The Cleveland Browns finished the first half of their 2012 schedule with Sunday’s 25-15 loss to the AFC North Division-leading Baltimore Ravens (6-2) at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
The Browns (2-7) will have their bye week this Sunday before heading to Dallas for an inter-conference showdown at Cowboys Stadium on Nov. 18. Between now and then, veteran middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson wants the team to focus on one thing.
“I told guys, ‘Just think about football. Think about how we want this season to end. We have a chance. We’re right in ballgames. Let’s stop talking about it and actually do it,’” Jackson said.
Rookie running back
“It hurts a lot to lose this game,” Richardson said. “It was close and it’s the last time we get to play Baltimore this year, unless we get to see them in the playoffs. This game here meant a lot and to come from a 14-0, we were fighting. One thing I can say is we’re getting better and trying to finish strong.
“We’ve got to go in tomorrow and game plan for Dallas. I know that’s two weeks from now, but we’ve got a week off. We’ve got to have it in our heads while we’re at home or wherever we’re at, that we’ve got Dallas to play for and we’ve got to go out there and do everything we can. We’ve got to make sure we get better every day while we’re sitting at home, resting our bodies.”
The Ravens got a quick start to Sunday’s game and were up 14-0 after their first two possessions.
Running back Ray Rice opened the scoring with an eight-yard touchdown run that gave the Ravens a 7-0 lead over the Browns at the 8:32 mark of the first quarter.
Rice served as a catalyst on the 10-play, 70-yard drive that took 5:25 off the first-quarter clock. He ran for 32 yards and the touchdown on six carries, while quarterback Joe Flacco completed all four of his pass attempts for 38 yards. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin caught three of Flacco’s passes and gained 30 yards.
Baltimore running back Bernard Pierce rushed for a 12-yard touchdown and gave the Ravens a 14-0 lead over the Browns with one second remaining in the first quarter. Pierce took a pitch out from Flacco on third-and-one, turned the corner around left tackle and tiptoed his way up the sideline before crossing the goal line.
Baltimore held the ball for 12:17 in the first quarter.
“We were in this game to the end,” kicker
“We lost a game today against a division opponent at home, a game that we could’ve won, but give Baltimore credit. They put a drive together at the end of the game to go ahead and we’ll just have to regroup, hopefully, get refreshed over the bye week, and go down to Texas and win a game.”
“You never know what’s going to happen within the division,” said Weeden. “You never know what’s going to happen across the league. If we take care of business, if we get better, if we find a way to win games late, you never know. That’s the approach we have to take.”
RETURNING TO THE TOP
Browns kick returner
Cribbs registered 74 kickoff-return yards against the Ravens and now has 9,638 during his eight-year career with the Browns.
Cribbs is now 151 yards away from passing Glyn Milburn for fifth on the NFL’s all-time kickoff-return yards list. He is also 164 yards away from passing Browns Legend Eric Metcalf for the most punt-return yards in team history (2,149).
PLACING THE BALL