Daily Dawg Tags: Browns lose tough game to Ravens


Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Monday, Sept. 19.

It is not too much of a surprise that the Cleveland Browns have started the 2016 season with an 0-2 record. The surprise is how it’s gotten to that point.

Sunday’s game featured the second starting quarterback of the season, Josh McCown, who nearly had to leave the game due to injury. He did remain in the game because he’s one of the toughest guys in Cleveland, but the Browns may have to turn to a third quarterback for next week’s game in Miami.

McCown had the Browns up 20-2 in the first quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, only to end up losing 25-20 after a wrongful taunting call against Terrelle Pryor during the last-minute drive eliminated a big play, ultimately leading to a game-ending interception.

There were positives from the loss, but it remains clear that this team is in a rebuilding phase. It’s just hard to be a fan during the phase. While we begin another week after a loss, let’s take a look at the news surrounding the Browns and the rest of the NFL in today’s edition of the Daily Dawg Tags.

Cleveland Browns news:

Browns come from ahead to lose to the Ravens, 25-20

"It was all going perfectly for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in the home opener against the Baltimore Ravens. Then the second quarter began. The Browns somehow managed to race out to an 18-point lead in the first quarter only to just as surprisingly see the Ravens come all the way back for a 25-20 victory."

4 takeaways from the inevitable 25-20 loss to the Ravens

"FirstEnergy Stadium was alive during the first quarter of Sunday’s game between the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens. The Browns were up 20-0 with 4:34 left in the opening quarter, riding high after Corey Coleman‘s second touchdown catch on the day. Patrick Murray just had to hit the extra-point to put the Browns up 21-0. That didn’t exactly happen."

Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns: Game Analysis (Factory of Sadness)

"The Cleveland Browns started fast by gaining a 20-0 lead over the Baltimore Ravens in the first quarter. Unfortunately, after putting up a 20 point lead, the Browns made mistakes. The Ravens took advantage by scoring 25 unanswered points as they fought back to beat the Browns 25-20."

Ravens vs. Browns: 7 talking points (Dawgs by Nature)

"The 67,000+ fans at FirstEnergy Stadium might as well have traveled to Cedar Point today. The first half of the game resembled the anxious thrill of climbing to the peak of the Dragster’s track. The second half mimicked the feeling of hurtling down to earth at high speeds with the contents of a full stomach threatening to violently escape."

Blown lead, taunting call on Pryor add up to Browns’ loss (ESPN.com)

"Terrelle Pryor stood with his palms up, asking why. Duke Johnson screamed at officials after Josh McCown’s last-gasp pass was intercepted. Fans booed loud and long. The Cleveland Browns have many reasons for a 25-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens — including the third-largest blown lead in team history — but one thing they will wonder is what would have happened had Pryor not been called for taunting after a 20-yard reception gave the Browns the ball at the Ravens’ 10-yard line with 27 seconds left."

NFL news:

Adrian Peterson suffers apparent knee injury vs. Packers (FanSided)

"What started off as a promising year for the Minnesota Vikings may quickly be unraveling into an injury-devastated season. Just weeks after Teddy Bridgewater tore his ACL and dislocated his knee on a non-contact play at practice, Adrian Peterson suffered an apparent leg injury in the Viking’s Week 2 home contest against the visiting Green Bay Packers."

Garoppolo suffers sprained AC joint in Patriots’ win (NFL.com)

"Jimmy Garoppolo’s sensational start as New England’s starting quarterback has hit a setback. The third-year player was knocked out of Sunday’s 31-24 victory over the Miami Dolphins midway through the second quarter with a shoulder injury. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported after the game that Garoppolo suffered a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder, according to someone informed of the results of exams performed at the hospital today. Garoppolo’s chances of playing Thursday against the Texans are slim, per Garafolo, but the Patriots are hopeful he can return Week 4."

Lions And Titans Combine For 29 Penalties In A Battle Of The Inept (Deadspin)

"Today’s Titans-Lions game was a sloppy showing between two teams that seemed to have no self-discipline on the field. With just over a minute left in the game and the Titans down 10-15, Marcus Mariota threw a touchdown pass to Andre Johnson for a 16-15 lead, and was sacked on the two-point conversion attempt."