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Browns vs. Ravens: Baltimore scores late as red zone offense dooms Cleveland

The Baltimore Ravens scored a go-ahead touchdown against the Cleveland Browns to avoid an upset.

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Josh Gordon fined for hit on Ed Reed

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was fined $20k for his block on Ed Reed on Nov. 4.


Weeden responds to criticism

Cleveland Browns CEO Joe Banner questioned whether or not Brandon Weeden is Cleveland's quarterback of the future -- and the rookie quarterback fired back.


Browns to work on playcalling communication

The Browns will streamline their offensive playcalling system during the bye week, after they struggled to get plays in fast enough against the Ravens.


Browns head coach Shurmur explains 4th down call

After the Browns' 25-15 loss to the Ravens on Sunday, head coach Pat Shurmur defended his questionable decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 from his own 28-yard line, as well as the play that was called.


No new injuries for Browns in loss to Ravens

The Cleveland Browns had at least one positive outcome from their frustrating 25-15 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday: they came away with no new injuries.

Still, the team was short five players, all of whom could miss time in future games. Cornerback Dimitri Patterson sat out his fourth consecutive game with a high ankle sprain that he suffered in Week 5. He has not practiced since the injury occurred. Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin was out of practice all week as well, and missed his second straight game with a calf injury.

Offensive tackle Ryan Miller, cornerback Tashaun Gipson and wide receiver Josh Cooper were out of action in Week 9 as well. Defensive tackle Phil Taylor was active against the Ravens and made his first start of the season. Tight end Alex Smith was active as well, and caught three passes for eight yards.

The Browns, who have a bye this week, hope to have at least some of the players back for their Week 11 game against the Dallas Cowboys.


Roundtable: Should Shurmur be let go in bye week?

The Browns dropped their Week 9 game against the Ravens in extremely frustrating fashion. At 2-7 and with the team on a bye, is it now time to say au revoir to Pat Shurmur?


Analyzing Shurmur's decisions in another ugly loss

The Browns fell to 2-7 on Sunday with their 10th straight loss to the Ravens. Ryan Alton recaps another afternoon of frustrating missed opportunities and curious coaching decisions.


A few positives from the Browns frustrating loss

The Browns 25-15 loss to Baltimore was frustrating for fans, but there were still some positives in the game.


Instant reaction to Browns loss to Ravens

Coming into this AFC North match-up, Cleveland Browns fans were excited for a possible upset of the division leading Baltimore Ravens. A poor start to the game allowed Baltimore to pull ahead 14-0 and though the Browns did overtake the Ravens 15-14 in the fourth quarter, a Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith touchdown pass gave the Ravens the lead for good with under five minutes to go.

Perhaps most surprising for Browns fans was the poor performance of the rookie out of Oklahoma State Brandon Weeden. He finished the day completing 20 of 37 passes for 176 yards and two interceptions. Despite Weeden's bad day, Dawgs By Nature says Browns fans need to take it easy on the first year player.

What the review above doesn't indicate is that Weeden had a poor showing for the first time since losing to the Eagles in Week 1. I think it comes as a bit of a surprise, considering we've seen him make progress and look so confident in every game since then. There is reason to be upset with Weeden's performance, but anyone calling for his head in his rookie year needs to settle down.

The Browns will now enter their bye week with a record of 2-7. It gets no easier on the other side of their week off when the Browns travel to Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys then come back home to face the Pittsburgh Steelers. The loss to the Ravens not only hurts the team's record but it could be chipping away at fans confidence.

A win would have improved the fan support of this team tremendously heading into a bye. Instead, whether justified or not, there are going to be questions regarding the future of head coach Pat Shurmur.

Rookie running back Trent Richardson had his third 100 yard rushing game of the season, finishing with 105 yards on 25 carries.


Cleveland falls on late Baltimore touchdown drive

A two-touchdown Ravens' lead after the first quarter became a one-point deficit as the Baltimore offense went ice cold, but a touchdown drive with less than five minutes to play salvaged a 25-15 road victory against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

From the second quarter to the fourth, Cleveland (2-7) scored on five Phil Dawson field goals to take a 15-14 lead with 8:50 left in the game as the Browns defense solidified.

After allowing Joe Flacco to complete his first 10 passes, Cleveland at one point forced three-and-outs on six straight Ravens drives.

But the Browns couldn't find the end zone and only mustered five field goals in five trips to the red zone.

Baltimore (6-2) responded as Flacco found Torrey Smith for a 19-yard touchdown pass to regain the lead with five minutes to go in the fourth quarter. The Baltimore quarterback finished the day 15-of-24 for 153 yards and a touchdown. Ray Rice had 25 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown.

Brandon Weeden was 20-of-37 for 176 yards and two interceptions, while rookie running back Trent Richardson took 25 carries for 105 yards.

Fantasy stud: Phil Dawson. Cleveland's kicker made the best out of a red zone offense that couldn't punch it in. He hit all five of his field goal attempts, most of which were from short distances.

Odds: The Ravens covered the spread after opening as a 3.5-point favorite.

Injury info: Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi returned to action after missing five games with a hamstring problem but appeared to aggravate the injury, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.

Next team on the schedule: The Ravens host the Oakland Raiders next Sunday while the Browns have a bye week before heading to Dallas to face the Cowboys on Nov. 18.

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Cleveland defense stiffens in third quarter

The Cleveland Browns haven't been able to punch the ball into the end zone, but they only trail by a score of 14-12 after three quarters thanks to a defense that has stiffened up.

Phil Dawson hit his fourth field goal of the game with 2:42 remaining in the third quarter. The 33-yard field goal was the longest of his four scores, which tells you all you need to know about Cleveland's failure to score in the red zone.

