Ravens-Browns: What we learned

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CLEVELAND -- After losing to them 11 straight times, the Cleveland Browns finally found a way to beat the Baltimore Ravens.
One week after dropping three passes and muffing a punt in Kansas City, Davone Bess caught two touchdown passes Sunday to help the Cleveland Browns beat their AFC North rivals 24-18.
Joe Flacco threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Marlon Brown with 12:09 left and then threw a pass to Brown on a two-point conversion to turn a 21-10 Ravens' deficit into a three-point game.
The Browns forced the Ravens to punt with 6:50 to play and then took 6:30 off the clock before Billy Cundiff kicked a 22-yard field goal. A fourth-and-one pass to Bess from the Ravens 43 with 3:12 left kept the drive alive.
The victory ended a losing streak against the Ravens dating back to 2007 when the Browns beat Baltimore twice. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski was the offensive coordinator of the Browns six seasons ago.
"I don't know if you can call it a rivalry when you don't win some games," said Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, a rookie in the 2007 team. "This was a great win for us. We beat a good team today."
"We've been putting together good practices all week and it's not translating into games," Ravens center A.O. Shipley said.
The Browns got on the board first on their second possession of the game. A drive that started on the Browns 20 moved to the Ravens 1 where the Browns faced fourth-and-one. After calling timeout, Chudzinski decided to go for it. Jason Campbell threw a quick pass to Bess just across the goal line on the right side. Lardarius Webb hit Bess hard in the back, but Bess held on for his first touchdown catch with the Browns.
Campbell was knocked out of the game temporarily with a rib injury, but he returned at the start of the second quarter and engineered another drive that ended with a touchdown catch by Bess. Bess caught the ball around the Baltimore 12 and faked out Webb then ran to the right to finish off the play and give the Browns a 14-3 lead with 10:08 left in the second quarter.

What the Ravens said
"We need to stop the offense and get in good field position. Campbell scrambled out, which he usually doesn't do to that side, and made a big play." -- Defensive tackle Arthur Jones on a fourth down pass from Jason Campbell to Davone Bess in the fourth quarter.

What the Browns said
"That was a big turning point for our defense. We want to be a consistent defense." -- Cornerback Buster Skrine on the carryover from the Browns allowing the Chiefs only 50 yards in the second half last week.

What we learned about the Ravens
1. The Ravens have to get better play from their offensive line if they are to get back into the AFC North race. They gave up five sacks Sunday. The biggest of all stopped a drive with 6:50 to play when they were driving to what could have been the go-ahead touchdown or at least a game-tying field goal.
2. Quarterback Joe Flacco should have growing confidence in rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown. Brown was targeted nine times Sunday and caught five passes for 54 yards. Two of them resulted in touchdowns. He also threw a two-point conversion pass to Brown.

What we learned about the Browns
1. Coach Rob Chudzinski is willing to take chances. The Browns were 2-for-2 on fourth down Sunday and have now converted 10 of 19 for the season. One fourth down Sunday resulted in a touchdown and the second on fourth-and-one from the Ravens 43 resulted in a first down. Both passes went to Davone Bess.
2. The Browns were the only team in the AFC North to win this weekend. They head into their bye with a 4-5 record.

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