Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/28/12

Baltimore Ravens 23

Cleveland Browns 16

Welcome back regular officials.

I have never been one to criticize or hate on the replacement officials before this week, BUT, this game did go a lot smoother and was finished much quicker and that is where I will stop. 

As for the game, the Baltimore Ravens came out quick and looked like they could almost do anything they wanted to against the Browns' defense.

But after the first quarter the Browns' defense clamped down a bit. The Ravens only scored two offensive touchdowns and if it wasn't for the pick-six thrown by Brandon Weeden the game would have taken on a whole different feel.

Baltimore Ravens (3-1): Joe Flacco had another good game and threw for 356 yards and one touchdown. Flacco also ran for a touchdown in which will probably be his only rushing touchdown of the season, so if you played him good call [Pats self on back].

Ray Rice had a somewhat quiet night, mostly due in part to penalties, Rice had a couple long runs called back for holding or illegal hands to the face penalties. He did finish with eight receptions for 47 yards and only 49 yards rushing on 18 attempts.

Anquan Boldin had a very good game and was the leader in targets tonight with 12. He was able to reel in nine of those for 131 yards and looked very impressive on a few of the catches. Hopefully you listened to the preview and got him in for your Colts or Steelers receivers.

Torrey Smith picked up right where he left off from Sunday night. Smith finished with 6-97-1 but was spotted limping out of the locker room after the game. The Ravens have not yet released anything but the injury is not believed to be serious.

Dennis Pitta was a huge disappointment. Being a very popular waiver-wire addition he failed to record a single catch tonight. An even worse stat is that he was targeted only twice.

 

Cleveland Browns(0-4): Brandon Weeden threw for 320 yards but completed less than 50 percent of his passes finishing 25-of-52 overall.  

Trent Richardson scored the only offensive touchdown for the Browns, finishing with 47 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown. He also had four receptions for 57 yards, a decent output from the only Brown you should have played tonight.

Greg Little continued to struggle with drops tonight having two more. He was targeted ten time but caught only four. Those four did go for 77 yards though.

Jordan Norwood was also targeted 10 times and finished with a 4-56-0 stat-line.

Josh Cribbs got pumbled on a punt return and didn't return after suffering a head injury.

 

Follow Al King on Twitter @alking906



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