Browns look for first win of season against Ravens

Paola Ditto
Dicembre 18, 2017

The game was close for the first half, despite the Browns finishing the first quarter with zero yards of offense and minus-12 passing yards from quarterback DeShone Kizer.

Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens is seen in the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Defense kept the Browns in the game in the first half, but the Ravens still led 17-10 at intermission. Punter Sam Koch pinned the Browns inside the 5-yard line for the third time in the game. It was an impressive and important rebound after their painful, last-minute loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers a week ago, and it keeps a playoff spot firmly within the Ravens' grasp with two games remaining.

Joe Flacco does that so often against the Browns.

Kizer is responsible for 25 of the Browns' 36 turnovers this season. Ben Watson caught a 33-yard TD pass. Tight end Nick Boyle couldn't make a hard catch on the right side of the end zone on second down. The Ravens left Flacco and Collins exposed by playing them late in the game. Collins was stuffed for no yards on third-and-goal from the 1. Somehow the Browns only found themselves trailing 3-0 in the second quarter and actually took the lead when running back Duke Johnson scampered 12 yards for a touchdown. The Ravens had five takeaways in a 24-10 victory over the Browns in the second game of the season. Maybe because Joe Schobert was a full five yards deep in the end zone when Flacco started running, leaving the Browns linebacker no chance at getting to the goal line in time to make a play.

Baltimore promptly responded with a 75-yard touchdown drive, a possession that was jump-started by a 30-yard Wallace catch and punctuated by a Flacco touchdown run. The Ravens finally were able to find the end zone as Flacco kept the ball on third-and-goal from the 2 and went untouched as he crossed the end zone.

Leading 10-7, the Ravens forced another turnover as Johnson coughed the ball up when sandwiched by C.J. Mosley and Tony Jefferson after a 9-yard completion.

Things pretty much fell apart for the Browns once they took that 7-3 lead.

The Ravens were driving down the field and looked poised to increase their lead.

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