Bess performs better against Baltimore
CLEVELAND – Davone Bess stood up like a man and answered the tough questions after a poor performance eight days ago against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Sunday at First Energy Stadium he was the man for the Browns in a 24-18 win over the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC North Division game. Bess caught just three passes for 24 yards, but one went 1 yard for a touchdown, another covered 20 yards for a score and the third gained 3 yards to move the chains on a fourth-and-1 play late in the game.
As Bess talked to reporters in the locker room, Browns owner James Haslam reached his hand through the crowded scene to shake Bess’ hand. There had to be some sense of redemption, although Bess downplayed it all.
“I’m happy for the guys in this locker room,” Bess said. “I’m happy for the coaches and I’m happy for everyone around me because these guys work their tails off week in and week out. They deserve it.”
Bess had to face a barrage of questions after his fumble on a punt proved costly against the Chiefs. He vowed to come back with a better performance this week.
“Guys have games like that,” quarterback Jason Campbell said. “He came to me Monday and said, ‘Jason, I’m going to be there for you this week.’ I told him, ‘I know that. You didn’t get this far going into the tank after something like that.’ “
STEPPING UP: Receiver Greg Little had the second 100-yard game of his career. He finished with seven receptions for 122 yards.
Little injured a shoulder on a 46-yard run and catch in the fourth quarter. He returned for one play but took himself out in obvious pain.
“I told Greg on Wednesday, ‘You never know when it’s your day,’ ” Campbell said. “With Josh (Gordon) and Jordan (Cameron) getting so much attention, it’s going to create opportunities for you to make plays. Today was his day, and I thought he stepped up and made some huge catches and runs after the catch.”
NOT SURE: Campbell joked about the play call on a fourth-and-1 late in the game that resulted in the completion to Bess.
“I don’t even know if I called it right, first of all,” Campbell said. “I didn’t want to throw it unless I knew the guy was going to be completely open because if it was incomplete it would leave four minutes on the clock. I had to scramble around and see if someone would pop open.”
DON’T BLAME ME: Cornerback Joe Haden was singled out in Baltimore last week for saying the Ravens aren’t the same team as they were in the past. He added that they’re still a great team, but apparently that was overlooked by Ravens looking for a psychology edge.
“I was just saying it’s a different time,” Haden said. “No disrespect to them at all.”
HOT HAND: Campbell tied a career single-game high with three touchdown passes. Campbell last threw three touchdowns in 2009 against the New Orleans Saints.
SACK SPECIALIST: The Browns recorded five sacks to increase their season total to 31. The defense has had sacks by 15 different players and 11 have registered multiple sacks.
FLIP SIDE: As productive as Little was, he was penalized twice for unsportsmanlike conduct in the first half. The second occurred when he taunted a Ravens’ defender after making a catch for a first down.
INJURY REPORT: Browns linebacker Eric Martin injured a knee on kick coverage. He returned but injured the knee again in the fourth quarter. Campbell left for a couple of plays in the second quarter with a rib injury. The injury occurred when Haloti Ngata, who was penalized for unnecessary roughness, landed on him. Linebacker Quentin Groves suffered an ankle injury in the second half and didn’t return. Little was initially listed as having suffered a head injury. The Browns later said that it was an injury to a shoulder.
INACTIVES: Out for the Browns were offensive linemen Patrick Lewis, Martin Wallace, Garrett Gilkey and Reid Fragel; defensive lineman Ishmaa;ily Kitchen, tight end Keavon Milton and linebacker Paul Hazel.