Sep 15, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell (17) prepares to pass as Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (92) pressures during the second half at M

Browns - Ravens: The Morning After... A Defeat


Sep 15, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) drops back to pass against the Cleveland Browns during the first half at M

Sep 15, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) drops back to pass against the Cleveland Browns during the first half at M

The Morning After is our weekly recap of the Browns game from the day prior. For the first two weeks we could re-title this Mourning After. The Browns played poorly on offense, held the defending Super Bowl champs to 14 points and were unable to put the ball in the endzone for a touchdown.

Recap

The first half of the game was ugly on the offensive end (second week in a row this starts our recap) for both teams. The Browns looked to capitalize early, following a Ravens missed 50 yard field goal, as Brandon Weeden hit Tight End Jordan Cameron for a 53 yard reception inside of the 10 yard line. Yet the Browns drive stalled out at the 3 with a overthrow of diminutive Devone Bess on 3rd down leading to a field goal. The Browns would not get closer then the 30 yard line for the rest of the game. The Ravens struggled to find any running room in the first half and were forced to punt on their next 4 possessions. Ravens kicker Justin Tucker bookended those 4 punts with missed field goals of 50 and 44 yards. The Browns also punted on their next 4 possessions but those punts were bookended by 2 made field goals by ex-Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff. Cundiff hit from 21 and 51, with the long one coming near the end of the half to give the Browns a 6 – 0 lead going into halftime, with Cleveland receiving the ball after half.

The second half was the turning point of the game. The Browns punted on their first possession of the second half. The Ravens then led a methodical drive down the field combining short runs and passes leading to a Bernard Pierce 5 yard touchdown run. The Ravens converted 3 third downs through the air, all on underneath routes as the Browns looked to takeaway the deep ball. Ray Rice fumbled on the Ravens next possession but the visiting team was unable to move the ball after starting near midfield. Jordan Cameron came up less then a inch short on a fourth down play to give the ball back to the Ravens. After both teams punted to each other the Ravens again took a methodical, underneath passing drive down the field. This drive included 2 third down conversions on underneath throws to keep the drive going. The drive ended with a 5 yard touchdown pass to Marlon Brown, the 6’5″ rookie wide receiver. The Browns were unable to do much on their next possession and Weeden hurt his thumb on a throw by hitting the helmet of a lineman. Jason Campbell replaced Weeden on the Browns’ last possession and showed why he lost the “competition” to Weeden in the pre-season. Campbell looked out of sorts and uncomfortable in the 5 play “drive”. His lone completion was a underhand toss to Cameron on 4th and 10 that went for 6 yards. Game over.

Factory Player (For the Browns’ Star Player of the Game)

Barkevious Mingo - The defense played great again. Mingo, playing in his first game after a bruised lung, recorded a sack on his first NFL play. He also caused 2 holding penalties with his speed. While Mingo is still working into game shape, and was only on the field for a dozen or so plays his skill set jumped off the page. On a screen pass Mingo rushed from Flacco’s blindside. Rice released for the screen on the opposite side of Mingo. When the ball was released from Flacco’s hand Mingo was in the backfield, near the QB, while Rice was 3 yards past the line of scrimmage. Mingo disengaged from his blocker and chased Rice down the field, tackling him for a total of 7 yard gain. Amazing athleticism shown there.

Sadness Player (For the Browns’ Player who Made Fans Sad)

Brandon Weeden - Other players struggled but Weeden’s play continued from last week. While he may not of had great protection or elite receivers Weeden continued to make mistakes on key moments. In fairness he was not terrible as many are saying but his improvements from last year are minimal. The biggest mistake, which we will cover in detail later today, was his missed swing pass to FB Chris Ogbonnaya that would of most likely led to a touchdown as no one was around or in front of him. Weeden also continues to lock in on his receivers and show little touch on his passes, including the miss to Ogbonnaya. The final issue for Weeden is his unwillingness or inability to “throw his receivers open.” Weeden hasn’t shown the ability to lead his receivers with passes that allow them to catch and run with the ball. Often he locks in on a receiver, another problem, and waits for them to get open instead of throwing leading passes. The Ravens secondary is suspect, as shown by the Denver game, outside of Webb and can be thrown on. Weeden hasn’t shown those improvements.

Later today and early tomorrow we will continue our wrap up of Week 2 and then start to spin it ahead to Week 3.

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  • paulbip

    The OL has given up a league leading 11 sacks. I remember you saying that the line would be the strength of the team. That one sack by Mingo was nice, but I would rather see gaping holes and pass protection throughout the game. Don’t hand me that injury excuse either. When the line gets all the players back, the guards will still be substandard.

    • Jared Mueller

      Paul,

      Good memory. I did believe the line would be the strength. The RG position doesn’t generally impact a line as great as we have seen so far this year. Lack of physical strength, even against good/great defensive lines, is concerning. Injury does play a roll but your right it is bigger then that. Won’t be the first time I or others got one wrong. I am hopeful Mingo is impactful like yesterday over time.

      • paulbip

        What we have now is Schwartz and Mack having to help Cousins while the TE leans in to help Schwartz or the FB stays in to block a pass rusher. The OL is not getting off the line of scrimmage and into the second level. Also, it’s starting to look like Weeden is suffering from D.A. disease. He may not have that special attribute it takes to move a team when things break down. I still think that he is a better QB than what he has shown but time is running out. It also looked like there were more than 4 drops. It looked like Little had four on his own. I had hope for him also but it looks like he’s regressing.

        • Jared Mueller

          I most worry about them not getting off the line of scrimmage. Whats the DA disease? Did seem like more then 4 drops thats for sure. But like baseball its the official scorers decision on those.

          • paulbip

            DA was a recent Browns QB that had a great arm but couldn’t hit em short and couldn’t hit em long. I except the honeymoon to be over with Banner and Lombardy if the Browns lose to Minn. this week. The game looks like a tossup to me even though the browns are getting around 5. I may also get my wish and see Hoyer play. It’s more like , “let’s see what he can do and get that out of the way”.

          • Jared Mueller

            I thought thats what you meant about Anderson but wanted to not assume. Game will be interesting. I have clearly stated my hope for this team this year was 8-8, 9-7 or 1-15 no place in between. Either Weeden is our QB or we need one next year. Who knows we could also sell the #1 pick to say the team drafting #3 to pickup Clowney.

          • paulbip

            I agree. I expected Weeden to work out and win around 7 games, 5 if he busts.

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