Ravens blank Browns 16-0 BALTIMORE 16, CLEVELAN

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Ravens blank Browns 16-0 BALTIMORE 16, CLEVELAN

By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND — Even after Baltimore had punished Brady Quinn,
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis got in one more vicious hit on
Cleveland’s quarterback.

Angered over Quinn’s questionable chop block on Ravens
linebacker Terrell Suggs following an interception, Lewis
accused Quinn of a dirty play.

“Heck yeah it was a cheap shot,” Lewis snapped after Baltimore
rocked Cleveland 16-0. “When you’re running down and you’re
looking at the quarterback going at somebody’s knees who doesn’t
even have the ball. I want to see if he gets the same fine I got
or even higher. Now this man is out four or five weeks because
of some baloney like that.”

For 30 minutes, the Ravens were inefficient, unproductive and
disorganized.

In 17 seconds, they changed all that.

Ray Rice scored on a 13-yard run on Baltimore’s first possession
of the third quarter and safety Dawan Landry returned an
interception of Quinn 48 yards for a touchdown on Cleveland’s
next play as the Ravens overcame a horrendous start and routed
the hapless Browns.

The game also included two plays that could force the league to
hand out fines, and it ended with Browns wide receiver Josh
Cribbs being carried from the field on a stretcher following
another nasty hit. He was taken to a hospital for tests.
Cleveland coach Eric Mangini said Cribbs was transported as a
precaution.

“He’s got feeling and movement in all parts of his body,”
Mangini said.

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.

“I guess I agree it wasn’t pretty,” quarterback Joe Flacco said.
“It was an ugly win, but that’s the way some wins are in the
NFL.”

Following his second interception, Quinn dropped and rolled into
Suggs’ right knee, drawing a 15-yard penalty and incensing the
Ravens.

Suggs limped to the locker room. It’s not known how long he’ll
be out.

“That’s an illegal blow,” Lewis said. “I don’t care how you want
to look at it.”

Quinn said he didn’t hit Suggs intentionally.

“I was trying to go for the ball carrier,” he said. “Suggs came
across at the last second in my vision. I would never wish that
upon anyone. I was upset about it on the field. We worked out in
Arizona together. I couldn’t be any more sorry about that. That
was never the intent. I’m sorry to Terrell and the rest of their
team.”

Despite being down by 16, the Browns, who never crossed
Baltimore’s 45, were fighting for yards on the final play. Quinn
threw short to Cribbs, who then lateraled to tight end Robert
Royal. After he got rid of the ball, Cribbs got drilled in the
chin by defensive end Dwan Edwards as the clock expired.

As Cribbs laid motionless in the middle of the field, players
from both teams knelt in prayer. Royal said Cribbs was making
jokes and moving his arms and legs.

Ravens defensive end Trevor Pryce questioned Mangini’s motive in
running a dangerous play.

“I didn’t see it, but I heard it,” he said of Edwards’ hit on
Cribbs. "With five seconds left in the game, and you’re down
16-0, to throw a hook-and-lateral, what’s the point of that? I’m
not trying to question their coaching, it’s none of my business.
But you see what the result was.

“You do a hook-and-lateral play with a whole bunch of guys that
are big and run fast, people are running around crazy and
someone is going to get hurt.”

Edwards said he wasn’t trying to injure Cribbs and wasn’t
looking for retribution on Quinn for his hit on Suggs.

“I was just hustling to the ball,” he said. “He had just pitched
it and I reacted. It wasn’t him that hit Suggs. I consider
myself a hustle player and I tried to hustle and make a play -
not let them get a score.”

The first time Baltimore got the ball in the second half, 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, making his first start since being
pulled 10 quarters into the season by Mangini, threw high and
wide to Royal and the ball bounced to Landry, who scampered in
untouched to make it 13-0.

The Ravens missed the extra point, but that hardly mattered
against a Cleveland offense that has scored only five offensive
TDs in its past 15 games.

It was Baltimore’s first shutout since Nov. 26, 2006, and it
came at the perfect time for the Ravens, who had dropped four of
five and were in danger of falling too far behind Cincinnati and
Pittsburgh in the AFC North.

Pryce said the Ravens adjusted to Cleveland’s no-huddle at
halftime.

“You have to weather the storm when you’re playing a team like
Cleveland that has nothing to lose,” Pryce said. “What they were
doing was smart. They were running a no-huddle, quick
substitution game plan. And that stuff messes with you badly.
You waste more energy running on and off the field than you do
in the game itself. That was the big thing we had to address in
the second half.”

NOTES: Before the game, Browns backup QB Derek Anderson played
catch – left-handed – with Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young,
a lefty who returned the throws right-handed. Anderson threw
some impressive spirals with his opposite hand. … Browns P
Dave Zastudil was inactive because of a sore knee. Reggie
Hodges, signed Sunday, averaged 38.6 on nine kicks. … Ravens S
Haruki Nakamura, a Cleveland native, broke his right ankle on
the opening kickoff. … Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Suggs
would have an MRI on Tuesday.

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