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Ravens lead Browns in a defensive struggle

Ishmaa'ily Kitchen,  Bernard Pierce AP

The Browns are keeping it closer than most expected, but the Ravens have taken an early lead in a Thursday night defensive struggle in Baltimore.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Ravens finally got on the board with a six-play, 85-yard drive that culminated in an 18-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith. The Ravens, who missed the extra point after their touchdown, then extended their lead to 9-0 with a 45-yard field goal from Justin Tucker.

But the Browns’ offense finally showed a sign of life late in the second quarter with an 11-play, 94-yard drive that ended with Trent Richardson scoring from one yard out. Unfortunately for the Browns, that came on their sixth offensive possession — after they had punted on their first five offensive possessions. The Browns would go on to punt on their next possession as well.

The Browns are going to need more than just one productive possession from their offense, or else the Ravens’ 9-7 halftime lead will prove to be insurmountable.

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24 Responses to “Ravens lead Browns in a defensive struggle”
  1. pryor4heisman says: Sep 27, 2012 10:02 PM

    This game is Zzzzz…

    I miss the replacement refs

  2. mymanmccoy says: Sep 27, 2012 10:05 PM

    Thnx for all the positive news on the Browns T Rich scoring on the “vaunted” ravens D. Just what I expected from you guys.

  3. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Sep 27, 2012 10:06 PM

    Let’s be honest. The Ravens are waaaay overrated!!

  4. onebucplace says: Sep 27, 2012 10:09 PM

    I saw at least two PI’s that were not called, also Weeden bounced the ball right off the head of his offensive lineman on a play and there was no call (illegal touching should have been called if the refs knew what they were doing). There was a player that took a massive hit to the head. There was a bad spot where they had to stop play to respot the ball and the refs can’t control the players as there’s been multiple plays where players have had their helmets ripped off.

    That’s the halftime report if the replacements were still in there.

  5. moerawn says: Sep 27, 2012 10:11 PM

    Why are the Ravens on like every night game?

  6. skoobyfl says: Sep 27, 2012 10:11 PM

    Browns are playing to win.

  7. pappyjoe69 says: Sep 27, 2012 10:14 PM

    Looks like the law of averages just might catch up to the Ravens tonight!

  8. moneymike23 says: Sep 27, 2012 10:14 PM

    I can’t believe I have NFL Network!

  9. pens5829 says: Sep 27, 2012 10:17 PM

    Time for 52 to hang it up. He’s old and slow.

  10. vincentbojackson says: Sep 27, 2012 10:17 PM

    Apparently not everyone is excited the regular officials are back. Seems like Flacco is crying for calls every other play.

  11. htowntexan says: Sep 27, 2012 10:18 PM

    If the ravens lose to the worst team in the nfl, will people stop acting like they are a good team? And who will ray Lewis, flaco, and coach blame with the real refs back now. God I hope they lose.

  12. dalucks says: Sep 27, 2012 10:21 PM

    The downside about Joe Flacco being in the no huddle offense is that the offense forgets about Ray Rice. Joe Flacco will be more successfull if he gets Ray Rice 10 rushing attempts and 2 receptions per half. A quarterback driven league is a nice salespitch but it does not work for every team.

  13. tialen says: Sep 27, 2012 10:22 PM

    Ah, yes football is back in form.. the Ravens have their refs back.

  14. jusford says: Sep 27, 2012 10:33 PM

    what a snooze fest I’m going to bed.

  15. pwillywonka says: Sep 27, 2012 11:02 PM

    Balt was so much better when the knew who their best player was. 11 carries is not enough for Rice. Flacco is garbage!!

  16. vman0626 says: Sep 27, 2012 11:39 PM

    Browns still have a ways to go but this is the best Cleveland team in a long time…

  17. andrewproughcfe says: Sep 27, 2012 11:46 PM

    Well they lost, but I was wrong, Weeden did give them a chance to win there at the end. Good job right before the end there guy! That last play was a real stinker though – you throw the ball into the stands?

  18. ppdoc13 says: Sep 28, 2012 12:26 AM

    All you yahoos griping about the ravens make me laugh. They are 3-1 with 2 divisional wins and a win over the Pats, but they are way overrated. What a bunch of know nothing pretenders. Stop with the jealousy already. Not everyone can have Ozzie running their draft board

  19. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 28, 2012 1:00 AM

    How many more passes can Flacco just blindly chuck up, hoping for either the WR to bail him out or the flag?

    Wow that dude gets away with a LOT.

    This game was simply about Cleveland receivers not being able to hold onto the ball. And once again, Flacco didn’t really matter.

  20. steelersownyou says: Sep 28, 2012 7:35 AM

    The king of checkdown is terrible. Can’t wait to play these bums and teach them a lesson!

  21. ravenator says: Sep 28, 2012 9:43 AM

    Steeler fans are still bitter. You’re below .500 wake up and smell the coffee

  22. clwb419 says: Sep 28, 2012 10:40 AM

    onebucplace says:
    Sep 27, 2012 10:09 PM
    I saw at least two PI’s that were not called, also Weeden bounced the ball right off the head of his offensive lineman on a play and there was no call (illegal touching should have been called if the refs knew what they were doing). There was a player that took a massive hit to the head. There was a bad spot where they had to stop play to respot the ball and the refs can’t control the players as there’s been multiple plays where players have had their helmets ripped off.

    That’s the halftime report if the replacements were still in there

    ———————–

    Learn the rules, then post. No illegal touching because Weeden was hit and it impacted the trajectory of the ball. Same thing should have been called when Weeden was hit and they called grounding.

  23. cacaw420 says: Sep 28, 2012 11:07 AM

    ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 28, 2012 1:00 AM

    How many more passes can Flacco just blindly chuck up, hoping for either the WR to bail him out or the flag?

    Wow that dude gets away with a LOT.

    This game was simply about Cleveland receivers not being able to hold onto the ball. And once again, Flacco didn’t really matter.
    ————————————-

    350+ yards, passing TD, rushing TD, in a game decided by 7 points…you’re right, he didn’t matter. (do these people even read what they are writing?)

  24. richardf954 says: Sep 28, 2012 12:32 PM

    Love football , I don’t miss many games , but the reality is this game was over before it started . took a pass on this one .

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