Browns prepared to take on stingy Ravens defense

Ruben Hill
December 14, 2017

Past year at FirstEnergy Stadium, the Ravens fell behind by 20 points in the first quarter before rallying to win. Ed Reed, nine out of 10 times, he's right. A [64-yard] slant to the crib. It was one of two turnovers that prevented him from having the "complete game" he's striving to notch before the end of his rookie season. That, and not avoiding the ignominy of being the first team in 2017 to lose to the Browns is the team's sole focus, the Ravens said Wednesday. "So, he's been a difference maker for us and it's been really good", said Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh. "It's a very tough package". We need to play our best game. The Browns host Baltimore this week before concluding the season with road games at Chicago and Pittsburgh.

Every year brings the same refrain for the Browns.

The defense had allowed the Green Bay Packers just seven points through three quarters.

"It's frustrating, but at the same time, we know that each week is a new opportunity". Coach Hue Jackson called for a bunch formation left, which left Josh Gordon one-on-one with Damarious Randall outside. Every week presents a different challenge. Haslam said last week that the Browns "are not going to be successful until we get a quarterback. We don't know when it's going to break through, but we know at some point and time we will". The fact that they hadn't during Brown's tenure is the No. 1 reason why Brown was replaced by Dorsey. He's made plays in the passing game.

While those numbers perfectly capture a downtrodden franchise, they're not particularly pertinent to the Ravens. "We have enough at stake where I don't think that particular term will apply". "Hopefully, I can turn that into some wins for us". "Obviously, when you start tasting a little victory throughout the game, you start riding that and you start remembering all of the things that go into winning, and how it all is about getting toward that win. Losing is not an option".

Kizer looked to Gordon, saw he was wrapped up by Randall - the Browns wondered if Gordon was held; Gordon was not in the locker room to talk to the media - and rolled right.

The Browns have lost twice this season in overtime and by 3 points 4 times after trying to overcome significant early deficits.

Ravens players were off Monday before returning to the team facility Tuesday for workouts and meetings.

The Browns did themselves in during this loss with mistake after mistake after mistake.

"It was outstanding", Jackson, who thanked the grounds crew for their efforts in clearing and heating one of the 3 practice fields so they could work outside, said. "They play hard, and I like a team that plays hard".

Cleveland is three losses from matching the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams to go 0-16. They expect another hard-fought, close game Sunday regardless of Cleveland's record.

"You do not want to come in here and be the guy that blows everything up automatically", Dorsey said "You just can't do that".

"You feel that if they make that play, you are going to come off and you are going to be rewarded for all the work that you put in", Kizer said. "We have a lot at stake right now, so we're really just anxious about winning the football game".

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