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November 03, 2008|By MIKE PRESTON



Joe Flacco had a couple of passes that he needed to get a little steam on, but he was poised with the team down by 14 points. He made some really strong throws into tight windows and showed touch downfield.



For the most part, the pass protection was good, and the running game was sound in the middle of the field. But the Ravens need more power when running the ball inside the red zone.



Derrick Mason had nine catches for 136 yards, and Mark Clayton finally got involved with the offense with four catches for 87 yards. The Browns' cornerbacks were atrocious. Somebody remind tight end Todd Heap of the snap count.



Ray Rice averaged 7.3 yards on 21 carries and was a threat coming out of the backfield as a receiver. The Ravens finished with 193 rushing yards, but this group had better improve on pass protection.



Hint to Cleveland Browns: You can't run against this group. Tackles Haloti Ngata and Justin Bannan got a lot of penetration to cause the Browns' running game a lot of problems.



Inside linebacker Bart Scott led the Ravens with 10 tackles. Ray Lewis and Jarret Johnson combined for seven. Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs returned an interception for a touchdown, but he was a nonfactor until late in the game.



The Browns helped the Ravens by trying to pound the ball instead of going at cornerbacks Fabian Washington and Frank Walker. Washington and Walker were solid.



Those short kickoffs by Matt Stover were done on purpose, but the poor tackling wasn't. The Browns averaged 13.7 yards a punt and 33.9 on kickoffs, including one for a 92-yard touchdown.

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