If you were thinking the Browns were headed for .500 after going up 27-13 in the third quarter against the Ravens Sunday afternoon, you were not the only one. Playing a prevent defense and then finding themselves in a tie game just a little while later, the Browns 08 season very well may have come to an end Sunday after blowing that two TD lead then losing at home to the Ravens 37-27.
The breakdowns were all over the place. From a rookie QB in Joe Flacco eating them up with two long TD’s, to rookie replacement running back Ray Rice running over the team with a 60-yard run at one point and ending the day with 154 yards, the defense was beat up from top to bottom.
The Browns were outgained 429 to 274, had the ball just 26:15 to 33:45, and after the 14-point lead, were outscored 24-0 to end the game, and probably the season as they fall to 3-5 on the season. If you want ugly, just look at the Browns 4th quarter – 18 plays, 33 yards, one first down. Ouch.
Compare that to the Ravens, who played aggressive enough all afternoon to gain the win, they had two TD’s and a field goal in that final quarter to go along with 19 plays for 120 yards. Game, set, match. So you can start the blame game all you want. From Derek Anderson who was 17-for-33 for 219 yards with two TD’s and a killer INT that was returned for a score to clinch the win for B-More, to the defense that really seemed to have no answers all day.
It was an ugly and frustrating day all the way around, and about the only good thing (if there really is one) is that the team can get right back to work on Monday, as they have a Thursday game vs the 4-4 Denver Broncos. Other than that, it’s a tough night to be a Browns supporter after this debacle.
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