The Browns (4-5) defeated the Baltimore Ravens (3-5) 24-18 today at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Final: Browns 24, Ravens 18
The Ravens pulled to within one score in the fourth quarter but the Browns were able to run out the clock. Joe Flacco hit Marlon Brown from 7 yards out early in the quarter and found him again for the two-point conversion to make it a 21-18 game. After Jabaal Sheard sacked Flacco to end the Ravens' next possession, teh Browns took over with 6:44 left. Keyed in by a nice catch by Davone Bess on fourth-and-1, the Browns ate up all but 14 seconds on the clock and capped it with a Billy Cundiff field goal. The Ravens completed two passes but couldn't get any real shot at the end zone. Jason Campbell was 23-of-35 for 262 yards and three touchdowns and a QB rating of 116.6. Greg Little posted a career-high seven receptions for 122 yards.
End 3Q: Browns 21, Ravens 10
The Browns caught a huge break in the third quarter when Ravens wide receiver Tandon Doss muffed a punt. Browns linebacker Eric Martin, who injured his knee earlier in the game, recovered it at the Ravens’ 11-yard line. A couple plays later, Campbell hit tight end Gary Barnidge for a 4-yard touchdown pass to take 21-10 lead at the 5:11 mark. Earlier, T.J. Ward sacked Flacco for an 8-yard loss that took the Ravens out of field goal range.
End 2Q: Browns 14, Ravens 10
Jason Campbell returned for the Browns early in the second quarter. He found Bess for another touchdown, this one from 20 yards. Bess caught the pass and juked Lardarius Webb to the ground. It’s the first multi-touchdown game of Bess’ career. Greg Little now has two personal fouls. He caught a pass over Ihedigbo (Little tossed his helmet earlier in the game) and later caught another pass. After the latter play, Little shoved Ihedigbo. He then added a “come here” motion with his hand and drew a taunting penalty. Later, Joe Haden intercepted a deep pass from Joe Flacco that was tipped by Tashaun Gipson. The Ravens brought the score to 14-10 with a 67-yard drive in 52 seconds, capped by a 19-yard touchdown pass to Marlon Brown. On that drive Flacco hit Torrey Smith for 46 yards for the first 40-yard pass play the Browns have allowed this season.
End 1Q: Browns 7, Ravens 3
The Browns have the lead but lost their starting quarterback. Quarterback Jason Campbell was sacked on third-and-eight and then speared by Haloti Ngata on the ground. Ngata was called for a personal foul. Campbell appeared to be woozy and walked off with trainers. Brandon Weeden entered the game. Campbell is probable to return with an injury to his ribs, per a pressbox announcement. Later, Greg little tossed the helmet of Ravens safety James Ihedigbo 15 yards, drawing a 15-yard penalty. The Browns took the lead thanks to a couple of nice catches and a gamble. Facing a fourth-and-1 at the Ravens’ 1-yard line, head coach Rob Chudzinski elected to go for the touchdown. Campbell was pressured and threw off his back foot to Davone Bess, who fought off two defenders to make the catch. Earlier on that drive, Little made a terrific catch in-between two Ravens for a 32-yard gain. Josh Gordon also had a 27-yard catch. The Ravens answered with a 51-yard field goal off the foot of Justin Tuck.
Inactives: Browns – Center Patrick Lewis, offensive tackle Martin Wallace, guard Garrett Gilkey, nose tackle Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, offensive tackle Reid Fragel, tight end Keavon Milton and outside linebacker Paul Hazel. Notes: Backup defensive end Billy Winn is active for the first time since Sept. 22, when he suffered a strained quadriceps that forced him to miss the past five games. Backup outside linebacker Quentin Groves is active for the first time since Oct. 20. He sat out last week against the Kansas City Chiefs after aggravating a high-ankle sprain that forced him to miss three games earlier this season. Both Winn and Groves were listed as questionable heading into this weekend. All of the Browns’ inactives are healthy scratches. It's the first time this season Kitchen, a Kent State University product, has been inactive. Ravens – Safety Brynden Trawick, running back Bernard Scott, left guard Kelechi Osemele (back/knee), center Ryan Jensen (foot), wide receiver Brandon Stokley (thigh), defensive end DeAngelo Tyson and outside linebacker John Simon.
Lineup changes: Browns – None announced. Ravens – Jameel McClain will start at inside linebacker in place of Josh Bynes (finger/thigh). A.Q. Shipley will start at left guard in place of Osemele.
Ryan Lewis’ top storylines: 1. Jason Campbell makes his second start, first at home, for the Browns this season. Campbell played well on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs last week, throwing for 293 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions on 22-of-36 passing. Campbell made his first appearance for the Browns in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens. He completed only one of the four passes he attempted while backed up against his own end zone late in the game. 2. The Ravens’ Ray Rice is widely considered to be one of the best running backs in the game, but he hasn’t had a stellar season so far. Rice has rushed for only 242 yards on 86 carries for a poor 2.8 yards-per-carry average. He’s also lost two fumbles. Coming out of a bye week, the Ravens hope to get Rice back on track. 3. Today is the first matchup between Rice and Browns nose tackle Phil Taylor since their incident in Week 2 that led to Taylor drawing a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness. Several Browns have suggested Rice spit at Taylor, although no definitive word has been given. What’s clear is Rice made a motion toward Taylor, who then slapped Rice on the helmet and continued to jaw with him after the play. 4. The Ravens (3-4) and Browns (3-5) are each three games behind the Cincinnati Bengals (6-3) in the win column for the AFC North race but both could make up ground in the division in a short amount of time. Both the Ravens (Week 10) and Browns (Week 11) play the division-leading Bengals in the next few weeks. A win today and a win over the Bengals would open the possibility for a divisional run down the stretch for either team. A couple of losses for either, meanwhile, would likely end any playoff hopes. 5. The Browns have yet to beat coach John Harbaugh or quarterback Joe Flacco in 11 tries since the two joined the Ravens in 2008, which stands as the longest current winning streak of one team over another. Flacco’s 11-0 record against the Browns is the most wins for a quarterback over any single team without a loss since the NFL merger in 1970. In those 11 games, the Ravens have more than doubled the Browns’ point total 265-128.
Links to preview stories via Ohio.com: 1. Browns carrying tremendous swagger into make-or-break rematch against Ravens. 2. Browns vs. Ravens key matchup: Wide receiver Torrey Smith against Browns’ secondary. 3. Five must-know numbers for Sunday. 4. Predictions from Nate Ulrich, Marla Ridneour and Ryan Lewis. 5. How they rank. 6. Quote of the week. 7. Browns confident quarterback Jason Campbell can provide lift against Ravens. 8. Browns notebook: Pro Bowler Joe Thomas on facing Ravens edge rusher Terrell Suggs: ‘It’s not fun. It’s a headache’. 9. Browns’ defense carrying restored swagger, memory of altercation between Phil Taylor, Ray Rice into rematch with Ravens. 10. Browns notebook: Offensive coordinator Norv Turner says more production needed from Greg Little, Davone Bess.