Instant analysis: Reaction to the Ravens' win over the Browns

September 28, 2012|The Baltimore Sun

Mike Preston, columnist: In September, any win is a good win.

Peter Schmuck, columnist: It didn't figure to be pretty, with the Ravens four days removed from a very emotional payback game against the Patriots, but it did figure to be a little easier than that. Guess playing four NFL games in an 18-day period might take a little out of a team. Winning three of them anyway ... priceless.

Kevin Cowherd, columnist: They were tired and banged up, but the Ravens did just enough to win in a sloppy game on a wet field against a far weaker opponent. John Harbaugh is going to have to address the lack of composure by a few of the Ravens veterans, namely Paul Kruger and Michael Oher, who picked up ill-advised penalties to keep Cleveland drives alive.

Aaron Wilson, Ravens reporter: Despite an ugly game for the offensive line, especially a penalty-prone offensive tackle Michael Oher, and not doing enough defensively to harass Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden, the Ravens held on for a victory and are now 3-1 atop the AFC North. It wasn't a particularly impressive victory over the winless Browns, but the Ravens certainly won't throw it back. After playing four games in 18 days, the Ravens now get to enjoy a few days off before preparing to play the Kansas City Chiefs. Ravens hit the quarter-pole very healthy considering they've played so many games in such a short time span.

Ron Fritz, sports editor: The Browns put up a good fight, but talent always wins out. This Ravens team is way too talented to be losing to a young Cleveland team.

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