing touchdowns allowed the Ravens to build a 14-0 lead over the Browns after the first quarter in today’s AFC North Division game.

Baltimore running back Bernard Pierce rushed for a 12-yard touchdown and gave the Ravens a 14-0 lead over the Browns with one second remaining in the first quarter. Pierce took a pitch out from quarterback Joe Flacco on third-and-one, turned the corner around left tackle and tiptoed his way up the sideline before crossing the goal line.

Baltimore’s 12-play, 66-yard drive took 6:52 off the first-quarter clock. They held the ball for 12:17 in the first quarter.

Fellow running back Ray Rice opened the scoring with an eight-yard touchdown run that gave the Ravens a 7-0 lead over the Browns at the 8:37 mark of the first quarter.

Rice served as a catalyst on the 10-play, 70-yard drive that took 5:25 off the first-quarter clock. He ran for 32 yards and the touchdown on six carries, while Flacco completed all four of his pass attempts for 38 yards. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin caught three of Flacco’s passes and gained 30 yards.


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Dawson makes third kick

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 4, 2012 – 7:22 pm

 

Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson converted his third field goal of the second quarter and drew the Browns to within a score of the Baltimore Ravens, 14-9, with three second left in the first half from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Dawson’s attempt finished a one-minute drive that traveled 50 yards in seven plays.


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