Friday, November 11, 2016

Browns Recap 11.11.16: Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens

By Katelin Marshall, @KatelinKnowsCLE

The Browns fell to 0-10 Thursday night after a loss against the Baltimore Ravens. Which marks their 13th straight loss dating back to last season. Overall, this game fit the script of almost every game this season for the Browns. A competitive first half and then a total collapse in the second half. The Browns used three different quarterbacks this game, which was the first time a team did that since 2011.

The Browns had the lead at the end of the first half 7-6. Cody Kessler played the first half and one drive into the second. Kessler didn't play horribly going 11/18 for 91 yards and a touchdown. But was spelled by Josh McCown to hopefully bring a "spark" to the offense...unfortunately his "spark" lit a fire, and not in a good way. McCown went 6/13 for 59 yards, two interceptions and fumble.

Overall the offense really struggled in this game. Terrelle Pryor was the Browns leading receiver with five catches and 48 yards and Crowell was the Browns leading rusher with 23 yards on nine carries. Because of the lack of an overall offense the Browns couldn't control the time of possession, having the ball for only 21 mins, managing only 11 first downs and 144 total yards in the game. The Browns averaged 3.0 yards per play and were 2/10 on third down.

The only bright spot on offense was rookie Seth DeValve who caught his first career touchdown pass. And that Cody Kessler will be starting next week against the Steelers.

Defensively the Browns were...the Browns. Again like in weeks before they play really well in the first half. The first half only gave up six points in the first half, forced Joe Flacco into an interception, and sacked him twice. But in the second half...things really imploded. With the offense struggling the defense did all it could. They gave up a touchdown on the first drive of the second half but came back and forced another interception in the end zone...but then McCown came in and threw one of his two interceptions.

Joe Flacco had another Joe Flacco game. He went 30/41 for 296 yards three touchdowns and two picks. His leading receiver was 2015 first round pick Breshad Perriman, catching three passes for 64 yards and a touchdown (which went for 27 yards). Steve Smith Sr had five catches for 60 yards and a touchdown. The Ravens running game was really solid rushing for 119 yards on 34 carries. Former Browns running back Terrance West was the Ravens leading rusher with 65 yards on 21 carries.

Mike Wallace had a solid game for the Ravens catching four passes for 59 yards. And all four catches were against Joe Haden. Brein Boddy-Calhoun struggled against all of his match ups. Giving up seven catches and two touchdowns. He did intercept his second pass of this year which is tied for first place among rookies.

Most Valuable Brown

The Co-MVB(s) of this game: Christian Kirksey and Jamie Collins Sr. Kirksey was leading the Browns leading tackler with 13 and Collins was second with nine. Collins had a sack and two tackles for losses. They both also played really well in the run defense.  

The Browns going 0-16 is becoming a real possibility. But just remember that this is exactly what fans wanted and expected. A "tryout" year for many of these young players and having the opportunity to draft any player with the first overall pick. So lets not call for anyone's job just yet. Actually lets not call of anyone's job for another two years or so because...well...who else are the Browns going to get Coach this team.

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