Browns faced with 0-16 possibility after Ravens loss

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The Cleveland Browns are 0-10 in the NFL after a 28-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday.

Only twice since the AFL-NFL merger has a team gone winless for an entire season and the 2008 Detroit Lions are the only team not to win a game during a 16-game schedule.

Trying to get some sort of spark offensively on Thursday, the Browns used three quarterbacks.

Rookie Cody Kessler got the start, but fellow rookie Kevin Hogan also took a couple snaps and veteran Josh McCown entered in the third quarter, but threw an interception on his first series. 

Kessler went 11 of 18 for 91 yards and a touchdown. Hogan did not throw a pass, but had one rushing attempt for a yard. McCown finished six of 13 for 59 yards with two interceptions and a lost fumble.

Thursday's game was scoreless after the first quarter, but the Ravens got on the board first with a 25-yard Justin Tucker field goal with 10 minutes, 29 seconds remaining in the first half.

The Browns responded on the ensuing drive as tight end Seth DeValve scored on a 25-yard pass for his first career touchdown. It was just the second career reception for the rookie.

The Ravens regained the lead on a five-yard pass to tight end Cameron Waller, but it came at a price as rookie guard Alex Lewis was carted off the field with a right ankle injury. Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah was injured on a third-quarter touchdown to Steve Smith, but Zuttah did return in the fourth quarter. 

 

SUGGS LIFE

On McCown's first series, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs got his hand the ball to force an errant throw that was intercepted by Jerraud Powers.

SUPER STEVE

Smith provided a spark for the Ravens offense with five catches for 60 yards and his 11-yard touchdown. He moved past former Colts receiver Reggie Wayne for eighth place on the NFL's all-time receiving yards. Smith is now just 231 yards behind former Colts receiver and Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (14,580) for seventh. 

BROWNS BEFUDDLED

"I've tried every different kind of speech to no speech," Browns coach Hue Jackson said following Thursday's game. "I can't put my finger on it, but obviously it's a problem. We've got to fix it.

 

0-16?

Injuries have riddle the Browns roster, but the future is bright for Cleveland, who are the youngest team in the NFL with 19 rookies.

Coming out of their bye, the Browns will play the Cincinnati Bengals (3-4-1), who beat them in Cincinnati by two touchdowns on October 23. The road trip to Buffalo (4-5) follows before a home game against the San Diego Chargers (4-5), who have won three of four as running back Melvin Gordon leads the NFL with 11 touchdowns. 

That would bring the Browns to the season finale at Heinz Field. If the Browns are still winless at that point, it is hard to imagine a talented Pittsburgh Steelers team likely playing for a division title or playoff berth would fall into a lull and get upset at home.