At First Glance Vs Browns

BaltimoreRavens.com writers give their first impressions of the Ravens 24-17 victory.

Posted by BR.com on Sunday, September 26th, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Categories: 2010 Season, Week 3 vs Browns

John Eisenberg: Early on, it appeared the Browns would succumb as usual to the Ravens. But hats off to Jim Brown, er, Peyton Hillis. Playing in place of the injured Jerome Harrison, the Browns’ third-year runner punctured the Ravens’ proud run defense like no back in the past decade. His running brought the Browns to the brink of an upset and forced the Ravens to make a bunch of plays in the fourth quarter to pull out the win. Joe Flacco had a strong game, bouncing back from his bad day against the Bengals, and the Browns simply couldn’t cover Anquan Boldin, who was the difference in the game in the end. Some fans won’t like that the Ravens sweated out a win, but the Browns played inspired football. A win is a win.

Mike Duffy: Certainly, you’d feel more comfortable if the Ravens defeated the lowly Browns more handily, but for a team looking to remain in the AFC North conversation, this one was big. The Ravens did it in atypical fashion, as well, with the defense getting gashed for 144 yards by Peyton Hillis and their offense throwing the ball all over the field.¬†The Joe Flacco-to-Anquan Boldin¬†connection is certainly alive and well, and Todd Heap stepped in with some key grabs. Ray Rice still has that breakout game in him, but the way the Browns respected play action all day showed that he’s still a weapon.

Ryan Mink: Baltimore’s offense had to bail out the defense and Joe Flacco was the man to do it. His fourth-quarter touchdown drive showed classic poise and gives hope that Baltimore can survive tough outings going forward. Anquan Boldin is the difference-maker for this offense. He’s the target that the Ravens have needed for a long time.

Sarah Ellison: The Ravens barely avoid starting the season in a deep AFC North hole. It wasn’t comfortable, but they needed that win and got it. Who would have thought the Ravens still would have struggled despite Joe Flacco vindicating himself after last week’s four-interception nightmare? Flacco finished with the second-best outing of his career (128.7 quarterback rating), but Peyton Hillis surprised the Ravens’ defense and made them suffer (144 rushing yards).

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