It’s official – the Cleveland Browns are in big trouble. There is no denying that fact as the Browns, who now sit at 0-3, get set to return home after being beaten Sunday by the upstart Baltimore Ravens 28-10 in Baltimore. The game changed in a nightmare third quarter for Cleveland, as the Ravens got two TD’s from Le’ron McClain and a pick and TD from Ed Reed.
The Ravens, who had not played since an opening day win over the Bengals, were out to prove that win was not a fluke. Rookie QB Joe Flacco didn’t lose the game, but was not as good as in the opener. He went 13-for-19 for 129 yards with 1 sack and two picks. He didn’t have to be as good thanks to a takeaway defense that gave the offense a TD and pick that set up another TD in the third quarter.
The running game was key for the birds, as they pushed for 151 yards on the ground, holding the Browns to just 73 yards. They also held the ball for 37:48 to the Browns 22:12. Cleveland will have a lot of questions to answer this week when it comes to the QB spot, as Derek Anderson was off again, throwing 14-for-37 for 125 yards with one TD and three picks. Start warming up, Brady Quinn.
The Browns were also their worst enemy when it comes to penalties, as they committed 9 fouls for 65 yards, while the Ravens were whistled five times for 40 yards. Half of Cleveland’s possessions lasted less than 1 minute while the Ravens had one 14-play drive last more than 9 minutes. The Browns have just two offensive touchdowns in 33 possessions this season. Dating back to last season, the Browns have just five offensive TDs in their last six games (1-5 record).
It’s big trouble in Cleveland if the Browns can’t top the Bengals next week at Paul Brown Stadium as it will be a battle of two 0-3 teams. The Ravens travel to Pittsburgh for Monday night football vs the Steelers.