Joe Flacco did what it took to win the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, but he didn’t erase concerns about the health of his back. He was out of rhythm on his few longer throws and struggled to get his wide receivers involved. Take away Jeremy Maclin’s 48-yard touchdown and the team’s three top receivers — Maclin, Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman — had three receptions for 21 yards. Expect the Ravens to take a few more shots downfield against Cleveland. |
Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer performed about as well as the Browns could have hoped against the Pittsburgh Steelers, throwing for 222 yards and a touchdown and running for a score. He can make all the throws, and his legs add a dimension, but the Browns want him to make quicker decisions and give what should be a good offensive line a chance. Second-year wide receiver Corey Coleman is coming on. Wideout Kenny Britt had a brutal debut with the team last week.