Jason Campbell brings some happiness to the Factory of Sadness

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The Browns didn’t make Jason Campbell their first choice as quarterback and they didn’t make him their second choice, but it appears he’ll be their final choice for this season as long as he’s healthy enough to play.

Campbell shrugged off a first half hit by Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and threw three touchdown passes to lead the Browns to a 24-18 home win over the Ravens. Campbell finished the day 23-of-35 for 262 yards and made some of his biggest plays late in the fourth quarter. He scrambled for one first down as the Browns tried to run out the clock with under four minutes to play, hit Davone Bess for two yards on fourth and one and then found Chris Ogbonnaya for a pair of first downs that forced the Ravens to use up their remaining timeouts.

The fourth down play to Bess was big for a couple of reasons. One was the appealing confidence shown by Rob Chudzinski in his team and in going for a win by playing bold instead of just punting the ball away in the final minutes, even though he could have felt secure in his defense holding the Ravens down on a day when Baltimore gained just 278 yards. The second was the turnaround for Bess, who also caught two touchdowns a week after his three drops and a fumble contributed to Cleveland’s loss.

Baltimore lost another close one and, once again, they have no one but themselves to blame. Tandon Doss muffed a punt to hand the Browns the ball in the red zone, they committed nine penalties and could not protect Joe Flacco at all. He was sacked five times and hurried several others in another erratic performance that failed to recall last year’s playoff heroics. The running game remains stuck in the mud and it is clear that the bye week “state of emergency” didn’t fix everything or even anything wrong with Baltimore.

Campbell doesn’t fix everything wrong with the Browns, either, but he gives them a shot that Brandon Weeden never did. At 4-5 with a very strong defense, it’s fair to wonder what this season might have wound up being in Cleveland if they hadn’t waited so long to call his number. If they return from the bye with everything clicking, there might not even be a reason to wonder.

104 responses to “Jason Campbell brings some happiness to the Factory of Sadness

  1. Factory of Gladness!

    Those of you who thought Flacco was just a mediocre QB…you were right!

    Ravens suck! GO BROWNIES!!!

  2. You whiffed on getting an eventual Hall of Famer in RGIII, but hey your consolation is Jason Campbell Cleveland! That’s like getting a ribbon for participating in the science fair. No surprise that a former Redskin was involved. We breed winners and class acts. #HTTR

  3. So much Florio and all the other “experts” who insisted that the Ravens D wouldn’t really miss Lewis and Reed, that they were more talented, and would actually be better by mid-season than last year.
    The BROWNS took the ball with four minutes left and drove it the length of the field to put the game away. The BROWNS, with Jason bleeping Campbell at QB. Did you see Campbell the last few years? Seriously, he took the BROWNS the length of the field when the Ravens had to have a stop. Jason Campbell and the Browns. So much for the experts. So much for the Ravens. So much for the Super Bowl hangover being a myth. Ravens gave away way too much of last year’s team for anyone to think they’d be better. Stupid. Said it then, sayin’ it again. Stupid.

  4. The Browns played with all the guts, executed all the right plays, and made Flacco’s life hell. The Ravens muffed a punt, got an all time awful performance by Koch, couldn’t get off the field on third down,… etc, etc, etc.

    I’m glad Ray Rice is 100% again. His 17 yards was huge. That sweet one he busted off for five yards, man….that one is sure to make the highlight shows.

  5. joemammy says:
    Nov 3, 2013 7:44 PM
    Factory of Gladness!

    Those of you who thought Flacco was just a mediocre QB…you were right!
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    Joemammy,

    The Ravens won the Super Bowl last year. Maybe you should save your excitement when and if Cleveland ever gets there.

    The Browns played a great game and deserved the win. Jason Campbell was just amazing. especially on Cleveland’s last drive. But your comments are really self-serving.

