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Browns fall to Ravens

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 27, 2009

BALTIMORE: With just one meaningless touchdown scored in 2 1/2 games with Brady Quinn as the starting quarterback, Browns coach Eric Mangini swallowed his pride and turned to backup Derek Anderson Sunday in a 34-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

But the outcome begged the question, was it all Quinn's fault?

Little appeared to have changed since last season for Anderson, who threw three interceptions.

The Browns (0-3) trailed 20-0 with 12:35 left in the third quarter when Anderson took over. The 2007 Pro Bowler produced just a 29-yard Billy Cundiff field goal after a 13-play, 66-yard drive stalled at the Baltimore 12.

Anderson was picked off on his first series when his toss for receiver Mike Furrey went right to linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo. With 8:18 remaining, strong safety Dawan Landry stepped in front of a throw intended for Braylon Edwards. Then with 5:52 to go, free safety Ed Reed picked off another pass intended for Furrey.

The Ravens intercepted four passes, including one of Quinn, who completed 6 of 8 for 34 yards and a 42.7 rating. Quinn fell to 1-5 as a starter over two seasons.

In contrast, Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco hit on 25 of 35 for a career-high 342 yards and a TD and a rating of 111.8.

The Browns came out lifeless and were thoroughly outclassed by the Ravens (3-0), who appear to have all the pieces to make another run for the Super Bowl last won in 2000.

Cleveland suffered its eighth straight loss in the AFC North as Baltimore took a 14-7 loss in the series.

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