Sunday, December 4, 2011
Wrap-up: Ravens 24, Browns 10
By Jamison Hensley
Thoughts on the Baltimore Ravens' 24-10 victory at the Cleveland Browns:
What it means: Even though the performance was as sloppy as the weather at times, the Ravens showed they had the focus to put away a team with a losing record on the road. Baltimore improves to 9-3, which is tied for the best record in the AFC, and remains tied with Pittsburgh atop the AFC North (although the Ravens own the tiebreaker). The Browns (4-8) lost for the fifth time in six weeks and secured another non-winning season.
Running it up: The Ravens exposed one of the worst run defenses in the NFL, gaining 290 yards on the ground (191 yards more than their per-game average) on a franchise-record 52 attempts. Ray Rice ran for 204 yards and one touchdown.
Running one back: The Ravens' Lardarius Webb sealed the victory with a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It marked the Ravens' first punt return for a score since 2007.
Poor passing: Colt McCoy was 17-of-35 for 192 yards, but his biggest mistake came at the end of the first half. He was picked off by Ravens rookie Jimmy Smith, whose turnover led to a field goal late in the second quarter. The Ravens' Joe Flacco didn't have a great day, either. He was 10-of-23 for 158 yards.
Kicking concern: The Ravens' Billy Cundiff missed two more field goals, failing on attempts from 34 and 41 yards. He has eight misses this year, although five have come from 50 yards or longer.
What's next: The Browns have to make the short drive down to Pittsburgh for a Thursday night game. The Ravens return home to play another last-place team, the Indianapolis Colts, on Sunday.