It was another night of offense futility for the Browns on Monday night at the stadium, as the team fell to 1-8 with a lackluster 16-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Already the worst offense in football ranked 32nd, the outing vs Baltimore did nothing to give fans or the team much hope for the rest of the season.
In 13 offensive drives, the Browns had a grand total of 9 punts, two picks, and they also had the ball at the end of the half and the end of the game. They put up 160 yards of offense, as new/old/new quarterback Brady Quinn did nothing to make people forget about Derek Anderson.
In making his third start of the season, and first since week two vs the Ravens, Quinn was 13-for-31 for 99 yards with two picks, one returned for a score, and a QB rating of 23.5. Considering that the leading pass catcher was Mike Furrey with six catches for a whopping 30 yards, it tells you the type of night it was for the Browns lackluster offense.
About the best play on offense was their first one, a run up the gut by Jamal Lewis for 14 yards. It was the longest run of the night for the Browns, as they put up 86 yards rushing on 26 carries, an average of 3.3 yards per carry. Rookie Chris Jennings had 7 carries for 18 yards.
The defense actually stepped up and stopped the Ravens most of the night. The game was scoreless at halftime, and Baltimore managed 274 total yards. Joe Flacco was 13-for-18 for 15 yards and a long of 41 yards. Ray Rice was the leading rusher with 89 yards on 20 carries including the only offensive TD of the game, a 13-yard run that put the Ravens up 7-0 at the 12:28 mark of the third quarter.
Any thoughts of a Browns comeback were quickly dashed, as Quinn was picked off by Dawan Landry on the next offensive play, and he took it back 48 yards for a TD. Shaun Rogers blocked the extra point and it was 13-0 Ravens. Their awful kicker, Steve Hauschka was able to boot a 44-yard field goal later in the quarter after Quinn’s second pick to close out the scoring at 16-0.
A lot of people seemed to think that playing at home on Monday night, getting time off with the bye, and the thoughts of the upset over the Giants last year would be enough to make this a game. They were wrong. Over half of the crowd, which by the way didn’t protest as they talked about, were gone after the pick six to make it 13-0, and about 85 percent were gone midway through the fourth quarter.
The team will take on the equally as bad Detroit Lions (1-8) Sunday in Detroit at Ford Field at 1pm.