Ron Glover’s NFL Recap: Ravens D holds off the Browns in the end 23-16

(Associated Press)

Cary Williams’ pick six put the game away for the Ravens.

The return of NFL officials drew a standing ovation from the crowd of over 70,000 at M&T Stadium last night. Players like Ray Lewis went out of their way to greet the officials prior to the game.

The Ravens broke open a 16-10 contest when cornerback Cary Williams returned a Brandon Weeden pass 63 yards for a score at the end of the third quarter to give the Ravens a 23-10 lead. The Browns cut the lead to seven, but quarterback Brandon Weeden was unable to find anyone in the end zone late sealing the win for the home team.

Dannell Ellerbe’s hit on Joshua Cribbs reverberated through social media.

It was the kind of hit that made you think to yourself, there is no way my son is playing this game. Joshua Cribbs took a hit on a punt return from Raven’s special-teamer Dannell Ellerbe in the first quarter that left him laid out on the field for several minutes. The hit was shoulder to helmet which is declared legal under league rules. Cribbs made it to his feet and headed to the locker room under his own power for observation. He did not return.

It took the Ravens longer than expected to deliver their knockout blow to the 0-3 Browns.

Joe Flacco completed 28 of 46 passes for 356 yards and a touchdown. Flacco also scored on a bootleg play. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin caught 9 passes for 131, Torrey Smith continues to play inspired football — hauling in six passes for 97 yards and a score.

Brandon Weeden played better than anticipated against a swarming Ravens defense. The rookie was 25 for 52 for 320 yards. Running back Trent Richardson was held to 47 yards on 14 carries and a score. 

The win gave the Ravens an league-leading 13th win in a row at home and 10th in a row over the Browns. The Browns have opened the season 0-4 for the third time since 1998.

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