And after a first quarter where Baltimore controlled both sides of the ball, the Browns offense has actually moved quite well outside of the red zone troubles. Cleveland has 14 first downs to 12 by Baltimore, and the Browns have outgained the Ravens 245 yards to 193.

Meanwhile, Baltimore has struggled to move the ball. The Ravens had four three-and-outs in the third quarter and one of those times failed to capitalize on a Brandon Weeden pass that was intercepted by cornerback Cary Williams, who returned it 26 yards to the Cleveland 39-yard line.

With 21 carries, Trent Richardson is two yards shy of eclipsing the 100-yard mark for the third time this year.


Phil Dawson field goals cut into Ravens lead

Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson hit three field goals in the second quarter to cut a 14-0 Baltimore Ravens lead to 14-9 going into halftime.

Dawson hit a 32-yard field goal with 9:22 to play in the second and a 28-yarder a couple minutes before the half. And after a quick three-and-out by the Ravens, Cleveland went no-huddle and added a 7-play, 50-yard drive in a minute to set up a 29-yard field goal with seconds remaining on the clock.

Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson both ratcheted up the offense after having no first downs in the first quarter. Richardson had 14 touches for 76 yards, all but nine coming in the second quarter. Weeden completed 11 of 18 passes for 129 yards.

The Browns defense also stiffened up against a Baltimore offense that cruised in the first quarter. At halftime, Joe Flacco had 100 yards passing and the Ravens had 93 yards on the ground.


Baltimore takes lead into second quarter

The Baltimore Ravens have used a balance attack and shutdown defense to take a 14-0 lead against the Cleveland Browns after the first quarter.

Cleveland has thus far produced two three-and-outs, while Baltimore has methodically moved the ball with 11 first downs. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco went for 70 yards on 6-for-6 passing, while running back Ray Rice took 11 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown.

Rice scored on an 8-yard run with 8:37 to play in the first quarter to finish off a 10-play, 70-yard drive. Fellow running back Bernard Pierce scored before the end of the quarter with a 12-yard touchdown run to cap a 12-play drive that ate up nearly seven minutes on the clock.

The Browns have 18 total yards to 156 by the Ravens.

Brandon Weeden has gone 1-for-4 and nine of those yards. Running back Trent Richardson has rushed twice for nine yards and caught the single Weeden completion. He also had a fumble that was recovered by the Browns.


Browns inactives: Taylor, Massaquoi back

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi is active for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday as they battle the Baltimore Ravens. As is defensive tackle Phil Taylor for Cleveland.

Baltimore defensive tackle Haloti Ngata will play this week against the Browns at 1 p.m. as he was not on the list of inactives released by the team. Ngata, who has 32 tackles and three sacks this season, was questionable for today's game with a shoulder injury.

The rest of the Ravens inactives are: defensive back Asa Jackson, running back Bobby Rainey, offensive lineman Ramon Harewood, wide receiver Deonte Thompson, tight end Billy Bajema, defensive end Pernell McPhee and defensive tackle Bryan Hall.

Inactives for the Browns are: defensive back Demetri Patterson, running back Brandon Jackson, safety Tashaun Gipson, full back Owen Marecic, defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin, offensive lineman Jarrod Shaw and wide receiver Josh Cooper.

Defensive tackle Phil Taylor, a second-year player out of Baylor, will come off the PUP list this week and start. Tight end Alex Smith is also active this week. He will start at full back for the Browns.


Massaquoi likely to play vs. Ravens

Fourth-year wideout Mohamed Massaquoi will return to the field Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens after spending the previous six weeks nursing an injured hamstring.


Dimitri Patterson out, Ahytba Rubin doubtful

Cleveland will be without Dimitri Patterson on Sunday.


Phil Taylor activated, Ronnie Cameron promoted

In his rookie season in 2011, Taylor started in all 16 games for the Browns and recorded four sacks and 59 tackles.


Haden eager for shot vs. Ravens

Browns' cornerback Joe Haden believes he can make a difference against the Ravens.


Browns name Skrine 4th captain vs. Ravens

Cleveland Browns cornerback Buster Skrine has been tabbed as one of the team's captains for its upcoming game against the Baltimore Ravens.


Browns' Massaquoi nearing return from injury

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi is close to a return after missing five weeks with a hamstring injury.


Browns' Richardson looks up to Ravens' Rice

Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson and Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice share a mutual admiration for each other.


Ravens game a possible 'turning point' for Browns?

The Cleveland Browns have not beaten the Ravens in five years, but a Week 9 win would be a huge boost to a coach trying to save his job, and in the progression of a young team.


Trent Richardson praised by Ravens

A number of top Baltimore defenders talked about being impressed with the play of rookie tailback Trent Richardson so far in 2012.


Browns list 19 players on Thursday injury report

The Cleveland Browns listed 19 players on the injury report, including running back Trent Richardson, who was limited at practice on Thursday due to his injured ribs.


NFL experts say Ravens have an edge on Browns

The Cleveland Browns host the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9, and NFL experts around the web think the Ravens have the edge heading into the matchup.


Browns CB Joe Haden calls Ravens 'beatable'

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden is getting back in the flow of things, and he wasn't afraid to call the Baltimore Ravens a beatable team before Week 9.


Browns DT Phil Taylor says he's 'ready to go'

Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor could return to the lineup very soon. He says he probably won't start on Sunday, but could see the field in limited action.


NFL odds Week 9: Ravens vs. Browns

Baltimore travels to Cleveland as 3.5-point favorites over the Browns.


Alex Smith listed as Browns' starting fullback

Longtime tight end Alex Smith has replaced Owen Marecic as the Cleveland Browns' starting fullback on their official depth chart.

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