BALTIMORE (92.3 The Fan) – DeShone Kizer might give Hue Jackson hope, but first come the growing pains.
And they were very painful Sunday.
Kizer threw 3 interceptions and missed 4 offensive series due to a migraine Sunday as the Ravens forced 5 turnovers en route to a 24-10 win at M&T Bank Stadium.
“Everything is a blessing; the good, the bad and the ugly,” Kizer said after the game. “I have to do everything I can to learn what I need to do better, We had a good gameplan coming in. It’s on us to execute.”
Kizer completed 15 of 31 passes for 182 yards and 3 interceptions and was strip-sacked by Ravens edge rusher Terrell Suggs in his second NFL start, which will be chalked up to a crash course in the NFL.
“Turning the ball over is unacceptable in this league,” Kizer said. “Obviously it doesn’t lead you to be in the best position to win games.”
Kizer didn’t seem to have a feel once again in the pocket as he either took too long to throw, rushed throws or was simply off target.
His first interception was a result of a fastball he threw out in front of a lunging Duke Johnson that landed in the lap of Ravens free safety Eric Weddle on a basic route out of the backfield. The other 2 interceptions came in the fourth quarter – the first ended a potential scoring drive on a poorly thrown ball to Rashard Higgins in the end zone while the final pick was also intended for Higgins over the middle and ended any and all hope of any type of comeback bid.
Backup quarterback Kevin Hogan had to come on in relief of Kizer and he completed 5 of 11 passes for 118 yards with a touchdown and interception while leading a pair of scoring drives that resulted in the 10 points that Cleveland scored.
Ball Hawks – The Ravens defense forced 5 turnovers Sunday for a second consecutive week, including 4 more interceptions – 3 off of Kizer and 1 from Hogan giving them 8 picks through 2 games.
“Everything I said we couldn’t do, we did,” head coach Hue Jackson lamented after the game. “You can’t turn the ball over to this team; that’s how they won their first game. We can’t give them that type of field position or take points off the board when you have a chance to make plays. We didn’t play well. Obviously, at the quarterback position, you can’t give the ball to the other team.”
Baltimore turned 2 of the interceptions into touchdowns.
Former Browns running back Terrance West scored from 4 yards out 7 plays after the Suggs strip-sack in the first quarter. Joe Flacco and Kevin Maclin hooked up for a 2-yard score 3 plays after Kevin Hogan was picked off by linebacker Tyus Bowser on an ill-advised pass over the middle.
Mr. 10,000 – Joe Thomas hit the 10,000 snap plateau Sunday early in the first quarter on the first play of the Browns’ second offensive series.
Thomas is glad to have the milestone out of the way.
“I think as linemen, we’re happy to not be the center of attention,” Thomas said. “Our careers are usually, when you’re the center of attention, in the spotlight, it’s usually a bad thing. So it’s been a difficult week having that spotlight on me and I’m happy to move beyond that and hopefully sneak into the shadows for the rest of the season.”
Running back Isaiah Crowell ran for 9 yards on the play.
Cavs forward LeBron James tweeted, “Unbelievable @joethomas73!! 10k cnsecutive snaps played! Playing in the trenches too! Crazy man! Congrats big fella!!” and former Browns linebacker Scott Fujita posted his congratulatory wishes in a video on Twitter too.
“It’s very humbling when you see people who are sort of idols of yours, a guy like LeBron, just mentioning my name and mentioning it with a tweet,” Thomas said. “That’s really special. I don’t think it will sink in during my career, but when it’s all said and done, this is definitely something that I think I’ll be able to be very proud of and be able to put my hat on and have that as a big accomplishment.”
5k Watch On Hold – Receiver Kenny Britt entered the day 106 yards shy of 5,000 receiving yards for his career but once again he was a non factor.
Britt caught 1 pass for 2 yards and was shaken up on Kizer’s third interception when he got blasted by Ravens linebacker Matt Judon. He also appeared to give up on a route on deep ball from Kizer in the first half that almost was intercepted.
Injuries – Linebacker Jamie Collins (concussion), quarterback DeShone Kizer (migraine but he returned), receiver Corey Coleman (hand).