Another tough loss, as the Browns fall to the Ravens. Sloppy play on the offensive side of the ball, led to a very difficult defeat.
The Browns came out today looking to build off their tough loss a week ago, but actually took a step backwards in my opinion, falling to the Ravens 24-10. Granted, the Baltimore defense is one of the best in the league, but the offense looked awful. DeShone Kizer had put together several strong drives, only to see them end with turnovers. Kizer left in the 1st quarter, due to a migraine, but returned in the second half. He was replaced by Kevin Hogan, who had some great drives, and led the offense to the only 10 points that the offense scored.
Kizer went 15 for 31, and 182 yards. The worst part of course, were the three interceptions thrown by the rookie. Hogan played fairly well, going 5 of 11 for 118 yards, and one touchdown. Hogan also threw a drive killing interception of his own. The running game wasn’t too bad; on the ground, the Browns racked up a mediocre 93 yards, and failed to get into the end zone, “Hollywood” Higgins was a bright spot for the receivers, gaining 95 yards on seven receptions. Rookie tight end, David Njoku had 27 yards and scored the only Browns touchdown on a pass from Hogan.
Baltimore’s Joe Flacco played well, going 25-34 for 217 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Ravens as a team were able to gain 136 yards on the ground, but the defense is what made the difference in the game. As a unit, the defense recorded three sacks, forced five turnovers, including four interceptions and a fumble.
The Browns fall to 0-2 on the season and the Ravens advance to 2-0. The Baltimore defense has been incredible so far, and the offense is doing enough to survive. As for the Browns, their offense has been sloppy and has killed several strong drives with untimely sacks and turnovers. Rookie quarterback, DeShone Kizer still has a long way to go, and needs to learn when to throw the ball away, tuck the ball and run, and how to get rid of the ball quicker. The Browns need to take care of the ball on offense and keep the defense off of the field when possible. Three and outs, and turnovers happen, but a lot of the mistakes have been preventable. As Kizer gets more experience, the mistakes should be cut down, and we will see some victories. For now though, its tough to watch.