Offensive line regroups

"We felt like we had a lot to prove. Last week we were basically (expletive) on a stick," Oben said. "But we all stayed together, and I was glad that coach Arians (offensive coordinator Bruce Arians) put the ball in our hands. We kept the Browns on the field."

Roman Oben was pleased with the showing of the Browns' offensive line on a 12-play, 68-yard scoring march in the fourth quarter.

"We felt like we had a lot to prove. Last week we were basically (expletive) on a stick," Oben said. "But we all stayed together, and I was glad that coach Arians (offensive coordinator Bruce Arians) put the ball in our hands. We kept the Browns on the field."

Receiver Dennis Northcutt ran 12 yards on a fourth-and-1 play from the Ravens' 35, taking the handoff from quarterback Tim Couch as he went in motion from left to right. Running back Benjamin Gay then powered his way for a 21-yard gain to the 2. Jamel White ran in from the 1 two plays later. Staying together last week was important for the line. To a man, they knew they had to step it up after having weaknesses exposed by the Steelers.

"Whether it's one guy's fault or the fault of two or three guys, we always represent our group," Oben said. "We didn't have a zillion yards or whatever on the ground, but we can feel better knowing that at the end of the game they put it in our hands, and we were able to answer it.

"We earned this victory. It wasn't a special-teams play or a fumble. Devan Bush's play (a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown) was a big play, but when we were still close we allowed each other to give us a chance to win."

TAKE THAT: Safety Earl Little made a bold prediction to David Modell earlier this season. He told Modell that the Browns were going to win both games against the Ravens this season.

"I met him (Modell) in Las Vegas when Evander Holyfield fought in February," Little said. "Me and (Ravens cornerback) Duane Starks got together. I told them that we were going to beat them. They looked at me and said, ‘You guys will never do that.' "

"When we beat them the first time, I didn't want to say anything about it," Little said. "Now we've swept them. I hope he (Modell) remembers what I said to him. We kicked their butts."

TRASH TALK: Kevin Johnson didn't refuse the chance to take a verbal jab at Ravens cornerback Duane Starks, who left in the second quarter after re-aggravating a groin injury. Starks didn't return to play.

"Duane didn't want to play today. He didn't want to play today," said Johnson, who had three receptions for 54 yards. "All that talk he did with the newspapers, then when it came time to show up, he didn't want to show up.

"You have to play with injuries in these type of games. I'm hurt. Everybody in this locker room is hurt."

Starks complained earlier last week about Johnson's tactics on a touchdown reception in the Browns' 24-14 win over the Ravens last month. Starks pointed out correctly that Johnson pushed off Starks and gained separation in the end zone.

INJURY REPORT: Cornerback Daylon McCutcheon injured an ankle and didn't return. McCutcheon had a wrapping on his ankle afterwards, but he said that he should be able to play next Sunday against Cincinnati.


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