Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/17/13
Without a doubt, Baltimore Ravens fans had to be thinking “Not again!” after the first half of the home opener. The Ravens took on the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon, hoping to increase the team’s win number against their division rival to 11 consecutive wins. But as the team made their way to the locker room at halftime, it looked as though the Ravens were headed down the same path as the Week 1 game in Denver and would have to plug the holes in their porous game if they wanted to avoid going 0-2. The score at halftime was 6-0 Browns, proving the Ravens had a lot of work to do in the second half if they wanted to notch a victory. Here’s how the Ravens struggled in Week 2 and how the team came back to win 14-6 over their divisional opponent. Justin Tucker’s missed field goals Justin Tucker’s second missed field goal (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo) The Ravens have grown to rely on kicker Justin Tucker for the past year. The second-year kicker only missed three field goals last season. He missed 2 alone against the Browns on Sunday. But should this be a concern for the Ravens? Absolutely not. Tucker called his misses “uncharacteristic” and knows exactly what he needs to do to improve before next week’s game against the Houston Texans. Tucker first miss was a mis-hit to the right on a 50-yard field goal attempt. The second was likely a matter of wind miscalculation on a 44-yard field goal attempt. Wide receivers stepped up Marlon Brown stood out among the receivers yet again after scoring another touchdown on Sunday. Brown has stepped up to replace the injured Jacoby Jones at wide receiver. The rookie went undrafted in 2013, but has proved to the Ravens organization that he is more than deserving of his roster spot. Wide receiver Torrey Smith has also proved to be one of Flacco’s most reliable wideouts. This may not come as a surprise to many, since Smith took on a leadership role on offense after the departure of Anquan Boldin. Quarterback Joe Flacco seems to be most comfortable when throwing to Smith. Flacco not depending on tight ends as much Flacco has had a dependable tight end every season since his debut in Baltimore, with Todd Heap for the first few years and Pitta stepping up in the past two seasons. But with Pitta’s injury, Flacco has had to turn his focus elsewhere. Brandon Stokley (Gail Burton/AP Photo) In the first two games of the season, tight ends Ed Dickson, Dallas Clark, and Billy Bajema have not been the most reliable of receivers. While Flacco targeted the tight ends a great deal in the season opener against Denver, they did not see the ball much in Sunday’s game. The three tight ends were only looked towards three times against the Browns. Flacco could start relying more on wide receiver Brandon Stokley this season, especially on third down. Stokley was targeted five times on third down and successfully completed three for first downs. Flacco used to rely on Pitta for third down conversions, but instead of replacing his go-to receiver with another tight end, he will likely start to look toward Stokley. Ray Rice’s injury Running back Ray Rice saw more action on Sunday than the previous week, but was sidelined during the fourth quarter due to a hip injury. Team doctors have diagnosed the injury as a hip flexor strain, but do not expect the sixth-year veteran to be out too long. Rice is day-to-day, but could be back on the field for Week 3. If Rice were to be sidelined for Sunday’s game, the Ravens have a reliable backup with Bernard Pierce. One main difference between Rice and Pierce, however, is Rice’s ability to be a dependable receiver. Rice is a solid outlet pass for Flacco when there is no other options downfield. But with Rice and Pierce having spent all last season practicing and playing with each other, it may not be too surprising to see Pierce as a valuable outlet pass. Excellent performance from the front seven Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil stood out once again as a “dynamic duo” for the Ravens. Both linebackers notched a sack in Sunday’s game and forced multiple hurried passes from Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden. The defensive line had a combined five sacks on Weeden throughout the course of the game, proving that the team’s pass rush is strong and could be a nuisance for opposing teams in the future.   Related Articles Baltimore Ravens take on division rival Browns in Week 2 Baltimore Ravens: The struggling secondary Baltimore Ravens: What happened in Week 1?

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Manfred blames MLBPA for no significant rule changes in 2017

Report: Zach Britton has potential oblique injury

The Rock returns to WWE, leaves CM Punk a voicemail after 'Raw'

After outfield collision, Ichiro pranks teammate and claims he’s been cut

Simeon Rice gets vulgar with radio host over HOF debate

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ronda Rousey to be guest star on NBC’s ‘Blindspot’

Lakers replace Jim Buss with Magic Johnson, fire Kupchak

Report: James Harrison, Steelers share mutual interest in 2017 return

Jimmy Garoppolo’s mom keeping him up to speed on his trade rumors

Report: Clippers intent on keeping both Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

Slam dunks and startups: How all-star technology took over the NBA in The Big Easy

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

Box Score 2/21: It's trade heartbreak season

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams and players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Movies you can stream now to get your football fix

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win 100 games with two different teams

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams, players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker