The Baltimore Ravens don’t lose at home – they just don’t. So when the Cleveland Browns came to town 10 days after the Ravens suffered a huge loss to the Denver Broncos, you knew how this one was going to go.
Things began to take a strange turn minutes before the game started when Joe Flacco was notified his wife gave birth to a healthy boy. Of course Flacco had some unfinished business to take care of before leaving to be with his family. The Ravens were looking to avoid a 0-2 start for the first time in the Harbaugh/Flacco era. They would do just that as the Ravens (1-1) defeated the Browns (0-2) by a score of 14-6.
The Ravens went back to their roots with a pretty ferocious defense throughout the entire game. The defense sacked Brandon Weeden a whopping 5 times including 12 quarterback hits. That type of pressure is exactly the type of play the Ravens were hoping for when they acquired Elvis Dumervil to play opposite of Terrell Suggs.
“I think that it’s a combination of just the guys we’ve got doing it,” stated Suggs after the game. “We’ve got a lot of guys that are getting after the quarterback and that’s a good thing. Daryl Smith even decided to get in on it. He even had two sacks, too. That’s the mentality we said we’re going to have. We’re going to stop the run; we’re going to get after them on the pass. We did that.”
They made it look surprisingly easy as they held Trent Richardson to 58 yards rushing. On the offensive side of the ball, the struggles continued for Flacco and company. There were a couple of pivotal drops which included a would be touchdown pass to Marlon Brown. The rookie receiver more than made up for it when he scored the go ahead touchdown that sealed the game in the fourth quarter.
“To be honest, I have a good mind set – just a simple mindset,” Marlon Brown told reporters after the game. “Every week I go out there and just try to get better.”
That mindset has paid huge dividends for the Ravens with the recent struggles they’ve had on the offensive side of the ball. The struggles may continue with Ray Rice possibly out of action for the foreseeable future. Rice fell to the turf untouched with an apparent hip injury. The Ravens do however remain optimistic that his injury isn't very serious.
Baltimore will now turn their attention to the Houston Texans (2-0) as former Raven Ed Reed returns to the town that drafted him out of Miami.