What went right: Rookie running back Terrance West, a Baltimore native, rushed 18 times for 94 yards (5.2 average), including a 2-yard touchdown that gave the Browns a 10-3 lead with 3:29 left in the third quarter. The defense played well through three quarters and didn’t surrender a touchdown until it allowed scoring strikes of 16 and 2 yards from quarterback Joe Flacco with 7:33 and 3:44 remaining. The defense executed a goal-line stand in the first quarter. On fourth-and-goal from the 1, strong safety Donte Whitner tackled running back Justin Forsett for a 3-yard loss.
Duke Johnson remained committed to Miami even as an NCAA investigation loomed as a threat to the program, made an immediate splash in his Hurricane debut and spent three seasons rewriting the school’s record book.
BALTIMORE: Coach Mike Pettine and General Manager Ray Farmer are safe, but rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel, former All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon and rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert won’t be unless they get their acts together.
BEREA: Nose tackle Ahtyba Rubin didn’t say goodbye Friday afternoon, but when he shook the hands of a few reporters after they interviewed him, everyone involved knew it could very well be the last time the seven-year veteran met with the media at Browns headquarters.
The NBA landscape today looks an awful lot like the real estate market: Location is everything. That’s particularly true in Cleveland, where location has twice blessed the NBA franchise that resides here.
COLUMBUS: When Cardale Jones replaced J.T. Barrett 15 seconds into the fourth quarter of Ohio State’s Nov. 29 victory over Michigan, Jones wisely waited until his first drive ended before he began firing questions into his headset.
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1. The Browns (7-8) head into Sunday’s game on a four-game losing streak, and first-year coach Mike Pettine hopes to buck the organization’s recent trend of losing out to end the season. The Browns haven’t ended a season with a win since 2009, and the past few years have been particularly ugly. 2013 ended with seven consecutive losses, and the firing of first-year coach Rob Chudzinski. 2012 ended with three consecutive losses and the firing of second-year coach Pat Shurmur. 2011 ended with six consecutive losses and nine of the final 10. 2010 ended with four consecutive losses and six of the final eight and ushered the firing of second-year coach Eric Mangini. Despite recent history of season’s finishes and the aftermath that followed, Pettine isn’t concerned. “I get together with Jimmy for a minimum of an hour every week,” Pettine said. “We are very much on the same page as far as our vision for this team today, our vision for the team this weekend, our vision for the team moving forward.”
“I get together with [owner] Jimmy [Haslam] for a minimum of an hour every week. We’re very much on the same page as far as our vision for the team today, our vision for the team this weekend, our vision for the team moving forward.”
.923 — Joe Flacco’s career winning percentage against the Browns, the highest of any active quarterback with at least 10 starts against the Browns. Flacco is 12-1 and carries a 90.5 passer rating against the Browns, with a 16:7 touchdown to interception ratio. Flacco’s only loss came in a 24-18 Browns win in Week 9 of the 2013 season.