  6. The issues for the Ravens lie on both O-line and D-lines. The zone blocking scheme is setup for athletic lineman. You can’t force big burly lineman to run down the line against a defensive front like Cleveland’s. Their are holes all over this team including the coaching. Stubborn play calling and game planning from weeks before, after a bye no less, is inexcusable. They took Leach back to use him on special teams.

  7. Browns have a top 7 defense. Top 4 in sacks and lowest in yards allowed per play in the NFL. What they lack is a running game.

  8. Can we please just stop trying to run the ball? We insist on mixing in the run but we’re basically just wasting downs, then all of a sudden we’re down two scores and forced to throw and look what happens… Flacco starts taking over. Flacco is clearly our best offensive weapon even with the pitiful O-line. We gotta accept that Rice just isn’t himself this year.

  9. ” Did you see Campbell the last few years? ”

    Uh..yeah. And he was decent, in fact he’s always been decent.

  10. Bengals needed this – so big thanks to the brownies – off topic but I (cincinnatian here)was talking to my old man who was telling me he grew up a browns fan and it was a big deal when the bengals came around and people had to choose rooting for the then upstart bengals over the brownies (who r now the ravens) – crazy division w/ three teams founded by the same person!

  11. steelersaregodsteam says:
    Nov 3, 2013 7:51 PM
    Ravens: basement rats.

    Worst defense (maybe ever?)
    steelersaregodsteam says:
    Nov 3, 2013 7:55 PM
    It is pretty easy to see that the Ravens defense is among the worst of all time. 24 points to the Browns? LOL
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    How many points did the Steelers give up today? Are you really starving for attention THAT MUCH! 😀

  12. Browns played really hard especially on defense . Jason Campbell made Rob Chudzinske look like an idiot for getting Bryan Hoyer to leapfrog him to start. Those guys on defense were just flying all over the place.
    About the Ravens Rbs; not sure if it was the blocking up front or the suspect “run” calls but Ray Rice and Pierce were no where to be found. Joe Flacco did it with his arm but it wasn’t enough.

    Anyways to Browns fans, all trash talk and jokes aside, your team played well.

  13. “At 4-5 with a very strong defense, it’s fair to wonder what this season might have wound up being in Cleveland if they hadn’t waited so long to call his number.”

    More like……..what might have been if Bryan Hoyer didnt go down for the season.

  14. I’m sure the Rat’s organization feels good that a QB making $1.7MM/yr just slapped a fat “L” on a $12MM/yr QB!

  15. How bad must Weeden be that Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell have both looked infinitely better in this offense? They should have pulled the plug on him after last season. 0-4 in games Weeden started this year. 4-1 with Hoyer and Campbell. They could have been right in the thick of things if they had given up on Weeden sooner. Yet another Holmgren bust. Who drafts a 28-year-old QB in the 1st round?!

  16. Jason Campbell brings some happiness to the Factory of Sadness

    Posted by Josh Alper on November 3, 2013, 7:42 PM EST
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    Hmmm, really? Cleveland home games are always a sellout. Factory of sadness isn’t in Cleveland so look for another Headline.

  17. It is fair to say that the Ravens have one of the worst offensive lines ever assembled. Pathetic.

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    Or could it be that the Browns front 7 schooled them?

    Just like they’ll school the squealers, no?

  18. nattypoes says: Nov 3, 2013 7:55 PM

    Can we please just stop trying to run the ball? We insist on mixing in the run but we’re basically just wasting downs, then all of a sudden we’re down two scores and forced to throw and look what happens… Flacco starts taking over. Flacco is clearly our best offensive weapon even with the pitiful O-line. We gotta accept that Rice just isn’t himself this year.

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    What we might have to accept is that Rice has just about hit his shelf life, and might be finished. Nobody is going to want to accept it, but look at the guy. Even with the bad o-line there is no speed burst or ability to make anybody miss. If that was his 100% we’re in big trouble. Financially the Ravens are married to the guy for the next couple of years.

    At least they might be able to get out of the Ngata deal without a lot of cap acceleration. He looks like Royal Farms is paying him with fried chicken.

