Nov 30, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiverTravis Benjamin
(11) makes a catch for a touchdown from quarterback Austin Davis (not pictured) in the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Ravens won 33-27. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
The Loss By The Numbers
1: Number of field goals missed by Travis Coons. It’s a shame, too, because that miss is a block that will be talked about over and over this week in Cleveland for all of the wrong reasons. Leading to the next number…
2: Number of special teams touchdowns for the Ravens. A Kaelin Clay punt return score and the Will Allen blocked field goal return gave the Ravens two special teams touchdowns that were absolutely the difference in this game. Take away those 13 points, and the Browns win 27-20.
63: The number of rushing yards for the Browns on the night, well below their season average of around 75 yards per game. After the Lions ran for 108 yards on Thanksgiving, the Browns will find themselves dead last in the NFL in rushing. It’s no so much the inability to run. It’s been the lack of effort to run that is most baffling. It’s not like there are wide receivers such as A.J. Green or Antonio Brown on the roster to justify that kind of offensive imbalance.
9:42: That’s the Browns time of possession in the second half. It’s a miracle it was as close as it was with the offense unable to do much until Austin Davis connected with wide receiver Travis Benjamin for a 42 yard touchdown late in the fourth. It doesn’t help but throw more fuel on the fiery debate about Manziel, which is sure to rage through the end of the season.
0: Sacks by the Browns defense. The Ravens are missing both weapons and offensive lineman and still there is no pass rush to speak of. If the Browns can’t do it against a banged up unit, there’s no way this team can do it against better, healthier groups.