completed only 12 of 19 passes for 102 yards, but he was effective and was impressive in making plays outside the pocket. The touchdown passes to
were beauties, but Flacco missed
twice for two touchdowns.
Starting tailback Ray Rice had 92 yards on 25 carries but never took over this game as a runner or receiver. There were times he missed some cutback lanes to the backside. Fullback
had two rushes for 19 yards, and he accelerated well through his cuts.
For most of the game, the
got good initial pops but needed to hold blocks a split second or longer. The run blocking was good, but the
had trouble pass blocking, particularly right tackle Marshal Yanda. Reserve tackle Tony Moll has to do a better job at the point of attack as the tight end in the short-yardage package.
Mason is a Browns killer, and they have no one on their roster who can match up with him. Houshmandzadeh had four catches for 32 yards, and Boldin had two for 15, but was open other times when Flacco failed to get him the ball.
The Ravens were determined to shut down Cleveland's running game, and Browns halfback Peyton Hillis had only 35 yards on 12 carries. Tackles
were stellar up front, but maybe the most improved player from the start of the season has been end Cory Redding, who finished with five tackles.
In the past two weeks, Jameel McClain has been the team's best inside linebacker, and Dannell Ellerbe had turned in two strong efforts as well. McClain finished with seven tackles, and one fumble recovery, and Ellerbe had four. Outside linebacker
turned in a very strong performance.
The Ravens had three interceptions, but they weren't great plays. The Ravens held their ground, and played a steady game, but the Browns dropped quite a few passes. Cleveland quarterback
was very generous to the Ravens secondary, and safety
should take him out to dinner.
kicked two field goals into shifting and strong winds. Sam Koch averaged 45.7 yards on three punts and had one inside the 20. The Ravens contained Josh Cribbs on punt returns, but allowed an average of 25.2 on five kickoff returns. Linebacker Prescott Burgess had three special teams tackles.