  19. Footballfan01 ,, couldn’t have said it any better about Ray Rice , he looks like he doesn’t want to be out there anymore for reasons unknown , I believe that he will be gone next year

  20. Ravens faced the modern game dilemma: you have a good to great QB: do you decimate the rest of the team to keep him or risk having better players with another option at QB. QBs are going to have to decide to i play for less and hope i have enough playmakers around me, or do i got for the mega deal but have no one left. Wonder what Indy will do when Luck comes up for his next contract.

  21. Big congrats to the Browns!!!

    Our division has turned upside-down this season. My Steelers are making me miserable, and things don’t look too much better in Baltimore. But I am really am happy to see the Browns righting their ship.

  22. Browns FINALLY beat the hated Ravens and the Steelers continue to swill around the bowl. GREAT WEEK in the NFL.

  23. If Bess makes that same 4th down catch today that he dropped last week the Browns would have went on to beat the Chiefs!

  24. logicalvoicesays says:
    Nov 3, 2013 7:47 PM
    You whiffed on getting an eventual Hall of Famer in RGIII, but hey your consolation is Jason Campbell Cleveland! That’s like getting a ribbon for participating in the science fair. No surprise that a former Redskin was involved. We breed winners and class acts. #HTTR

    last time i checked this was about the browns & ravens…not the redskins…anyway, i wouldn’t be too quick to name a 2nd yr qb a hof especially w rickety knees and a coach set out to bury him in fed ex field…not too logical of a voice, eh?

  25. This is just further proof that the Browns have a legitimate nucleus of a team. All they needed was a serviceable QB and we can get wins. Our D is pretty stout and we’re doing this without a run game. Receivers finally get an A for catching most everything that was thrown on target. If you re-watch, alot of Campbell’s throws were behind or off target, that is why I say he is serviceable. If Hoyer was still healthy to this point, Campbell would still be holding a clipboard.

  26. @ezwriter69
    Yeah, the same defense that held Rodgers to a TD. Raven’s D had been playing well this season, except for week one. Main problem is the huge lack of a run game on the Raven’s side. Maybe Rice and Pierce will pick it up.

    Also, good job Cleveland.

  27. Nice win for the brownies, gives us fans something to be excited about going into bye week. Whod’ve thunk the bengals and brownies could be atop the AFC North , while the Ratbirds and Stealers battle for last place. should be an interesting remainder of the season. Hope the browns can pull off some upsets and run the table against AFC north opponents. Cambell is looking like a real QB, hard to believe he sat behind weeds to begin the season. If he plays like he did today, the browns may have a little more flexibility in the 2014 draft. Would like to see them nab Manziel late 1st round, and let him sit and learn for a year. The browns will be a force to be reckoned with once the holes are filled in the offseason.

  28. I wish Campbell,or Hoyer, had started the season. Cleveland’s defense is stout, and it’s not just one guy like many other teams, it’s the whole unit. Great win by Cleveland.

  29. Nov 3, 2013 8:15 PM
    Enough of this factory of sadness stuff. Time for the Steelers to occupy the basement .

    I am sure as a Browns fan you could write volumes about being at the bottom…..and we can write the same about being at the top…you would die to change places …right?? Sshh win something first ….

  30. SO it was wrong for Kosar to call out the Rams during the preseason and the whole media (PFT included) but it is ok for them and others to call Cleveland the factory of sadness, and I am not defending that overall the Browns have sucked since they came back, I am commenting in the double standard.

  31. 23-35 for 262 yards and 3 TDs. Maybe not the most impressive numbers ever but better than most were expecting. Campbell is a good QB in the right system. Just look at what he did with Oakland before he broke his collarbone.

  32. Needless to say, the Browns have discovered that QBs need a big brain along with a big arm. (which eliminates Weeden)Congrats to Jason Campbell for a good performance. Now, please, PLEASE stay healthy.

