Colt McCoy picked a real bad time to practice the term it’s more blessed to give than receive. Sunday against one of the AFC’s best, the Baltimore Ravens, McCoy played his worst game of the year, throwing three picks as the Browns fell to 5-10 on the year falling 20-10.
The Browns scored a touchdown on their second series with some trickery, a WR pass from Mohamad Massaquoi to Brian Robiskie from 29 yards out to make it 7-0 eight minutes into the game, but from there they were outscored 20-3 as the Ravens enforced a more physical brand of football the Browns could not match.
“I think we had a lot of self-inflicted wounds,” Massaquoi said. “They played a great game, but if you look at it, we did a lot of things to hurt ourselves.”
The Browns defense was also no match again for a Ravens run game that put up 161 yards on 38 carries, a 4.2 yards per carry average. Despite Ray Rice being held to less than 100 yards (he had 92), the Browns have now allowed 541 yards rushing (that’s an average of 180.3 yards per game), over the past three weeks, all losses.
As for Ray Lewis saying the Ravens were going to hold Peyton Hillis in check, Baltimore did as promised. Taking quite a few shots when he did get carries, Hillis had 35 yards on 12 carries, with a long of 7 yards.
“They have been a tough team to run against for a long time,” Browns OL John St.Clair said. They did a good job and you have to take your hat off to them. We don’t make excuses, we’ve got to do things to get better.”
That won’t be easy with a team that stops the run even better than the Ravens coming to Cleveland for the season finale next week, the Steelers.
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