Browns may provide roadblock to run

Browns may provide roadblock to run
September 10, 2013, 10:00 am
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One of the things the Ravens would like to do better on Sunday than they did in the opening loss to the Broncos is run the ball. Baltimore gained just 58 yards on 21 carries last week. Four running plays went for a loss.

However, Week 2’s opponent, the Browns, aren’t necessarily the best opponent for getting the rushing attack healthy. Though Cleveland lost its opener to the Dolphins, its defense held Miami to less than 1 yard per attempt, yielding 20 yards on 23 carries.

“Defensively, we shut down the run,” linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said, as reported by “We made them one-dimensional at times.

“We have a good group. You can’t win them all, but I take a lot of positives from what happened today. No one can run on us. That is making a team one-dimensional. Anytime you can do that and establish that early, your chances of winning go up. Teams respect what we have up front.”

And though they lost to Miami 23-10 — quarterback Brandon Weeden’s three interceptions didn’t help — the Browns also mounted a decent pass rush against the Dolphins. They sacked Ryan Tannehill four times, including one by former Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger in his Cleveland debut.

“We were able to get after the passer,” Jackson said. “He didn’t have a lot of time to throw the ball. If we weren’t getting him down, there were a lot of hurries. They had to go to a seven-man protection. That was their answer for our rush.”