Normally this feature is titled "5 keys" you know, factors that helped Team A beat Team B. But as Jim Mora Sr. might say, "Keys? Keys! Don't talk about keys!" No, there was pretty much just one "key" to Baltimore's win over Cleveland on Monday night: "The Browns are awful (the offense, anway)." So we'll go with "5 points," which is 5 more than Cleveland scored.
Whose bright idea was this?
Down two scores and you try to make it all up on the final snap? Josh Cribbs underwent tests after a hard hit on the last play of the 16-0 loss and was released from a hospital early Tuesday. Cribbs caught a pass from Brady Quinn and lateraled to Robert Royal. Following the pitch, Cribbs was clobbered near midfield by the Ravens' Dwan Edwards.
Hey, Ravens, don't get too cocky
Yes, they won, and yes, they pitched a shutout, but John Harbaugh's club didn't exactly brand itself a Super Bowl contender Monday night. They got shut out for a half by the Browns, used up three timeouts in the first seven minutes and converted a lower percentage of third-down plays than Cleveland (29 percent, vs. the Browns' 31).
If Brady Quinn is the answer, what is the question?
Brady Quinn had already been benched as the Browns' starter once this season. But then they decided Derek Anderson was even worse. So it was back to Quinn. His Monday night stat sheet read 13-for-31, 99 yards, no TDs, 2 picks. You can almost excuse the INTs, as the passes went off receivers' hands, and he has virtually no help, but still, he didn't show much to get fans excited.
So, how's that Mangenius thing working out?
First, Cleveland fans had to put up with Bill Belichick in his pre-genius days (you know, before Tom Brady). Then, after they got the 'new" Browns, they got Belichick disciple Romeo Crennel. Now it's former Belichick assistant Eric Mangini. You see any championship banners flying over the stadium from any of these regimes? Maybe they can bring in Charlie Weis next.
Let's hear it for Browns fans
We're talking about the ones in the stands, whether they were wearing bags over their heads or not. Because you've got to be a real fan to come out and support this team the way it's playing. We can't even blame people for leaving early. We certainly would have.