11:24 p.m.-SECOND-HALF SURGE LEADS BALTIMORE RAVENS PAST CLEVELAND BROWNS
Different venue, same result for the Cleveland Browns against the Baltimore Ravens.
After scoring 25 straight points to claim the first meeting in Cleveland, the Ravens scored 25 unanswered over the final 31 minutes of play and earned a 28-7 win over the Browns in a Thursday Night Football game in the AFC North Division at M&T Bank Stadium.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco completed 30 of his 41 attempts for 296 yards and three touchdowns, all of which came after halftime. Flacco did not remain locked on one target throughout the game, as nine players had at least one reception, led by the six caught by tight end Dennis Pitta and the five each from wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. and running back Kenneth Dixon.
The Browns played three different quarterbacks in the game, and rookie Cody Kessler engineered a touchdown drive in the first half. However, after a stagnant start to the third quarter, the Browns went to veteran Josh McCown, but he threw a pair of interceptions in relief.
Running the football, the Browns once again were doubled up by one player, as former Cleveland rusher Terrance West totaled 65 yards on 21 carries. Conversely, the Browns rushed for just 30 yards on 13 carries.
10:56 p.m.-RAVENS TURN IT INTO A ROUT
The Baltimore Ravens scored their third touchdown of the second half and took a 28-7 lead over the Cleveland Browns on quarterback Joe Flacco’s 27-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Bernard Perriman with 6:21 to play in the fourth quarter.
After running the ball on nine of their first 11 snaps on the 12-play, 90-yard drive, Flacco dropped back to pass and found Perriman in one-on-one coverage down the left sideline. Perriman got Browns defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun turned around and hauled in the touchdown pass while falling to the turf.
The Ravens’ third touchdown of the game was set up by a Browns turnover, as reserve quarterback Josh McCown was intercepted while throwing a pass into the end zone on the previous drive.
10:34 p.m.-RAVENS BUILD ONTO LEAD
The Baltimore Ravens built onto their advantage and took a 21-7 lead over the Cleveland Browns with Joe Flacco’s 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. with 2:05 to play in the third quarter of the AFC North Division matchup at M&T Bank Stadium.
Lined up in the slot on the right side of the formation, Smith, Sr. waggled his way over the middle of the field and hauled in the pass just shy of the goal line. Then, he fought his way through a tackle attempt from Browns safety Ed Reynolds for the touchdown.
The Ravens tacked on a two-point conversion on a pass from Flacco to Ohio native Kyle Juszczyk.
The Browns had an opportunity to get off the field defensively early in the drive, but on third-and-six from the Cleveland 39-yard line, they allowed Flacco to find wide receiver Bernard Perriman for a 25-yard gain.
10:13 p.m.-RAVENS GO BACK IN FRONT ON FLACCO TD PASS
The Baltimore Ravens took a 13-7 lead over the Cleveland Browns on Joe Flacco’s four-yard touchdown pass to tight end Darren Waller with 9:36 to play in the third quarter of their AFC North Division matchup at M&T Bank Stadium.
On third-and-goal, Flacco held onto the ball despite pressure coming from the Browns and delivered the touchdown pass to Waller as he was breaking free along the back line of the end zone for his first scoring reception of the season.
Flacco started the drive with a 20-yard pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace, and followed it with a 12-yard throw to running back Terrance West. Later in the drive, he found wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. for a 12-yard gain.
9:49 p.m.-RAVENS TACK ON LATE FIELD GOAL
The Baltimore Ravens cut the Cleveland Browns’ lead down to one point, 7-6, at halftime with a 40-yard field goal from veteran kicker Justin Tucker as the first-half clock expired on the AFC North Division game at M&T Bank Stadium.
Tucker finished a 12-play, 57-yard drive that was extended by three third-down conversions and an unnecessary roughness penalty on Browns safety Ibraheim Campbell following a 13-yard pass from quarterback Joe Flacco to tight end Dennis Pitta on third and 10 from midfield.
