Ravens rout win­less Browns 28-7

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BAL­TI­MORE: The Bal­ti­more Ravens gained sole pos­ses­sion of first place in the AFC North at the ex­pense of the win­less Cleve­land Browns, who reached an his­toric low point in fran­chise his­tory. Joe Flacco threw three touch­down passes, and the Ravens used a strong sec­ond half to notch a 28-7 vic­tory Thurs­day night. Bal­ti­more trailed at half­time be­fore gain­ing con­trol dur­ing a third quar­ter in which Flacco went 10 for 12 with two scores.

The Ravens (5-4) have won two in a row fol­low­ing a four-game los­ing streak. Bal­ti­more is the only team in the divi­sion above .500. Cleve­land has opened a sea­son with 10 con­sec­u­tive losses for the first time since join­ing the NFL in 1950. The Browns have dropped 11 straight on the road since win­ning in Bal­ti­more in Oc­to­ber 2015. The de­feat left Cleve­land’s all-time record at 461-461-10. The Browns have never been be­low .500. Down 76 at half­time, the Ravens moved 64 yards on their first pos­ses­sion of the third quar­ter to take a 13-7 lead. Flacco con­nected with five dif­fer­ent re­ceivers on the drive, clos­ing with a 4-yard touch­down pass to Dar­ren Waller.

Browns coach Hue Jack­son then opted to insert Josh McCown at quar­ter­back af­ter watch­ing starter Cody Kessler go 10 for 17 for 94 yards. McCown’s sec­ond pass was in­ter­cepted, giv­ing Bal­ti­more the ball at the Cleve­land 40 with a chance to break the game open. The Ravens moved to the 15 be­fore Flacco heaved an ill-ad­vised throw into the end zone that was picked off by Joe Haden. Bal­ti­more’s next drive, how­ever, was run on a short field. Af­ter a 32-yard punt gave the Ravens the ball at the Cleve­land 43, Flacco threw an 11-yard touch­down pass to Steve Smith, and a 2 point con­ver­sion made it 21-7.

A 27-yard touch­down throw to Bre­shad Per­ri­man sealed it with 6:21 re­main­ing and marked the 10th straight game in which the Browns yielded at least 25 points. Flacco went 30 for 41 for 296 yards and two in­ter­cep­tions. McCown went 6 for 13 for 59 yards. He was picked off twice and lost a fum­ble when hit by Ter­rell Suggs, who was play­ing with a torn bi­ceps. “Adren­a­line. Adren­a­line was work­ing tonight,” Suggs said. Jack­son said Kessler will start the Browns’ next game, at home against Pittsburgh on Nov. 20. The first time these teams played this sea­son, the Ravens had to rally from 20 points down to pull out for a 25-20 win. Bal­ti­more needed an­other come­back in this one, though the deficit wasn’t nearly as im­pos­ing.

Af­ter their first three series pro­duced two punts and an in­ter­cep­tion , the Ravens gained pos­ses­sion at the Cleve­land 48 fol­low­ing a punt and used a 25-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead. Kessler fol­lowed with a 25yard touch­down pass to tight end Seth DeValve, and at that point the Browns looked very lit­tle like a team that hadn’t won a game in 11 months.

Not even close

It was the first time this sea­son that the Ravens had a game de­cided by more than eight points. It was their most lop­sided vic­tory since a 20-10 win over Cleve­land on Dec 28, 2014.

Up next

Browns: Host the Steel­ers, the first meet­ing of the sea­son be­tween the AFC North ri­vals. Ravens: Travel to Dal­las on Nov 20 to face the Cow­boys, a team they’re 4-0 against since the series be­gan in 2000.

MARY­LAND: Wide re­ceiver Ka­mar Aiken #11 of the Bal­ti­more Ravens is tack­led by cor­ner­back Tra­mon Wil­liams #22 of the Cleve­land Browns in the first quar­ter at M&T Bank Sta­dium on Novem­ber 10, 2016. — AFP

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