The game plan was a simple one for the Ravens on Sunday – and it worked about as well as any against the Browns this season.
It sounded like a broken record time after time Sunday – “Ray Rice the ball carrier, Ray Rice the ball carrier, Ray Rice…,” you get the point.
Rice was the workhorse back for the Ravens Sunday, and it paid off with a 24-10 win over the Browns that pushed the Ravens to 9-3, dropping the Browns to 4-8.
It was all Rice all the time, as he ran for 204 yards on 29 carries with a touchdown. He averaged seven yards per carry, and had a number of long runs, the longest of the day being a 67-yard scamper.
Joe Flacco wasn’t asked to do much for Baltimore, but he was good enough. On the night with rain falling he went 10-for-23 for 158 yards with no picks and no TD’s.
Ravens punt returner Lardarius Webb put the game out of reach as if there was any question with 6:58 left when he raced through the Browns special teams 68 yards for a touchdown to make it a three touchdown lead.
The Browns offense, even with Ray Lewis out, was no match whatsoever for the Ravens defense, that held them to 11 first downs, and 233 yards on the day. The Ravens offense put up 437 yards on the Browns.
Colt McCoy, who was beat up and left at one point with a knee injury, went 17-for-35 for 192 yards with a pick and a late TD to Evan Moore. He was also sacked 3 times and his QB rating was 63.0.
Peyton Hillis was the main back for the Browns, as Montario Hardesty never did take the field on Sunday. Hillis ran the ball 12 times for 45 yards. He also had a long catch for 52 yards that set up the only Browns points of the day.
The Browns touchdown drive took place after the Ravens made it 24-3, as they drove down the field and scored on a McCoy to Moore 22-yard score with 4:22 left. It was a 10-play drive that went 73 yards and took 2:36 off the clock.
The Ravens gave the Browns fans some hope early in the game, as they were stuffed on a 4th-and-1 early in the game, and Baltimore kicker Billy Cundiff missed two field goals that allowed the Browns to trail just 10-0 at the half.
Cleveland though was never really in the game, as they had six possessions in the first half, and put up just 68 yards in those possessions.
The Browns will have a short week, as they head to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for a Thursday night matchup with the 9-3 Steelers.
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