  33. logicalvoicesays

    Ya take a look at the standings. The dysfunctional Browns have a better record than your Bravehearts. Think about that.

  34. Steelers trolls & Ravens trolls are gonna be endlessly going back & forth in these related articles about which team sucks more.

    For the rest of us I’ll settle the debate… Baltimore and Pittsburgh both stink.

  35. Heck yeah!!! I am so happy that the Browns took out the Ravens. Browns fan all my life, but the one problem for this is the QB next year. Campbell is okay for the rest of the season, but he isn’t our guy for the next 5-7 years. We need a QB next year and Weeden isn’t it either (gosh that was a bad pick/bad scouting job by Holmgren’s Heroes [HA!]). The better we do, the worse our draft pick will be, which hurts us as we search for the next guy to lead us for the next 5-5 or more years.

    Great win, still. Go Browns. Can’t wait to hear Rizzo & Hammer tomorrow morning.

  36. Fun to watch the Browns win division games. When discussing the future of the division it may be helpful to remember the Browns 7 picks in the first four rounds of the draft and plentiful cap space. Not a guarantee of prolonged success but a half season in this front office and coaching staff looks head and shoulders better than what we’ve seen in a while.

    Go Browns!

  37. Re: coltzfan166

    23-35 for 262 yards and 3 TDs. Maybe not the most impressive numbers ever but better than most were expecting. Campbell is a good QB in the right system. Just look at what he did with Oakland before he broke his collarbone.

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    And he broke it against the Browns.

    Dude hasn’t thrown a pick yet for us. He’s doing a much more solid job than I ever imagined.

    This is a biZARRE season for my Brownies.

  38. The 22nd pick of the 2012 draft gets replaced by the 25th pick of the 2005 NFL draft. Weeden in his 2nd year and Campbell in his 9th yet they are only a year apart in age.

  39. Happy that Campbell got the win.

    As a skins fan, I can fully appreciate that Jason never got a fair chance with us – he had 6 offensive coordinators in as many seasons or whatever it was – no one put in that situation is going to succeed.

    I liked him and felt it was mostly our fault that he didn’t do well here.

    Anyway, that all said, I’m glad he got the win and will be pulling for the Browns this season as he helms the ship. Congrats!

  40. I can’t believe the Browns haven’t cut ties with Weeden and found anybody (except Tebow) to serve as a back-up. Weeden can’t even look mediocre in an offense that suits his physical skills to a tee. Please trade him back to the Yankees, as I don’t even wish him on anybody else’s fanbase. I’m still not on the Bess bandwagon either, but he did alright today. I could live with a Campbell/Hoyer QB battle next year as long as they do something to eliminate any chance of Weeden taking the field.

  41. Hoyer or Campbell to start next year (I still lean toward Hoyer) and take a QB that can learn & develop, like in the old days. Like said above 7 picks in rounds 1-4, lots of cap space, and a YOUNG team. Next year could really be something, but it feels really great to be in November and THIS YEAR still has promise. Playoffs are possible, and once you’re in, anything goes. I’ve got more hope than anytime since 1999, including the playoff year. I hope it doesn’t end with RedRight88 if we make it to the playoffs, but this season is feeling a lot like 1980 (and putting as many gray hairs on my head as it did on my Dad’s noggin back then).

    GO BROWNS !

  42. Hoyer showed me enough. If he heals in time, I want him competing for the starting job. Campbell too.

    I’m convinced the new brass is going after “their QB” in the draft regardless of how anything shakes out.

  43. The Raiders were foolish in letting Campbell go.Look at them now they have a weak armed scrambling QB who might have one good run a game followed by several awful throws.Camobells no Joe Montana but he was a better fit than Palmer or Pryor

  44. This doesn’t surprise me a bit, I was hoping Oakland would keep Campbell. For those saying, yeah, he won the game but his throws were off, give him some time and reps.

