Amidst the rains in Cleveland, the Baltimore Ravens came to town and chose to run the football. The Browns didn't stop them. Ray Rice had a career-best 29 carries for 204 yards and 1 touchdown. His backup, Ricky Williams, wasn't too bad either, having 16 carries for 76 yards and 1 touchdown. Baltimore dominated the time of possession, especially in the first half.
Offensively, it was ugly for the Browns. Receivers dropped passes early on, Colt McCoy made terrible decisions after the first drive, and Pat Shurmur didn't seem to adjust his playcalling to do anything that would confuse the Ravens' defense.
There were a few competent players who stood out in this game. On offense, running back Peyton Hillis ran the ball very well. He finished the game with 12 carries for 45 yards, and if they would've stayed committed to him, I think he would've gone for over 100 yards. For some reason, despite it only being a 10-point Raven lead for much of the second half, the Browns completely abandoned the running game. Hillis had a huge reception to set up the Browns' first score, leading to a field goal to make it 10-3. Right after that, Rice had a big run of his own to lead to a Ravens touchdown, giving them a 17-3 lead. A punt return in the fourth quarter made it 24-3 Ravens, and a "garbage" time touchdown by Evan Moore made it 24-10 Baltimore.
Defensively, Jabaal Sheard played his tail off again, forcing a fumble and trying to disrupt the backfield of the Ravens. Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson also played well.
It is a very short week for the Browns, as they will head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers this Thursday night.