Somebody tell Ravens running back Ray Rice he can stop running now. The game is over.
The numbers said the Browns were bad against the run. I’m not sure anyone thought they’d be this bad. From the opening snap Cleveland’s defense was pushed around. Rice ran for a career-high 204 yards, part of a unit that gained 290 rushing yards, while Colt McCoy and the Browns offense struggled once again, this time in a 24-10 loss to the Ravens.
There’s not much to say if you’re a Browns fan. In fact, some of the numbers almost leave you speechless. But if Cleveland has any hopes of competing in the conference, or even the AFC North, it has to improve its run defense.
Here are some final numbers and impressions from Sunday’s loss:
* The Browns were outgained 448-233 in total yards
* The Ravens ran 23 more plays on offense (79-56)
* Cleveland was 0-for-1 on red zone opportunities
* The Browns had 13 first downs, but were 3-for-14 on third down conversions
* Peyton Hillis rushed for 45 yards on 12 carries, but led the way with 52 receiving yards