Flacco-Rice combo rescues Ravens

November 02, 2008 | Drew Forrester

So this is what it’s like to have a quarterback?

I like it.

Down 27-13 to the Browns in the 3rd quarter, it looked like Baltimore’s playoff surge was going into hiatus.

And then the offense took over.

You read it right.  The OFFENSE took over.

The Baltimore defense wasn’t bad, mind you…they did exercise three consecutive 3-and-outs that gave the Ravens’ offense the ball – and momentum.  But when the dust settled in Cleveland today, the Baltimore offense led a second half comeback that puts the Ravens firmly into the AFC playoff race at the halfway point of the regular season.

Ray Rice ran for 154 yards and was a pest the entire afternoon as Baltimore’s running game motored along and the Browns’ running game sputtered along.  Joe Flacco outdueled Derek Anderson, with Flacco throwing for 2 TD’s and another turnover-less performance.  And there was even a Mark Clayton sighting, as he caught a 47-yard TD pass in the first half.

Joshua Cribbs was Cleveland’s best player.  He returned a kick-off 92 yards for a touchdown and was involved in several big plays on Cleveland’s kick-off coverage team.  He tackles better than Frank Walker, in fact.

Other than Cribbs, though, the Browns didn’t have a whole lot to offer.  Braylon Edwards caught a TD pass in the 3rd quarter but balanced that out with a 4th quarter drop that would have put the Browns in positon to reclaim the lead.  Jamal Lewis (49 yards) and the Browns running game stalled early…as expected…except Cleveland kept trying to run the ball well into the 4th quarter when it was obvious to everyone in the stadium that the Ravens don’t allow run yardage.  Period.

In the end, the Ravens outplayed Cleveland.  It might have been a game for a while, but the final score of 37-27 was a justified result for the men in purple.  They were the better team today.  And they’re better than the Browns on the whole, as their 2-0 record against them this season proves.

In the past, this would have been a game the Ravens would have lost, 30-20.

Today, it was different.

Today, in Cleveland, the OFFENSE rescued the defense. 

Today, our rookie quarterback and rookie running back made the difference.

It was quite a sight.