Browns-Ravens: Game Notes

Fred's scribbings in the notebook as the Browns lost to the Ravens, 15-14...

Notes from today's 15-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens:

Fast Start: QB Charlie Frye started 10-of-12 for 158 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown pass to WR Braylon Edwards. He also hit Edwards for a 28-yarder and a 27- yard pass to WR Dennis Northcutt. However, he was sacked three times in that span. Frye had 210 yards in the first half. Frye rushed for a touchdown for the third game in a row, which tied a record previously set by Otto Graham in 1954. Frye finished 21-of-33 for 298 yards with one touchdown, one rushing touchdown and an interception. However, he was sacked seven times.

Edwards Breaks Out: WR Braylon Edwards had five receptions for 116 yards in the first half, including a 58-yard touchdown. It was Edwards' third 100-yard receiving game. However, Edwards had no receptions in the second half.

Into the Booth: The referee's microphone was left on in the press box during the review with 32 seconds to play and the dialogue between the replay booth and the official was heard.

Willie Sighting: Although LB Willie McGinest did not start, but he entered the game in the first quarter and sacked QB Steve McNair. He had three tackles. The Browns other sack was by DL Simon Fraser. McGinest re-injured his calf, but returned in the fourth quarter.

Better on Third: In the first half, the Browns were 3-of-8 on third down, while the Ravens were 0-of-6. The Ravens converted their first third down conversion in the third quarter.

Jamal Under Control: The Browns kept RB Jamal Lewis in check in the first half with 10 rushes for 36 yards. He had a 21-yard rush on the first play of the second half and finished with 86 yards on 21 carries.

Challenging Mason: Romeo Crennel challenged two receptions made on the sideline by WR Derrick Mason. Both plays were right in front of Crennel. Neither play was reversed. The one reception was for 35 yards, while the other was for 19 yards. Mason and Crennel were exchanging words and smiles after the plays. Mason caught seven passes for 132 yards.

Mighty Phil: K Phil Dawson kicked three kickoffs out of the end zone with the wind behind him. Stover kicked it out of the end zone when he kicked that direction one time and kicked the game winning field goal with the win.

Hot K2: TE Kellen Winslow caught his first pass in the final minute of the first quarter and then was flagged for taunting, which took the ball back to the Browns' 13. His reception was for 11 yards, while the penalty was for 13 yards, netting a minus two. Winslow had four receptions in the first half for 48 yards and finished with seven catches for 92 yards.

In the Sack: QB Charlie Frye was sacked once on each of the first three series and five times in the first half.  If he could get the pass off he was pretty effective. While being sacked five times, he was still 9-of-11.

Winslow on Third: After speaking out for not being on the field on third down, TE Kellen Winslow stayed on the field on the Browns first third down conversion. QB Charlie Frye was sacked on the play. Winslow converted three-straight first downs on third down plays on the Browns final drive.

No Ground Game: Without RB Reuben Droughns, the Browns  had very little running game. RB Jason Wright had 15 carries for 31 yards, while Jerome Harrison had two carries for one yard.

Inactives: For the Browns: CB Gary Baxter, RB Reuben Droughns, OL Isaac Sowells, WR Joe Jurevicius, TE Darnell Dinkins, DL Nick Eason and DL Orpheus Roye. Jason Wright started in place of Droughns, while Ethan Kelley started in place of Roye. Kamerion Wimbley started in place of Willie McGinest and Daven Holley started in place of Baxter.

Best Band in the Land: The Ohio State marching band performed the national anthem and at halftime.

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