Brown out

Ravens fall to Cleveland amid flurry of mistakes

Browns score 24 in 1st half

Browns 27 Ravens 13

Ravens Report

October 01, 2007|By JAMISON HENSLEY

Losing its luster

Teams no longer fear the Ravens' defense, which has lost its dominant aura. The Ravens gave up three touchdowns in the first half, including a 78-yard catch by Browns receiver Braylon Edwards, who beat cornerback Chris McAlister on a deep route. The defense finished with no sacks and one turnover.

Red-zone blues

The Ravens struggled in the red zone, scoring one touchdown in four trips inside the Browns' 20-yard line. Quarterback Steve McNair (above), who said he wasn't bothered by his groin injury, continually overthrew receivers in the end zone and finished 4-for-8 for 28 yards in the red zone. The Ravens ran the ball just four times on 12 plays in the red zone.

Not so special

The Ravens' special teams contributed heavily to the loss, from returner Yamon Figurs fumbling a kickoff to McAlister lining up offside on a missed field-goal attempt. (The Browns capitalized by scoring a touchdown.) Even Matt Stover missed two field-goal tries, the first time he has had multiple misses since the 2005 season opener.

Real small victory

In their first game against their all-time leading rusher, the Ravens held Jamal Lewis to 64 yards on 23 carries, a 2.8-yard average. It was even questionable whether Lewis crossed the goal line on his 1-yard touchdown. The Ravens' new running back, Willis McGahee, had his first 100-yard game as a Raven, gaining 104 yards on 14 carries.

Quote to note

"We just got our butts beat, plain and simple." - Ravens coach Brian Billick, summing up the loss in his opening post-game statement.

Coming attraction

The Ravens travel across the country to play the San Francisco 49ers (2-2) on Sunday. It will be their first game against Mike Nolan since he left as the Ravens' defensive coordinator to become the 49ers' head coach.

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