Ravens Browns: 5 reasons for the loss

1. The Baltimore Ravens' 20-3 loss in the season-opener to Cleveland was largely because of the defending AFC North champions' lack of big plays, and the Browns capitalizing on a busted coverage and three turnovers.

Particularly costly was Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed biting on quarterback Jeff Garcia's pump fake and subsequent touchdown pass to Quincy Morgan for the game-winning points.

Garcia threw four interceptions against Baltimore last year, but exploited the defense at timely junctures of the game despite a notable lack of arm strength. The Ravens' talent-laden secondary appeared out of sync.

2. Not only was second-year quarterback Kyle Boller incapable of creating sustained drives, he committed three second-half turnovers to fuel the opportunistic Browns. Boller completed 22 of 38 passes for 191 yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions and a long completion of 24 yards for a 49.3 passer rating.

3. All-Pro running back Jamal Lewis, who rushed for 500 yards last season against Cleveland, was limited to 57 yards on 20 carries. He didn't receive enough consistent touches to gain his usual rhythm.

4. With All-Pro offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden out with a knee injury, Lewis didn't have as much room to run with Ethan Brooks at left tackle, and Boller was sacked three times by Kenard Lang.

5. The Ravens' average field position was its own 20, with Cleveland beginning its 12 drives, on average, from its own 36.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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