No revenge for Cleveland fans

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Cleveland fans were ready for revenge. They did not get it.

Cleveland fans were ready for revenge. They did not get it.

Still furious at owner Art Modell for moving their beloved Browns to Baltimore in 1995, the Cleveland faithful hoped for some payback on Sunday when Modell's new team came to town to play the city's expansion version of the Browns.

They were severely disappointed, though, after watching the Ravens beat the Browns 41-9.

"When I signed here, the first thing I heard from everybody was, 'Beat Baltimore,"' Browns tackle Orlando Brown said. "That was on my mind the whole time. This is very disappointing."

Modell watched the game on TV in Baltimore.

Baltimore's defense rattled rookie quarterback Tim Couch, whose TD pass on the final play at New Orleans last week gave the Browns their first win. Couch finished 9-of-21 for 57 yards and was sacked four times before being replaced by Ty Detmer at the start of the fourth quarter.

The Ravens (3-5) snapped a three-game losing streak. The Browns (1-8) scored their only touchdown on Detmer's 5-yard pass to Terry Kirby with 5:13 left.

In other NFL games, it was New York Jets 12, Arizona 7; Buffalo 34, Washington 17; Chicago 14, Green Bay 13; Jacksonville 30, Atlanta 7; Indianapolis 25, Kansas City 17; Carolina 33, Philadelphia 7; and Detroit 31, St. Louis 27.

In late games, it was Tampa Bay at New Orleans, Cincinnati at Seattle, Denver at San Diego, Pittsburgh at San Francisco, and Tennessee at Miami.

The Monday night matchup is Dallas at Minnesota.


At Pontiac, Michigan, backup quarterback Gus Frerotte threw a 12-yard TD pass to Johnnie Morton with 28 seconds left as Detroit beat St Louis in a matchup of two of the NFL's surprise teams.

The Lions (6-2) won their fourth straight game to tie the Rams for the best record in the NFC. Frerotte, who completed 12 of 16 passes for 209 passes and two touchdowns, played the entire second half after starter Charlie Batch sprained a finger on his throwing hand.


At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Keyshawn Johnson caught a 43-yard scoring pass from Rick Mirer with 5:29 left to give the New York Jets their first home win this season.

Curtis Martin rushed for more than 100 yards for the third straight game, gaining 131 on 38 carries. The Jets (2-6), who had lost their previous four home games, sacked Dave Brown six times. Arizona fell to 2-6.


At Landover, Maryland, Buffalo (6-3) scored on five of its first six possessions and Doug Flutie scrambled for a first down on four of them.

Flutie rushed for 40 yards, and completed 16 of 22 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns. Antowain Smith ran for two TDs as the Bills had their highest point total of the season. The Redskins fell to 5-3.


At Atlanta, Mark Brunell passed for three touchdowns, Fred Taylor ran for 124 yards and the top-rated Jacksonville defense stifled the Falcons.

Jacksonville (7-1) set a team record by sacking Atlanta quarterbacks nine times. The Falcons (2-7) managed only four first downs and 58 yards in the second half.


At Indianapolis, Peyton Manning passed for 290 yards, extended his streak of touchdown passes to 21 games and scored on a 7-yaColts a 22-17 lead over the Chiefs (5-3). Mike Vanderjagt added his fourth field goal of the game, a 37-yarder with 1:10 left.


At Charlotte, North Carolina, Carolina (3-5) forced five turnovers and converted them into 20 points to beat Philadelphia (2-7).

Carolina's Sean Gilbert had a sack and forced a fumble, and Kevin Greene had a sack and a fumble recovery to lead a defense that held the Eagles to 249 yards. Steve Beuerlein threw three TD passes, including two to Muhsin Muhammad, and John Kasay kicked four field goals for the Panthers.


At Green Bay, Wisconsin, Brett Favre drove the Packers 73 yards in the last 3:19, but Ryan Longwell's 27-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Bryan Robinson as time expired.

The Bears (4-5) snapped a three-game losing streak despite losing starting quarterback Cade McNown with a sprained right knee after the second series of the game. The Packers (4-4) lost for the third time in four games, including consecutive home defeats for the first time since 1991.