Earlier in the drive, Flacco completed a 14-yard pass to wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. on third-and-12 from the Baltimore 19-yard line. Then, on third-and-two from the 41, Flacco found wide receiver Mike Wallace for a nine-yard gain.
9:21 p.m.-BROWNS ANSWER WITH TOUCHDOWN
The Baltimore Ravens scored first, but the Cleveland Browns had an answer.
Facing a second-and-seven from Baltimore’s 25-yard line, rookie quarterback Cody Kessler stood in the pocket and found first-year tight end Seth DeValve breaking free behind veteran safety Eric Weddle. Kessler put the pass only where DeValve would catch it, and the former college wide receiver hauled in his first NFL touchdown pass.
Earlier in the seven-play, 75-yard drive, Kessler completed a 13-yard pass to wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, Sr., and two plays later, one of his throws drew a defensive pass interference penalty.
9:11 p.m.-RAVENS TAKE 3-0 LEAD OVER BROWNS
The Baltimore Ravens took a 3-0 lead over the Cleveland Browns when kicker Justin Tucker converted a 25-yard field goal attempt with 10:29 to play in the first half of their AFC North Division showdown at M&T Bank Stadium.
Tucker’s kick capped off an eight-play, 41-yard drive and made his 51st consecutive field goal under 40 yards, which is the longest active streak in the National Football League. Tucker last missed from inside 40 yards in Week 16 of the 2013 season.
The Ravens converted two first downs on the drive, one on a 17-yard pass from quarterback Joe Flacco to wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. and also, a 12-yard carry from running back Kenneth Dixon.
9:01 p.m.-BROWNS, RAVENS PLAY SCORELESS FIRST QUARTER
The Cleveland Browns could not pass protect on third down and the Baltimore Ravens turned over the football, which combined for a scoreless first quarter in their AFC North Division game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Although Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco completed six of his eight attempts for 33 yards, he committed a turnover on a deep ball down the right sideline. With less than a minute left in the quarter, Flacco tossed a pass for veteran wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr., but it was overthrown and Browns defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun broke off coverage to lunge for and haul in the interception.
A replay review upheld the turnover but ruled Boddy-Calhoun down at the one rather than in the end zone.
Conversely, Browns quarterback Cody Kessler completed three of his first six throws for 40 yards with a 20-yarder to running back Isaiah Crowell on a broken play outside of the pocket on Cleveland’s lone third-down conversion of the quarter.
8:10 p.m.-GAME PREVIEW
The Cleveland Browns remain the only winless team in the National Football League, but they have a chance to break their franchise-record 12-game losing streak tonight in an AFC North Division clash with the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday Night Football.
Just four days removed from a 35-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the Browns travel to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore to take on a Ravens team that despite their 4-4 record, lead the AFC North Division.
The Ravens made a change at offensive coordinator just over one month into the 2016 regular season, and they are reaping the benefits of that as they sit atop the AFC North Division after a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday.
Since the change, veteran quarterback Joe Flacco has completed 69 of his 122 attempts for 796 yards with one touchdown despite being sacked seven times for 54 lost yards, and has continued to develop a rapport with wide receiver Mike Wallace.
In the last three games, Wallace has turned 18 catches into 341 yards and one touchdown, a 95-yard score in the 21-14 win over his former team in the Steelers. After having just one game of more than 70 yards receiving over the first five weeks, Wallace has gone for 97, 120 and 124 yards in the three games under Mornhinweg.
Although the Browns were close in four of their nine losses this season, including the one to Baltimore in Week Two, they have surrendered 28 or more points in five straight games, and at least 31 in four of the last five outings.
Defensively, the Browns rank near the bottom of the league in several key statistical categories. They have surrendered an average of 30.3 points (31st), 421.7 yards (31st) and 146.4 rushing yards (31st) through the first nine games of the season.