The Browns came into Sunday’s game first in the league against the pass. They also came in 29th against the run.
Guess which area the Ravens have exploited.
Cleveland has struggled to stop the Ravens’ rushing attack through the first half, allowing 158 yards on the ground. Ray Rice, who scored the game’s only touchdown in the first quarter, leads with 107 yards, while the Browns head into the lockerroom trailing, 10-0. The deficit would be greater if it had not been for a pair of missed field goals from Baltimore kicker Billy Cundiff.
It was a dominating first half for the Ravens. They have already run 42 plays, 28 rushes, and have nearly three times the total yardage as the Browns (260-93). Cleveland is allowing 6.2 yards per play, while its offense has yet to find the red zone.
Here are some more quick notes from the first half for Cleveland:
* The Browns have five first downs and are just 1-for-6 on third down conversions
* Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy continues to struggle. He took a hard hit on the team’s opening drive and was forced to the sidelines with an apparent injury to his right side. He returned, however, but has only 47 yards through the air and a costly interception in the final minutes of the second quarter which gave the Ravens a field goal opportunity
* Baltimore has yet to punt the ball, while the Browns have punted four times
* Peyton Hillis has 43 yards on 10 carries and Jordan Norwood leads all receivers with two receptions and 21 yards