Joe Flacco threw for a career-high 342 yards, but those stats are misleading. A number of his passes sailed. Two should have been picked off. This is the kind of game in which players develop bad habits. Hopefully, that doesn't happen to Flacco.
It will be interesting to see how long coach John Harbaugh holds Willis McGahee out of the New England game. McGahee sparks the offense, and he had 67 yards on seven carries Sunday. Starter Ray Rice had 48 yards on 11 carries, and his first touchdown.
Left tackle Jared Gaither had sensational seal blocks that led to several TD runs. Right tackle Michael Oher was relentless blocking downfield. The Ravens were balanced running the ball, going both right and left. They averaged 5.1 yards a carry.
Derrick Mason and Kelley Washington each had five receptions, and tight end Todd Heap had four. The Ravens attacked in every area of the field, including vertically. They averaged 13.3 yards a pass, a solid number to work around.
This was unfair because it was clearly a mismatch. The Browns rushed for just 71 yards, and they couldn't contain Terrell Suggs and Trevor Pryce. Pryce had one sack and several hurries. Suggs isn't back at full tilt yet, but he is getting there.
If backup Brendon Ayanbadejo were bigger, he would be a starter. Ayanbadejo had four tackles and played well. Jarret Johnson also gave the Ravens a strong effort despite a shoulder injury. The Ravens weren't dominant, but they were successful.
No one will confuse the Browns' receivers with the Chargers', but the secondary did pick off three Cleveland passes. It did a good job of reading the QBs' eyes and jumping routes. Domonique Foxworth, Dawan Landry and Ed Reed intercepted passes.
The Ravens did a good job containing return specialist Joshua Cribbs. Antwan Barnes, Jameel McClain and Edgar Jones each had two tackles. One problem for the Ravens was the penalties, but it was otherwise a really strong effort.