Ravens rout winless Browns 28-7

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Joe Flacco   AFP PHOTO

Joe Flacco
AFP PHOTO

BALTIMORE: Joe Flacco threw three touchdown passes and the first-place Baltimore Ravens kept the Cleveland Browns winless Thursday (Friday in Manila) with a 28-7 victory.

Cleveland is 0-10 for the first time in its 66-year history. Baltimore (5-4) has won two straight and extended its lead atop the National Football League’s AFC North division.

Flacco completed 30-of-41 passes for 296 yards but threw two interceptions on potential scoring drives. Terrance West had 65 of the Ravens’ 119 yards on the ground.

Baltimore took a 13-7 lead when Flacco found Darren Waller on a four-yard pass with 9:36 left in the third quarter. The Ravens had gone 17 straight drives without a touchdown before that score.


It was also the first career touchdown for Waller, who is in his second year in the league.

Cleveland quarterback Josh McCown took over for rookie Cody Kessler on the next possession and threw an interception to Baltimore cornerback Jerraud Powers.

Flacco could not take advantage as Joe Haden got his second interception of the game in the end zone. Flacco redeemed himself with a 11-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith. A two-point conversion increased the lead to 21-7 with just over two minutes left in the third quarter.

On the Ravens’ next possession, Breshad Perriman caught his first career touchdown pass on a 27-yarder from Flacco.

Cleveland also used quarter­back Kevin Hogan for two plays in the first half which meant the Browns were the first team to use three quarterbacks in a game since the Philadelphia Eagles used Mike Vick, Vince Young and Mike Kafka in December 2011.

Cleveland has been outscored 157-51 in the second half this season, including an overtime loss to Miami.

AFP

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