Baltimore blanks AFC North rival

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


In 17 seconds, they changed all that.

Ray Rice scored on a 13-yard run and safety Dawan Landry returned an interception of Brady Quinn 48 yards for a touchdown on Cleveland's next play as the Ravens overcame a horrendous start for a 16-0 win over the hapless Browns on Monday night.

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.

Quinn had a rough six-minute stretch to start the second half. Making his first start since Sept. 27 -- also against the Ravens -- Quinn threw a pair of interceptions and was flagged for a low block on Baltimore's Terrell Suggs after his second pick.

Suggs limped off the field, then limped into the locker room with a sprained knee.

After cornerback Chris Carr intercepted Quinn for the second time in the quarter, Steve Hauschka kicked a 44-yard field goal. Hauschka previously had an extra point blocked and missed wide left from 36 yards.

Baltimore was better in the third quarter after a sloppy first half. The game was the NFL's first of the season to be scoreless at halftime, according to STATS LLC.

The Ravens were out of first-half timeouts less than seven minutes into the game. They lost one on a replay challenge and burned the other two amid confusion on their second possession. Baltimore was also flagged for 12 men on the field twice.



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