April 21, 2014

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Browns vs. Ravens: Extras, matchups


PLAYER OF THE GAME

Kellen Winslow, Browns tight end
His contribution was much larger than the four catches for 96 yards. He didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday with a partially dislocated shoulder, but he wasn’t going to miss a meeting with the Ravens. His presence and competitiveness energized the entire team.
He had a 25-yard catch-and-run down the sideline and a career-long 49-yarder down the middle. He was upset that he was stopped short of the end zone, but the plays led to 10 points and showed everyone in the stadium that he could take a hit and fall on his shoulder and stay in the game.

GOAT OF THE GAME

Brian Billick, Ravens coach
Despite the Browns’ pitiful run defense, he opened the game with six passes in the first eight plays, the last of which was an interception that was immediately followed by a
78-yard touchdown pass from Derek Anderson to Braylon Edwards.
Billick was also too late to challenge a Jamal Lewis touchdown dive that appeared to be short of the goal line. Billick was at fault, but he put the blame on the officials.

PLAY OF THE GAME

The Browns were up 17-3 in the second quarter and had just recovered a fumble on a kickoff. After two runs and an incompletion, Phil Dawson missed a 42-yard field goal wide left. But Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister was offside, giving the Browns a first down.
The Browns took advantage, with Jamal Lewis getting a 1-yard touchdown plunge against his former team for a 24-3 lead.

STAT OF THE GAME

26-12

The Ravens’ advantage in first downs. The difference came via the pass, with Baltimore holding a 19-6 edge. The Ravens also outgained the Browns 418-303, but it didn’t matter.

QUOTE OF THE GAME


“I’m a part of Ohio. This is where I play football, this is the city I’ve adopted and that’s adopted me. I don’t believe it just pertains to Ohio State. Cleveland is in Ohio.” — Browns receiver and Michigan alumnus Braylon Edwards, who did the O-H-I-O chant during a timeout.

MATCHUPS

Quarterback
Derek Anderson threw his obligatory interception and had another one dropped, but he made enough big plays. Steve McNair is old, but gritty.
Edge: Browns
Running back
Jamal Lewis got a touchdown and the Browns totaled 99 yards rushing. Willie McGahee averaged 7.4 yards for a total of 104.
Edge: Even
Receivers/tight ends
Kellen Winslow showed guts, Braylon Edwards showed speed, Joe Jurevicius showed hands. Opposing tight ends continue to have big days.
Edge: Even
Offensive line
No sacks for the Ravens. That’s not a misprint — and it’s more than enough to earn the nod.
Edge: Browns
Defensive line
Robaire Smith and Simon Fraser tipped passes, and Shaun Smith had five tackles in place of Orpheus Roye. Baltimore’s Haloti Ngata had one tackle.
Edge: Browns
Linebackers
Willie McGinest made a huge difference, even though he was only credited with an assist. Bart Scott made a much bigger impact for Baltimore than Ray Lewis did.
Edge: Browns
Secondary
Leigh Bodden had an interception and two passes defensed, and the secondary prevented the big play. Chris McAlister was burned for Edwards’ 78-yard touchdown.
Edge: Browns
Special teams
Joshua Cribbs’ opening return to the 45-yard line set the tone. Darnell Dinkins caused a Raven fumble. Matt Stover missed two field goals.
Edge: Browns
Coaching
Brian Billick called too many passes early and was late challenging a touchdown. Romeo Crennel has doubled his win total inside the division this year.
Edge: Browns