If ever a football game could induce writer’s block, that one on Sunday in Cleveland sure did the trick to me.
I have no idea what to say about that game except this: How the hell did the Browns win four games so far this season?
Holy cow they stink.
I almost felt bad for the Ravens in the 3rd quarter when it was 10-0. There was no challenge, no real resistance from the Browns, and, predictably, a half-filled stadium with virtually no energy for the game or the home team.
I thought I was watching the annual Hall of Fame game in Canton. It was that bad.
The Ravens weren’t bad, mind you. They ran more than Forrest Gump on Sunday, traumatizing the Browns front seven with smash-mouth football and a 204 yard day from Ray Rice that commenced with a 30-yard scamper on Baltimore’s first offensive play of the game.
But the game itself was about as boring as Barry Manilow covering a bunch of Bob Dylan tunes.
Fortunately, unlike two other occasions when the Ravens went into sleep-walking mode against inferior opponents in Jacksonville and Seattle, Baltimore would not give in to the day’s boredom. They plodded their way to a 10-0 lead and eventually stretched it to 24-3 before giving up a late touchdown pass from Colt McCoy to Evan Moore.
It wasn’t even a cakewalk on Sunday.
It was easier than that.
And it should be that easy again next Sunday when the Indianapolis Colts and their 0-12 record come wobbling into Charm City for an expected thrashing at M&T Bank Stadium.
The schedule favors the Ravens now, as they finish the season with the Colts, Chargers, Browns and Bengals. Four wins and Baltimore secures home-field throughout the AFC playoffs. And when you secure home-field throughout, you’re only two wins away from the Super Bowl.
Writer’s block. That’s what games like Sunday’s affair in Cleveland produce.
I wanted to write about how great the Ravens running game was in the victory. Or how Baltimore managed to win despite two missed field goals and a costly Joe Flacco turnover near midfield.
But all I could keep thinking was this — “How the hell did Cleveland win four times this season?”