For 30 minutes, the Baltimore Ravens were inefficient, unproductive, and disorganized.
In 17 seconds, they changed all that.
Ray Rice scored on a 13-yard run and safety Dawan Landry returned an interception of Brady Quinn 48 yards for a touchdown on Cleveland’s next play as the Ravens overcame a horrendous start for a 16-0 win over the hapless Browns last night in Cleveland.
The Ravens (5-4) didn’t score in the opening half, when they used up their three timeouts in the first 6:15, committed silly penalties, converted just one third down and actually made the Browns (1-8) look respectable.
But on Baltimore’s first possession of the second half, quarterback Joe Flacco connected on a 41-yard pass to Derrick Mason, who spun out of cornerback Brandon McDonald’s tackle and raced down the sideline to the Cleveland 13. Rice took it in from there to make it 7-0.
On the next snap, Quinn (13 of 31, 99 yards, two interceptions), making his first start since being pulled 10 quarters into the season by Cleveland coach Eric Mangini, threw high and wide to tight end Robert Royal and the ball bounced to Landry, who scampered in untouched to make it 13-0.
Browns receiver Josh Cribbs was taken to a hospital for further tests after being injured on a hard hit on the final play of the game. Mangini said Cribbs had movement and feeling in all parts of his body when he left the stadium.
Adams fined $250K
The NFL has fined Titans owner Bud Adams
$250,000 for making an obscene gesture at Buffalo fans while celebrating Tennessee’s victory over the Bills. Commissioner Roger Goodell
notified Adams of the fine, and league spokesman Greg Aiello
said it is for conduct detrimental to the NFL. Adams, 86, was seen making the gesture while in his luxury suite and again on the field after Sunday’s 41-17 victory. He issued an apology a couple of hours later, saying he got caught up in the excitement of the moment . . . The NFL Players Association is trying to set up a meeting with Browns players this week to talk about Mangini’s practices, a person at the union told the Associated Press. The person said the union is looking into what has been going on in Cleveland this season because of concerns about health and safety.
Broncos’ woes deepen
The unraveling Broncos haven’t won a game in a month and they’ve lost their starting quarterback for who knows how long. Coach Josh McDaniels
said yesterday he didn’t know if Kyle Orton’s
sprained left ankle would prevent him from playing in Sunday’s showdown against the Chargers, who have whittled away Denver’s 3 1/2-game lead in the AFC West and are now tied with the Broncos at 6-3 . . . Larry Johnson
might get to revive his troubled career with a team known for giving second chances. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis
said that Johnson would be in Cincinnati to discuss a limited role - fourth-string running back, essentially an insurance policy in case Cedric Benson’s
hip injury gets worse or another running back gets hurt . . . Brian Westbrook’s
status is uncertain after the former All-Pro running back sustained his second concussion in three weeks in Philadelphia’s 31-23 loss Sunday at San Diego. Westbrook was playing his first game after sitting out two because of a concussion suffered Oct. 26 . . . Jets defensive line coach Kerry Locklin
has left the team in what coach Rex Ryan
calls a “mutual decision.’’ . . . Jets safety Jim Leonhard
is having surgery on his broken right thumb, and Ryan is uncertain how long he might be sidelined.
Dolphins’ Brown limping Ronnie Brown
, the Dolphins’ leading rusher and wildcat triggerman, remained on crutches 24 hours after hurting his right foot during the Dolphins’ 25-23 win over Tampa Bay Sunday. He’s unlikely to play Thursday at Carolina . . . Loquacious linebacker Joey Porter
practiced yesterday but had little to say about sitting out the win over Tampa Bay because of a “coach’s decision.’’ . . . Clinton Portis
is still experiencing “a little blurriness’’ from his concussion, making it uncertain whether the Redskins running back will play next week against Dallas . . . Jordan Gross
, Carolina’s highest-paid and most effective blocker, was recovering from surgery yesterday, a day after breaking his right ankle when an Atlanta player fell into his leg in the Panthers’ 28-19 victory.
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