  45. Other than Bridgewater, Cleveland shouldn’t take a QB In the first round. There will be plenty available in the second round. If I’m Cleveland, I’d stick with Hoyer, Campbell, and then grab a rookie QB. Both of those QB’s are playing well in Chud/Turners system.

  46. Looks like Haden really fired up the Ravens! I mean, it wasn’t long before his pre-game remarks got e-mailed all over the Ravens team! He sure looks bad now for waking up that sleeping giant that is the Ravens, huh?

    That’ll show YOU Joe Haden for messing with the great Baltimore Ravens!

    P.S. Just like it showed us how smart it was to pay Joe Flacco all that money.

  47. Leave it up the browns coaching staff to figure it out LAST that jason Campbell is their best QB , but somehow they said he was their 3rd starter.We all told them start this guy and see how the season go , but noo that never happen , You just wonder where they could have been in the standings.need i go bring up the tape when campbell was with the raider having them up and flying.too bad the injuries.

  48. The Steelers are in perfect position to go on a run and win the division. They’ll easily win all of their remaining division games, and no way buf, det, mia and gb can hang with em. Cin might get to 9-7, more likely 8-8, so do the math.

  49. Hats off to the Browns! Plays were made when needed most. I hope it was cathartic, and I hope the Ravens can turn it around in time to make December mean something. After trading Trent and having Hoyer go down, it’s refreshing that the only team that can truly be written off in early November is Pittsburgh. If Baltimore can’t put a phenomenal run together (and it doesn’t look likely), I’ll be pulling for the Browns to take the division.

  50. edgarpoe3 says: Nov 3, 2013 8:00 PM

    steelersaregodsteam says:
    Nov 3, 2013 7:51 PM
    Ravens: basement rats.

    Worst defense (maybe ever?)
    steelersaregodsteam says:
    Nov 3, 2013 7:55 PM
    It is pretty easy to see that the Ravens defense is among the worst of all time. 24 points to the Browns? LOL
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    How many points did the Steelers give up today? Are you really starving for attention THAT MUCH! 😀
    ==================================
    No use fighting about whose team is worse, Steelers and Ravens fans: Both of your teams suck.

  51. Skins Fan here I just want to say I’m happy for Jason Campbell, he went through a lot in DC and it’s nice to see him get a big win like this.

  52. franklinstking says:
    Nov 3, 2013 10:08 PM
    The Browns would be 7-2 or 8-1 without Weeden playing, and the division is in reach for Cleveland. They need to find a backup beside Weeden.

    OK YOU’RE A GENIUS….Weeden was a 1st round pick plus he had a good preseason. They had to give him a shot. Give them a call. Maybe they could hire you and all the Monday morning QBs as consultants so they don’t make any more mistakes.

  53. Hey Josh Alper can you write a positive article about Cleveland without being a fking clown??. Factory of saddness my ass try jax. We have one of the best if not the best fanbase. Our stadium is always packed. Yet you(josh alper) among others write these biased fking articles demeaning and trashing anything we accomplish. Heres a thought if you wanna demean us try and be original you fking clown

    Cleveland Til I Die 216,330
    Go Browns,Cavs,Tribe

  54. sb Chumps HaHaHa 6-10 at best.!!!!! hows that special team hc working out for you Cleveland Ravens LOL and LMAO.

  55. kremis says:
    Nov 3, 2013 7:57 PM
    Steelers 2-8 hahaha

    No kidding. Steeler fan here, and even I have to laugh. I mean, the Browns just whupped the Ravens, who with the Steelers are now looking for a nice, dark place in the basement to hide…

    Might have been obvious to the dawg pound but I can assure you that Steelers and Ravens fans would have NEVER picked this scenario at midseason! SMH

  56. Keep it classy Browns fans. It only took 12 games and 6 years to finally beat us again.

    With that said, good game. It is clear the Ravens are in disarray this year. So take advantage of the opportunity while it lasts. And I think you guys have a good shot at the division. I’d rather see you win it than the Bengals.

