The Ravens continue to struggle out of the gates, failing to score first for the sixth time in eight games this season.
Baltimore has taken the first lead just once since the opener - on Oct. 6 at Miami.
This time, Jason Campbell went 5-for-6 for 68 yards and a touchdown to guide the Browns to a 7-0 lead on their second possession of the game. Campbell finished the eight-play, 80-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Davone Bess on fourth down.
The Ravens’ defense started well, forcing a three and out on the opening possession, a series keyed by Terrell Suggs’ sack on the first snap of the contest. It was Suggs’ ninth sack in eight games this season.
Baltimore’s offense again started slow, however, going three and out on its first drive. The unit has responded to the Cleveland touchdown to approach midfield on its second possession. Let’s see if the Ravens can get some points on the board right after falling behind.
Update: Justin Tucker converted a season-long 51-yard field goal with 3:42 to go in the first quarter to help the Ravens trim Cleveland’s lead to 7-3.
Tucker has now made 14 straight field goals since going 0-for-2 in Week 2 against the Browns.
Baltimore might not have tied the game, but earned its three points with an 11-play, 47-yard drive. Deonte Thompson had two receptions for 19 yards while Tandon Doss added a 23-yard catch on the series.
Update II: Campbell is off to a masterful start this afternoon, completing 10 of 13 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns to stake the Browns to a 14-3 lead in the second quarter.
Campbell just completed his second touchdown pass to Bess, whose second scoring reception was a 20-yarder with a nice run after catch where he juked cornerback Lardarius Webb out of his shoes.
The Browns are up to 154 yards while the Ravens have just 45. Joe Flacco is 3-for-9 for 42 yards while Baltimore has just 12 yards on the ground.
Update III: After a dreadful start to the first half, Flacco just completed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Marlon Brown with nine seconds to go in the second quarter to cut the Browns’ lead to 14-10.
It was Brown’s first touchdown reception since Week 4 against Buffalo. He had three in his first four games and now has four on the season.
Flacco started the game 5-for-15 for 51 yards and an interception, his ninth of the season after being picked off just 10 times in 20 games (regular season and playoffs) in 2012.
Since that start, he’s 3-for-4 for 68 yards and a touchdown with a 46-yard pass to Torrey Smith setting up the late score.
Flacco appears to be coming on at the exact right moment, as the Ravens have something to feel good about as they head to the locker room.
Baltimore is being outgained 170-125 and has just 24 rushing yards so far. Flacco has also been sacked three times.
But the defense forced a turnover and sacked Campbell twice in the first half. Suggs had the first and Daryl Smith had the second.
The Ravens will have a bit of momentum on their side when they take the field for the second half.