Flacco leads Ravens’ flock

Morgan Cox and the Baltimore Ravens took the lid off of Josh Cribbs and the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night in Baltimore. The Ravens won 23-16, and the Browns remained the only winless team in the AFC. Enlarge photo

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Morgan Cox and the Baltimore Ravens took the lid off of Josh Cribbs and the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night in Baltimore. The Ravens won 23-16, and the Browns remained the only winless team in the AFC.

BALTIMORE

The regular NFL officials returned to work Thursday night, and the fans gave them a warm welcome back before bestowing their loudest cheers upon the Baltimore Ravens, who never trailed in a 23-16 victory over the winless Cleveland Browns.

Joe Flacco went 28-for-46 for 356 yards, threw one touchdown and ran for another, and Cary Williams returned an interception 63 yards for a score near the end of the third quarter.

And still, the game wasn’t decided until a pass by Cleveland rookie Brandon Weeden sailed out of the end zone as time expired. The Browns (0-4) remain the only winless team in the AFC.

Unlike the controversial ending of the Green Bay-Seattle game Monday night, which heightened negotiations to get the regular refs back, this game ended without an argument.