The Cleveland Browns got the ball to begin the game, and QB Josh McCown proved what a lightning bolt he can be for the offense! He completed passes on three consecutive third downs, the last of which was a 31-yard touchdown strike under pressure to WR Corey Coleman, giving Cleveland an early 7-0 lead.
Devin Hester had a big kickoff return for the Ravens, but Cleveland’s defense held tight, including some third-down pressure by new DE Tyrone Holmes, to force a punt. On Cleveland’s first play of their next offensive drive, RB Isaiah Crowell took it straight up the middle for a dazzling 85-yard touchdown run, the longest of his career! Cleveland took a 14-0 lead mid-way through the first quarter.
On the second play of the Ravens’ next drive, CB Joe Haden picked off QB Joe Flacco, setting the Browns up with great starting field position. McCown then capitalized with his second touchdown pass of the game to Coleman, this time an 11-yard wide receiver screen pass to go up 20-0! Unfortunately, the extra point attempt was blocked and returned all the way for a safety, making it a 20-2 game.
McCown hurt his left shoulder on the previous drive after taking a couple of hits, and QB Cody Kessler began warming up. The Ravens have the ball on a fourth down in field goal range as we head to the second quarter of play.
Game: Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
Date/Time: Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM ET
Television: CBS - Carter Blackburn & Chris Simms
Local Radio: ESPN 850 WKNR, 92.3 The Fan, 98.5 FM WNCX