Cleveland Browns: Dissecting The Browns' Defense In Loss to Ravens

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Cleveland Browns: Dissecting The Browns' Defense In Loss to Ravens
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Eric Wright

Other than perhaps those terrible flashbacks of The Drive that we all still have, there is nothing worse for a Browns fan that getting the opportunity to stick it to the Ravens...and squandering it. The Browns played well enough in week three to make it appear that they might actually pull of a huge upset in a game no one was expecting them to win, but ultimately, they fell short. 

This was caused by problems in many different parts of the Browns' performance, but the most glaring problem was the defense. 

The Browns' dismal defensive performance this week left many wondering what had happened to the squad that performed fairly well the first two games of the season. 

With the vaunted Baltimore defense looking far shakier than usual and being repeatedly victimized by Peyton Hillis, it seemed that if only the Browns' defense could play well enough to contain a team not traditionally known for its offensive prowess, they might pull of a huge upset. 

But it was not to be, as Joe Flacco and Anquan Boldin repeatedly got the better of the Browns defense and Cleveland fell to a disappointing 0-3. 

It wasn't all bad, of course, but it will force the Browns to really examine their defense, particularly when it comes to handling the opponents' passing game. 

Following is an examination of a few key points regarding the performance of the Browns defense in their week three loss to the Ravens. 

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