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Browns vs. Ravens: Cleveland falls to 0-4 after 7-point loss in Baltimore

The Browns made it close, with the game coming down to the final play, but dropped balls and costly mistakes resulted in their fourth straight loss to open the season.

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The Browns have showed some progress, but have yet to deliver for their fans. Ryan Alton examines the torment of another winless month.


Phil Dawson ties NFL record for FGs of 50+ yards

The Cleveland Browns (0-4) suffered through another disappointing game on Thursday night, but it's hard to blame kicker Phil Dawson for anything that happened during the 23-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Dawson tied an NFL single-game record by converting three field goal attempts from 50 yard or longer during the contest. He hit a 51-yard kick during the second quarter, a 50-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, and finally, from 52 yards late in the fourth quarter to bring the Browns within a touchdown.

Dawson, who is now a perfect 8-8 on field goals this season, joined six other kickers who have accomplished that same feat. The 37-year-old kicker has played his entire career with the Browns, and over the last two seasons he has increased his range to hit more attempts from 50-plus yards than ever before. During his first 12 NFL season, Dawson hit 10 field goals from beyond 50 yards. From the beginning of the 2011 season through Thursday night's game, he has connected on 11 of 12 such kicks.


Browns SS T.J. Ward left Ravens game wearing cast

Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward was spotted wearing a cast after the team's 23-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens Thursday night.


Josh Cribbs suffered concussion on Thursday night

Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur confirmed that return man Joshua Cribbs left Thursday night's game with a concussion after taking a big hit on a punt return with 5:07 remaining in the first quarter. The Browns lost 23-16 to the Baltimore Ravens.

Cribbs crumpled between two Ravens players, lost his helmet, took an additional blow on the turf when his head whipped to the ground and he fumbled on the play.

Shurmur added that the team just has to wait and see where Cribbs is at in his recovery going forward, which is a vague response that makes perfect sense in light of the NFL's new concussion policy and the emphasis on player safety in any situation of suspected head trauma.

Cribbs has been a small part of the offense so far in 2012, catching just four passes for a total of 39 yards, but his bigger contributions have come by being a return threat on punts and kicks in the special-teams phase.

He has returned 11 punts for 144 yards and 12 kickoffs for 341 yards over the first four games of the season.

Here is a look at how Cribbs suffered his concussion on Thursday night:



Josh Cribbs suffers head injury against Ravens

Josh Cribbs took a hit to the head and then hit his head on the turf in the first quarter against the Ravens Thursday.


Can Browns DBs stop Ravens WR Torrey Smith?

The Cleveland Browns have been trying to make the best of a bad situation while star cornerback Joe Haden fulfills his four-game suspension, but the secondary will face a tough test on Thursday Night Football against Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens' offense. The biggest surprise from the Ravens has been the emergence of Torrey Smith as a legitimate top option in the offense. Smith's speed has allowed Flacco to stretch opposing defenses with down field throws, and that duo has already connected on 10 passes for a whopping 235 yards and two touchdowns. Smith has posted a gaudy 23.5 yards-per-reception average through the first three games, which is the second-highest average in the NFL.

SB Nation's Browns blog, Dawgs By Nature, has a great breakdown of the challenges that Cleveland's secondary will face on Thursday. Here is a small taste of that story:

It's not an excuse, but Haden's absence is still a factor worth acknowledging. Without his presence shutting down opposing No. 1 targets, the Browns' secondary has had some serious struggles in the last two games. After being pushed into a major role, Dimitri Patterson has been inadequate, despite fantastic individual coverage last season. He and the rest of the secondary need to tighten up for a chance to compete against Baltimore's talented, fast-paced offense.

The Browns and Ravens will play at 8:20 p.m. ET on the NFL Network.


Trent Richardson ready to Ray Lewis

Trent Richardson hasn't had the greatest start to his NFL career, but there's no cause for concern just three games into the 2012 season. Thus far, he's had one very solid outing and two that can easily be marked as "needs improvement." Still, his toughest matchup thus far is just ahead of him: Thursday Night Football against the Baltimore Ravens.

The very same Baltimore Ravens that feature a very big and very good linebacker who makes his living on Newton's laws of motion. When a running back is running for positive yardage in Lewis' direction, he makes it a point to push them back in the opposite direction. It's been his job for 15-plus years now and the consensus seems to be that he's not half bad at it.

Richardson isn't shying away from the challenge though, as noted by

"Why would you stand down for any man? Not to be cocky or talking mess, but if you're an athlete or you're a competitor, why would you stand down for anybody? I know Ray Lewis going to come at me, and I'm going to come right back at him."

For the Browns, their biggest job will actually be getting Richardson to Lewis. One of the biggest keys they've talked about thus far is having less action at the line of scrimmage and getting Richardson into that second level. While they'd like to seal off Lewis whenever possible, most of the time the best thing they can do is ensure Richardson only has to deal with one player. It just so happens that Lewis is likely to be that one player and that he's really good. It will be an early test for the young rookie, but he certainly seems pumped for the challenge.


NFL announces referee crew for Browns vs. Ravens

Regular NFL officials will return to the field on Thursday night for the Week 4 matchup between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, much to the delight of fans and players everywhere.


Browns WR Mohamed Massaquoi out vs. Ravens

The Cleveland Browns will be without WR Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring), TE Alex Smith (concussion) and LB James-Michael Johnson (ribs) for their Week 4 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. Massaquoi and Smith did not practice on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and were listed as out on the most recent injury report from the team, while Johnson engaged in limited participation on all three days but will not play on Thursday night.

The Browns already own the No. 23 passing offense in the NFL, so a week without the team's leading receiver could spell trouble for Brandon Weeden. Massaquoi has been a favorite target for the rookie QB so far this season, as he leads the team in targets (18) and receiving yards (145 yards on nine catches). The Ravens have allowed opponents to pass for an average of 289.7 yards per game in 2012, but the defense has gone against high-powered offenses like the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots. Ed Reed and Ray Lewis could be in for a much better day when the teams meet on Thursday night in prime time, at 8:20 p.m. ET on the NFL Network.


Ravens vs. Browns: Experts weigh in with picks

Not surprisingly, most NFL experts believe that the Baltimore Ravens will beat the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.


Mohamed Massaquoi's status still up in the air

The Cleveland Browns are hopeful that injured wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi will be available for Thursday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens, but his status is still unknown. Massaquoi left last Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills after injuring his hamstring in the first half.

Cleveland offensive coordinator Brad Childress told reporters on Tuesday that he's not "anticipating" Massaqoui missing the game, but that "there's not much time" for him to recover from his injury. Massaquoi is the team's second leading receiver on the season with nine catches for 145 yards.

His time in Cleveland has been marked by injuries, and the Browns will need all the help they can get in order to upset Baltimore on Thursday. In two games against Baltimore in 2011, Massquoi caught only three passes for 24 yards, one of which went for a first down. In his career against Baltimore, Massaquoi has seven catches for 81 yards in six games.

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