The Browns (0-2) fell to the Baltimore Ravens (1-1) 14-6 in an AFC North matchup today at M&T Bank Stadium. Below is our game day blog.
Final: Ravens 14, Browns 6
The Ravens took a 14-6 lead with 8:57 to go on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Marlon Brown. The Browns’ next drive stalled in large part due to another Greg Little drop and the team’s third delay of game penalty on a third-down play for the day. With 3:34 left in the game, the Ravens pinned the Browns down at their own 1-yard line. Around that same time, Brandon Weeden jogged to the locker room with a thumb injury. In his place came Jason Campbell. After a defensive pass interference call on the first play, Campbell couldn’t do much of anything, and the Browns turned it over on downs. The Ravens were then able to run out the clock and end the game. Weeden finished the game 21-for-33 for 227 yards. Richardson had 58 yards rushing. Jordan Cameron was the Browns’ leading receiver with five catches for 95 yards.
End 3Q: Ravens 7, Browns 6
The Ravens finally got on the board and took a 7-6 lead on Bernard Pierce’s five-yard touchdown run with 5:18 left in the third quarter. Earlier, outside linebacker Quentin Groves limped off the field with an apparent left ankle injury. He was then carted to the locker room. His return is questionable. Late in the quarter the Browns missed a golden opportunity when running back Chris Ogbonnaya snuck out of the backfield and was wide open down the sidelines. Despite having no one around him, Weeden led him too far, missing out on what might have been a 62-yard touchdown. The Browns got the ball back a few players later when Craig Robertson stripped Ray Rice of the ball and D’Qwell Jackson recovered the fumble at the Ravens’ 45-yard line. The Browns couldn’t do anything with it, though, and are facing a fourth down entering the fourth quarter.
End 2Q: Browns 6, Ravens 0
The difference in the game through two quarters has been the kicking position. Browns kicker Billy Cundiff added a 51-yarder just before halftime, his second made attempt of the day, to put the Browns up 6-0. Ravens kicker Justin Tucker, meanwhile, has missed his two attempts. Joe Haden and the secondary have played well, holding the Ravens to 122 yards of total offense. The Browns offensive line started to struggle in the second quarter, allowing the Ravens defense to get to Weeden three times beind the line of scrimmage. Weeden is 13-of-17 passing for 158 yards. Neither running back has had a good day thus far—Trent Richardson has gained only 34 yards on 11 carries, and Ray Rice has been stifled for just 13 yards.
End 1Q: Browns 3, Ravens 0
The Browns took an early lead when, on the team’s first offensive snap, quarterback Brandon Weeden found tight end Jordan Cameron for a 53-yard gain (Cameron’s career long reception). The Ravens held the Browns out of the end zone but kicker Billy Cundiff made a 21-yard field goal attempt, giving the Browns a 3-0 lead. The Ravens offense has been largely held in check so far, one of the bigger gains coming on a Phil Taylor personal foul after he smacked Ray Rice in his helmet after a play. Rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo entered the game on the Ravens first drive and didn’t wait long to make an impact. On his first professional snap, Mingo blew around the edge and sacked Joe Flacco.
Inactives: Browns – quarterback Brian Hoyer, tight end MarQueis Gray, offensive tackle Martin Wallace, right guard Shawn Lauvao (high-ankle sprain), left defensive end Ahtyba Rubin (calf), defensive end Armonty Bryant and outside linebacker Paul Hazel. Notes: Lauvao was ruled out Friday, and Rubin entered today listed as doubtful on the injury report. Both players also missed the regular-season opener Sept. 8. Ravens – wide receiver Jacoby Jones (knee), defensive tackle Brandon Williams (toe), wide receiver Deonte Thompson (foot), center Ryan Jensen (foot), defensive end DeAngelo Tyson, guard/tackle Jah Reid and running back Shaun Draughn.
Lineup changes: Browns – Oniel Cousins will start at right guard in place of Lauvao; Billy Winn will start at left defensive end in place of Rubin. Ravens – none announced.
Ryan Lewis’ top storylines: 1. The Ravens’ secondary was embarrassed on national television Sept. 5 when Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning torched them for 462 yards and seven touchdowns. That secondary is looking to rebound and had extra time to prepare for the Browns’ passing attack. Quarterback Brandon Weeden will have to ignore history — in two games against the Ravens last year, he was 45-of-89 passing (51 percent) for 496 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions. 2. After getting only 15 touches last week against the Miami Dolphins, how many times will Trent Richardson get the ball against the Ravens? Richardson made it clear Thursday that he wants the ball in his hands more often. He played well in two games against the Ravens last year, gaining more than 100 total yards both games. In one, he ran for 105 yards on 25 carries and had a season-high six catches for 31 yards. 3. Rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo, the No. 6 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, was a full participant in practice Thursday and is expected to make his NFL regular-season debut today. He has been dealing with a bruised lung that kept him out of the season-opening game against the Dolphins. Mingo will be in a rotation on the right side along with Jabaal Sheard. 4. Since he entered the league in 2008, the Browns haven’t found a way to consistently slow down Ravens running back Ray Rice. In 10 games against the Browns, Rice has 922 rushing yards. It’s the most he has against any team. 5. The Ravens today will be unveiling banners for their second Super Bowl championship, a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. It also means Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger, now with the Browns, will be in the stadium when the banner is presented but in a different uniform than his former teammates. It’s Kruger’s first game back after leaving the Ravens for the Browns this offseason.
Links to preview stories via Ohio.com: 1. Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger ready for a dose of revenge against Ravens. 2. Matchup of the week: Browns’ offensive line tasked with slowing down pass rush of Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil. 3. Browns vs. Ravens: Five numbers you need to know for Sunday. 4. Browns vs. Ravens: Five storylines to watch Sunday. 5. Predictions from Nate Ulrich, Marla Ridenour and Ryan Lewis. 6. Browns vs. Ravens: How the offenses and defenses rank. 7. Browns vs. Ravens: Quote of the week. 8. Browns vs. Ravens: Injury report. 9. Browns roster for Game 2 against Ravens. 10. 2013 Browns results and schedule. 11. Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson says no one will run the ball on the Browns. 12. Browns notebook: Center Alex Mack does not want contract situation to distract, knows he must be at best vs. Ravens’ Haloti Ngata. 13. Browns running back Trent Richardson wants coaches to stick with game plan, give him ball more. 14. Browns notebook: Does quarterback Brandon Weeden have enough around him to succeed? 15. Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden aspires to be like Ravens’ Joe Flacco, but is nowhere close.