Ravens Use Huge Third Quarter to Dump Browns 28-10

The things change, the more they stay the same.

The Baltimore Ravens used hard hitting defense and a potent ground game to pocket their second win of the season over divisional rival, the Cleveland Browns 28-10.

The defense was stifling in the second half holding their opponent 22 total yards and picking off Derek Anderson twice. One by Chris McAlister led to a Le?Ron McClain score and the other by Ed Reed was taken back 32 yards for a second touchdown. The outburst led to a twenty one point third quarter that allowed the Ravens to take the lead for good.

Perhaps it was the week long layoff but Baltimore started a bit sluggish as Matt Stover missed a 48 yard field goal and the Browns led at halftime 10-7. There could have been several places that the team may have drawn inspiration from to spur their comeback.

Just before the half, Strong Safety Dawan Landry was attempting a tackle on Jamal Lewis and crumpled to the turf. He was taken away on a stretcher and was diagnosed with a spinal cord concussion as players huddled around in prayer hoping for good news. A CT scan at a nearby hospital indicated he would later be okay.

But the real cause was plays on the field. Ray Lewis hit Kellen Winslow with a bone rattling spear tackle that caused the first interception on the third play of the third quarter. This seemed to set the tone the defense was looking for.

The win for the Ravens put them at 2-0 and the unlikely leader in the AFC North. It also sets up another pivotal game as the team travels to Pittsburgh next Monday night.

For the Browns, at 0-3 they still must search for answers as the hope of a promising season is starting to slip away.

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