The game was theirs for the taking.
However, an inability to score touchdowns in the red zone and convert on third downs added up to a 25-15 loss to Baltimore, despite a 105-yard effort by Trent Richardson.
It was the 10th straight defeat to the Ravens, who gave Cleveland numerous chances to take and keep a lead. A 30th ranked run defense that was littered with injuries bended, but it did not break and the Browns will now head into their bye week with a 2-7 record.
Who's in the 'Dawg House'?
Quarterback Brandon Weeden better get comfortable in the 'Dawg House' because he will be calling it home for the next two weeks.
Playing his worst game since the season opener, Weeden looked scattered for most of the afternoon. Since that loss to Philadelphia, the 22nd overall pick improved in one way or another each week until now.
Cleveland was beaming with confidence from last Sunday's victory over San Diego and having won two of its last three. The last person anyone thought would be taking a step back in what looked to be a very winnable matchup at home would be the rookie QB.
Completing 22-of-37 passes for 176 yards in ideal November weather for northeast Ohio is underwhelming to say the least.
Oh, and let's not forget about those pair of second-half interceptions.
Who is most to blame for the Browns' loss this week to Baltimore?
After not causing a turnover in consecutive weeks, Weeden looked like he was playing in his first NFL contest.
He was inaccurate, indecisive and was consistently out of sync with the receivers. Something looked quite different about No. 3.
On the CBS broadcast, analyst Rich Gannon highlighted the countless open targets that Weeden simply did not see or took too long in making a decision to throw to.
In previous defeats this season, the Browns were at least able to point to their rookie signal-caller's development. All this Sunday afternoon provided is a sour taste and many questions that need to be answered.
Only one man deserves a 'Dawg Bone' this week and it is the longest-serving Brown, Phil Dawson.
The veteran kicker was responsible for every single point in an otherwise overall disappointing effort.
'Phil the Foot' put 15 points up on the board, going five for five (28, 29, 32, 33, 41 yards) on his three field-goal attempts. He now holds the longest streak for consecutive field goals made among active players with 23.
As always, Dawson was Mr. Dependable, and he continues to give Browns fans one player they can count on.
After the bye, Cleveland heads to Dallas to take on the Cowboys.
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