Cleveland: You again have a quarterback.
A common theme that has spread throughout local media was that the Cleveland Browns could and maybe even would have beaten the Baltimore Ravens back in September had Brandon Weeden not played in that contest. That opinion is only going to get more popular as time goes on after the Browns knocked the Ravens off in Cleveland on Sunday evening. It would be unfair to several individuals to suggest that the team's most recent victory came only because of the play of its quarterback.
With that said, how better the offense has looked when Weeden hasn't been on the field is undeniable.
Browns beat Ravens: Game MVP
The Cleveland faithful in attendance fell to a hush when Campbell went down with an injury in the first half. The previously mentioned Weeden did himself zero favors in his brief relief stint, completing one of two pass attempts for a net of negative two yards. Campbell ultimately returned, and not just to finish off a serviceable performance.
Campbell had a complete game and he out-played Joe Flacco.
Campbell connected on 23 of 35 attempts for 262 yards, and he found the end zone on three occasions. Just as important was that he didn't throw a single interception for the second straight game. Campbell looks like a man reborn, and there is an argument to be made that he is utilizing the full assortment of his weapons even better than did Brian Hoyer.
Browns beat Ravens: Life isn't fair
It wouldn't be Cleveland if there wasn't some bad news to go along with the good feelings that come from beating a division rival. Greg Little had the best day of his NFL career, reeling in seven passes for 122 yards. Best of all was that Little played like a true number one, out-muscling defenders and going up into the air and making highlight reel grabs.
And then he left the game with an injury.
Little appeared to hurt his shoulder due to what looked like a routine tackle. The Browns later announced to the press, however, that the WR had a head injury. Either way, his having an extra week to recover is a major plus for both player and team as they enter a Bye week.
Browns beat Ravens: Bounce back
Davone Bess had an awful game against the Kansas City Chiefs two Sundays ago. He dropped multiple passes, and his muffed punt in the fourth quarter cost the Browns an opportunity to tie the game or even take the lead. Some in the Cleveland media and within the fan base suggested during the midweek that Bess should be benched or even released.
Good thing the franchise didn't listen.
Bess gave his coaches and Cleveland fans quite the make good, getting into the end zone twice for the first time in a single game in his pro career. He was also responsible for one of the top plays of the weekend, a juke that is going to be replayed for several years to come. Bess' final catch of the day, a fourth down grab that allowed the Browns to keep possession of the ball late in the game, helped seal away the win.
All is forgiven.
Browns beat Ravens: Don't forget...
about the team's defense, which continues to impress. Baltimore running back Ray Rice was a non-factor, picking up only 17 yards on eleven carries. Joe Flacco was sacked five times. The only second half touchdown scored by the Ravens was more a result of a 36-yard Tandon Doss punt return than it was any defensive breakdown.
The Browns have, since Week 1, had the best defense in the AFC North. They now, for the second time in 2013, have a competent offense. At 4-5, Cleveland is in the playoff hunt.