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Ravens Take Care of Cleveland

By Ben Butanis
The Ravens were 13 point favorites heading into the game against the Browns Sunday.

They won by 31.

Unlike so many Ravens teams in the past, this team is getting it done on both sides of the football. Joe Flacco spreads the ball around. Willis McGahee is unstoppable in the redzone, leading the league in rushing touchdowns with six. Derrick Mason looks as good as ever.

Flacco went 25-for-35 for 342 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown strike to Derrick Mason in the fourth quarter. And it appears Cam Cameron has taken the reigns off Flacco -- the offense spends quite a bit of time in the no-huddle offense.

The defense looked great, getting pressure on Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson, and picking off four errant passes. The Ravens limited the Browns to 168 total yards. This was a much better defensive effort than we've seen the last two weeks.

And the special teams kept returner Josh Cribbs in check -- something they've struggled to do in years past.

"It feels like a marriage now," Terrell Suggs said. "Everybody is doing their part." (Jamison Hensley, Baltimore Sun)

Granted, it was a game they were supposed to win -- but it was complete domination from start to finish.

Next Sunday, the Ravens travel to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough to take on a suddenly beatable Tom Brady and the Patriots. Think there may be a phone call to Rex Ryan this week? Yeah, me too.

Check back later in the week to see the key matchups for the upcoming game.

Notes: I don't hear any Ravens fans berating Ozzie Newsome for waiving Derek Anderson in 2005 now...Derrick Mason became the 23rd player in NFL history to haul in 800 catches...Dominique Foxworth, who picked off an errant Brady Quinn pass, has been showing marked improvement each week...Former Ravens QB Kyle Boller went 16-for-31 for 161 yards and two touchdowns for the St. Louis Rams -- is there a quarterback controversy brewing in St. Louis?...Carson Palmer's touchdown pass to Andre Caldwell with 14 seconds remaining completed an impressive Bengals comeback against Pittsburgh (1-2) -- a beautiful thing for all of us that dislike the Steelers.

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