Game Notebook: Smiling Faces Abound

Mike brings you the latest from the Browns locker room, where there were a lot of smiling faces after today's 20-3 win. Meanwhile, a couple Browns have run-ins with Ray Lewis, and a number of other player notes...

CLEVELAND – There were a lot of smiling faces among members of the Browns defense after arguably the team's best defensive performance since the team's return to the NFL in 1999.

The key was the ability to stop Baltimore Ravens' running back Jamal Lewis, who had 57 yards on 20 carries in the Browns' 20-3 win.

Lewis was thwarted at virtually every turn as he never came close to breaking a long run.

"They felt like they could do what they wanted on us," middle linebacker Andra Davis said. "We went out there and played well together as a team and shut down the run. We were prepared for everything. We were prepared for overtime, double overtime and anything."

The Browns' front four kept Lewis from getting a quick burst. When he did get by the linemen, the linebackers and defensive backs were there to wrap him up.

"Our defensive line played extremely well," said strong safety Robert Griffith, who had a team-high nine tackles. "There wasn't a gaping hole. If there was a cutback, I could see it right away. It was a nice effort by our total defense to get this guy on the ground. We knew if we stopped him that we had a great chance to win the game."

Defensive coordinator Dave Campo made sure that every member of the defense received praised. It was a group effort.

"It feels awful good to win. That's the bottom line," Campo said. "I think our defense had a hand in us winning."

NERVOUS PRE-GAME QB: Bob Garcia, the father of Browns quarterback Jeff Garcia, was everywhere on the field afterwards celebrating the Browns' victory.

"I'll tell you what, last night he (Jeff) was nervous as could be," Bob said. "In this community, people expect so much, and he was hoping he could live up to whatever the hype was. Like I told him, relax, have fun and play your game."

CUTCH AND KJ: Browns cornerback Daylon McCutcheon was assigned to cover former teammate Kevin Johnson about 90 percent of the time. Johnson had five receptions for 43 yards.

"There wasn't that much talking," McCutcheon said. "He knows I'm not a talker. My thing is I'm going to go out there and be focused. I've matched up against him a million times. I knew if I went out there and my defensive line got me a decent pass rush that I was going to be able to do my job."

ADVENTURES IN LEWISLAND: Browns fullback Terrelle Smith and Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis went at it at the outset.

"I hit him, and I kept driving," Smith said. "The next thing I know, he's under me. His hands are in my face, and I'm around his neck. I said, ‘Should we start now or wait until the next quarter?' I guess we got into it a little bit."

Lewis also had a few words for Browns rookie tight end Kellen Winslow after tackling Winslow in the first quarter.

"I knew they were going to try to bait me," Winslow said. "He said, ‘ Welcome to the NFL.' I said, ‘Thanks, man,' gave the ball to the ref and went back to the huddle."

LANG'S BEST: Browns defensive end Kenard Lang had three sacks and a forced fumble. The sack total is his career single-game high.

THE WOUNDED: Browns defensive tackle Gerard Warren strained his right pectoral muscle in the first quarter and didn't return. Linebacker Eric Westmoreland hurt a hip. He didn't return to action.

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