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Better, but not enough as Browns lose 24-17 in Baltimore

The Browns can walk out of Baltimore with their head held up high, but nevertheless, the results for the Brown and Orange are what they are – 0-3.

This after the team fell to the Ravens 24-17 Sunday in a game where once again they had the lead in the second half, this time in the fourth quarter before Joe Flacco and his favorite wide out, Anquan Boldin, did them in.

Boldin rocked the Browns all day, catching eight passes for 142 yards in a sensational performance. The final TD was a 27-yard grab that made it 21-17 Ravens with 9:13 left.

The Browns offense, which had been awful the first two weeks in the second half, did put up yards, but were unable to put a drive together to answer the Ravens last TD.

Forced to punt from their own end zone, the Ravens were able to drive down enough to hang a three-spot on late when Billy Cundiff nailed a 49-yard kick with 5:29 left to make it 24-17.

The Browns gained 8 yards on their next drive, but instead of going for it on 4th-and-2 from their own 28, they punted hoping to hold the Ravens and get the ball back.

It didn’t happen.

Baltimore killed the last 3:49 with two first downs to run out the clock and take home the 7-point win.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco went 22 for 31 for 262 yards with out an interception. He had six turnovers in his first two games. Boldin caught TD passes of 8, 12 and 27 yards.

Peyton Hillis was the playmaker for the Browns, going for a career-high 144 yards and a touchdown for the Browns on 22 carries. He scored right before the half to make it 14-10.

Wallace was 18-for-24 for 141 yards with a TD to TE Ben Watson to give the Browns the 17-14 lead six seconds into the fourth quarter.

Now at 0-3, the Browns will look to take some of the good things out of the loss and come home to take on the Bengals, who are 2-1 after a win Sunday in Carolina over the Panthers.

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3 Responses to “Better, but not enough as Browns lose 24-17 in Baltimore”

  1. Brian Mac says:

    Am I the only one that thinks Wright isn’t getting it done.

    Wright was always late or several steps behind all day!!!

  2. Dan says:

    I have to give Ryan some of the criticism too. How many times does he need to sit and watch Wright get burned, and look like he’s asleep on the field before he replaces him? Ryan sucked as a coach yesterday, Mantard didn’t look any better either. Daboll called a better than normal game. I was shocked. I think it’s all a set up for Coach Holmgren

  3. Denolakes says:

    No question, if this continues — as it most likely will — there are going to be coaching changes. The head coach has to be able to recognize lack of coaching performance and correct it at the time the game is occurring — the only true point of power, I should think. If a player is having an off day, then get him out. I do not see how letting him repeatedly get burned and be largely responsible for a losing effort is any more a confidence killer than removing them from play.

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