Brown Out: Ravens Lose Third in a Row, Playoff Hopes Fading


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Factoid of the week:  The Cleveland Browns have used 20 different starting QBs since returning to the NFL in 1999; 11 since 2008, the year Joe Flacco began his NFL career.

After what felt like the longest two weeks in the history of time, the Ravens returned to the field today to take on the Browns in Cleveland.

Baltimore’s 11-game win streak against the Browns has ended, losing 24-18 and falling to 3-5.

Another flat offensive performance, particularly in the run game, once again sealed the Ravens fate. A muffed return by the usually sure-handed Tanden Doss on the 12 yard line didn’t help.

I’ve always thought Jason Campbell had the eye of the tiger and could be a winning QB in the NFL. I just wished he would have waited one more week to prove me right.

I’ll spare you a breakdown of the game. Just watch a replay of any of the past three games. They are all basically the same. We find a way to lose.

Instead, I will edit, copy paste John Harbaugh’s comments after we lost to the Steelers two weeks ago. They seem fitting and maybe Flacco, Rice and company will listen this time:

“We have to find a way to get better.  We’ll do whatever it takes. We’ll trade guys, we’ll cut guys, we’ll sign guys, we’ll coach guys, we’ll change schemes. It doesn’t matter. I’m looking forward to seeing how we respond in terms of how we play.”

I’ll keep posting this message until someone listens.

The superstitious lesson of the season: Bringing in a guy named Elvis the year after winning the Super Bowl is just a bad idea.