Little Changes in Shutout Loss

The Cleveland Browns offense continued to struggle despite the change at quarterback. Fred Greetham recaps the Browns' futile effort on national television, where a solid first half defensive effort was squandered...

CLEVELAND—Some things don't change.

Despite a change at quarterback, the results were the same.

Once again, the Browns failed to score a touchdown. Through nine games, the Browns still have just five touchdowns on the season. The Browns were unable to get past the Ravens' 45 in the game and finished with just 160 total yards. They moved to the 45 in the first quarter.

The Browns put their anemic offense on display for a national television audience on Monday Night Football as the Browns dropped to 1-8 by a score of 16-0. Although, it was the first time the Browns were shut out this season, it is the sixth time they've scored six points or less.

Brady Quinn was 13-of-31 for 99 yards. He was sacked four times and he threw two interceptions. The Browns had 13 possessions and punted nine times, had two interceptions and kneeled at the end of the first half.

The defense held the Ravens scoreless for a half, but it took the Ravens less than two minutes to score 13 points on the way to the win.

After the Browns started with a three-and-out to open the second half, the Ravens took over on their 41 and scored in just four plays to take a 7-0 lead with 12:28 to play in the third quarter.

The score was set up on a short pass from Joe Flacco to Derrick Mason. Brandon McDonald missed Mason at the line and he took it 41-yards pass to the Browns' 13. Ray Rice scored on the next play as he went around the right end.

After Josh Cribbs returned the kickoff out near the 40, Brady Quinn tried to hit Robert Royal and the pass was high and off his hands and Dawan Landry picked off the pass and went 48 yards to make it 13-0. Shaun Rogers blocked the PAT.

Trailing 13-0, Quinn hit Mike Furrey, but the ball went off his hands to Chris Carr and the interception was returned to the Browns' 24 after a personal foul on Quinn for a low block. The Browns defense stiffened and the Ravens settled for a 44-yard field goal by Steve Hauschka with 7:20 left in the third quarter.

The Ravens had the only chance to score in the first half, but Hauschka missed a 36-yard field goal wide left after Rice had set up the opportunity with a 19-yard run inside the Browns' 20.

Cribbs Down: On the game's final play, WR Josh Cribbs was leveled after being hit by DL Brandon McKinney as Cribbs tossed the ball to TE Robert Royal. Both teams were gathered around Cribbs as he was carted off the field on a gurney.

Jamal's Finale: RB Jamal Lewis started after complaining last week that Eric Mangini's practices were too hard. Lewis ran for 14 yards on the first play and had 10 carries for 36 yards. Lewis announced earlier this season that he was playing in his last season. If that's the case, this was his final game against his former team.

Jennings Time: RB Chris Jennings saw his most extensive playing time of the season. He had 7 carries for 18 yards and caught a pass for 10 yards.

Browns/Ravens Make History: The Browns and Ravens scoreless first half was only the ninth time in the 40 year history of Monday Night Football has that happened.

Robaire's Play: DL Robaire Smith stopped RB Ray Rice on third-and-short to force a Ravens' punt to start the second quarter.

Brady's Turn: QB Brady Quinn returned to the starting lineup. His first pass was complete to TE Robert Royal. Quinn started 3-of-3 for 17 yards. His biggest play in the first half was a 30-yard pass to WR Mohamed Massaquoi. For the half, Quinn was 6-of-12 for 63 yards with two sacks. WR Mike Furrey had 6 receptions for 30 yards.

Wildcat Josh: Josh Cribbs took several snaps at quarterback and ran 6 times for 34 yards. He lined up several times and handed off to RB Jamal Lewis.

Sack Man: LB David Bowens sacked QB Joe Flacco on the Ravens' first series and then later in the first quarter. Bowens led the Browns with 8 tackles, followed by LB Kaluka Maiava with 7. DB Brandon McDonald had a sack in the third quarter.

Zastudil Out: P Dave Zastudil was inactive with a knee injury. Newly signed punter Reggie Hodges handled the chores. At this point in the season, many feel Zastudil might be the team's MVP. Hodges punted 9 times for an average of 38 yards.

Nakamura Out: Elyria native Haruki Nakamura broke his ankle on the opening kickoff. Nakaurma played at St. Edwards High School and the University of Cincinnati.

Not Much Brown Out: The much publicized boycott of the opening kickoff didn't appear to be much. The stadium looked like it usually does at kickoff.


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