  57. For everyone complaining about Weeden starting the season:

    The FO needed to see what they had in Weeden. You can’t sit a 1st round pick without first doing your due diligence. Weeden’s performance last year could’ve easily been due to Shurmur’s offense and play calling. Weeden has proven to everyone that he’s not an NFL QB and now the FO can move on without anyone second guessing them.

    Best of all, we seem to have two serviceable QBs on the roster for next year so we can draft our future QB and give him some time to develop rather than chucking him straight into the fire.

    Go Browns!

  58. Flacco was flawless in his playoff run, no intercepts. If he didn’t get paid his King’s ransom, the Ravens would have risked him playing elsewhere, which is a nightmare scenario. Think about it. Your QB leads your team to a SB championship. Then, next year, he’s playing for another team. That’s insane!

    The reality is he’d kind-of the opposite of Peyton: OK during the regular season but really good in the playoffs. I think if he keeps playing inconsistent, eventually, he will be asked to restructure his contract.

  59. From Akron reporter Marla Ridenour:

    “A couple of times during the game, the Ravens’ defense got together on their sideline and mimicked LeBron James’ powder toss, presumably foreshadowing greatness coming as they prepared to take the field. But it seemed a weak and hollow gesture.”

    “On this night all the swagger came from the Browns, and it started with Chudzinski.”

    Go Browns!

  60. coming from a lifelong NINER fan….its been a real pleasure (minus Weeden) to watch y’all play ball this year..always rootin for Cleveland and their FANATICS…stock is on the rise!

  61. Worse hiring ever = Juan Castillo, plz fire that bum! We need to quit trying zone blocking schemes….our offensive line is built for power running! Coaching has been horrible this year all around, its time for the coaches to be held accountable

  62. Did anyone that commented actually watch the game?

    Cleveland played a good game, and made plays when it had to. Baltimore did not. Brownie defense was tough and their offense opportunistic.

    Flacco was not the problem for the Ravens. The lack of a running game/OL, coupled with completely predictable playcalling is where I’d lay the blame.

  63. Of all the games I want Cleveland to win, Baltimore is at the top of the list. I am so glad Cleveland finally took it to Baltimore. Hopefully, we can kick Pittsburgh twice while they’re down.

  64. This is great. We have Stoolers fans crying, Cryavens fans bawling and a few under medicated Redfaced fans here paying lip service to our beloved Browns. It’s ok fella’s we feel your pain. The tide has turned. The Browns are clearly on the rise as the roof caves in on you fools. It will be much worse for you next year. Your teams have become OLD. Time to rebuild and hope your front offices get it right. You’ll know if they did in about 3 to 5 years lololol. Oh, for the few lone poor misguided Redfaced fans who are crying on every teams blogs and storylines, be pissed at your front office for giving up the farm for RG3, don’t be angry with the Browns. It’s not our fault RG3 is a monumental bust. LOL @ Cryavens fans already talking about and living in the past “Last year we won a superbowl” lol THAT was LAST year. YOU now are the queens of SUCKDOM. If I were classless and wanted to live in the past like the Stoolers and Cryavens I would just point out 10 championship games in a row, winning 7. That’s 7 championships in 10 years. Best ever. But that’s in the PAST. In the here and now where most things matter, The Browns have beat your ass. Stop the whining and yes you may have guessed it…..wait til next year lololololol

  65. Back in the 70;s, we had a fiery ex Packer at coach named Forrest Gregg..he made us competitive and had the Browns playing meaningful last season football….didn’t make the playoffs but you could just TELL the Browns were improving and going to be dangerous. That feeling is BACK.

  66. The Browns split with the Ravens THIS season by pulling out a 6 pt win at home. I guess by eeking out a win over a bad ravens team that makes them good?

    LOL at Browns fans.

  67. Congrats to Browns fans on your win. Browns deserved it. Keep in mind, it’s one game. Ravens & Browns split this year, after 10 wins by the Ravens. Why all the hate toward us Ravens fans?

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