NEW YORK – Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell has earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week for games played Oct. 31-Nov. 4 (Week 9), the National Football League announced Wednesday.
This is the third player of the week award the Browns have won this season. In a 24-18 victory vs. Baltimore on Sunday, Campbell tied a career high with three touchdown passes and completed 23 of 35 passes (65.7 percent) for 262 yards with zero interceptions for a 116.6 passer rating.
After sustaining a rib injury in the first quarter, he led the Browns to their first win against the Ravens since 2007, snapping an 11-game skid. All three of Campbell’s touchdown passes came from the 20-yard line or closer, against a Ravens defense that entered the game No. 1 in the NFL inside the red zone.
Protecting a 21-18 lead with 6:44 left in the contest, Campbell completed four of five passes for 42 yards, including a fourth-and-1 conversion, and rushed for a 12-yard first down during a 15-play, 67-yard drive that spanned 6:30 to set up a field goal with 14 seconds remaining and secure a Browns victory.
Campbell orchestrated a Browns scoring drive in each quarter, marking the first time that Cleveland has scored in all four quarters since a 30-7 win against Kansas City on Dec. 9. Campbell has not thrown an interception all season, extending his overall streak to 90 attempts without an interception.
He became the first Browns quarterback to pass for at least three touchdowns with zero interceptions in a game since Brady Quinn in 2009 (Week 14). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Campbell is the first Browns quarterback during the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to record a rating of 100-plus in his first two starts with the team.
He also joins Derek Anderson (2007) as the only Browns quarterbacks since 1999 to register a rating of 100-plus in back-to-back games. Campbell joins Travis Benjamin (AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 5) and Spencer Lanning (AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 3) as weekly award winners this season.
This is the second Offensive Player of the Week award for Campbell, who also won in Week 15 in 2007, while with the Washington Redskins. The Browns have now had three quarterbacks be awarded a game ball from the coaching staff this season. Brian Hoyer (Week 4 vs. Cincinnati), Brandon Weeden (Week 5 vs. Buffalo) and Campbell (Week 9 vs. Baltimore) have each earned the honor.
CLEVELAND -- The Browns punched the AFC North's biggest bully in the mouth.
The defending Super Bowl champion Ravens are wobbling.
Jason Campbell threw three touchdown passes -- two to Davone Bess-- and the Browns ended an 11-game losing streak against Baltimore, beating the Ravens 24-18 on Sunday.
Campbell's 3-yard pass to Bess on fourth down with three minutes left helped the Browns (4-5) seal their first win over Baltimore since 2007. A week ago, Bess dropped a pass in a similar situation in the closing minutes of a loss at Kansas City.
The Ravens (3-5) lost their third straight and didn't win in the week following a bye for the first time in six tries under coach John Harbaugh.
Baltimore's Joe Flacco had a pair of TD passes to rookie Marlon Brown, but the Super Bowl MVP couldn't rally the Ravens, who made too many mistakes and are in danger of missing the playoffs.
Making his second straight start after Brandon Weedenwas benched, Campbell completed 23 of 35 passes for 262 yards. The nine-year veteran was at his best in the closing minutes, when the Browns ran 6:30 off the clock to finish off the Ravens, who have lost four of five.
Campbell, who briefly left the game in the first half with a rib injury, evaded pressure before making his big completion to Bess and later alertly flipped the ball to running back Chris Ogbonnaya to set up Billy Cundiff's 22-yard field goal with 14 seconds left to put the Browns ahead by six.
The Ravens had one last chance, but running back Ray Ricewas tackled near midfield as the Browns beat Baltimore for the first time since Flacco and Harbaugh arrived.
Browns wide receiver Greg Littlehad seven catches for 122 yards.
Flacco finished 24 of 41 for 250 yards, but Baltimore's offense sputtered most of the game against Cleveland's vastly improved defense.
Down 21-10 and running out of time, Flacco connected with Brown for a 7-yard TD with 12:09 left and then hit him again for the 2-point conversion to cut Cleveland's lead to three. Tandon Doss, who earlier fumbled away a punt, set up the score with a 36-yard return that sparked the Ravens.
But it was the Browns who made the big plays in the closing minutes, none more important than Bess' grab as coach Rob Chudzinski went for it on fourth down with 3:12 left.
The Browns capitalized on a muffed punt by Doss to open a 21-10 lead in the third as Campbell threw a 4-yard TD pass to Gary Barnidge with 5:11 left. Baltimore's defense, missing Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, was uncharacteristically confused during the sequence as the Ravens were penalized for having 12 men on the field and Barnidge was able to slip away from the line uncovered.
After looking dysfunctional for most of the first half, the Ravens came alive in the final minute and pulled to 14-10 on Flacco's 19-yard TD pass to Brown, an undrafted free agent, with nine seconds left.
Campbell's second TD pass to Bess gave the Browns a 14-3 lead in the second quarter.
On 3rd-and-3 from the 20, Campbell a hit a wide-open Bess over the middle and the wide receiver did the rest, faking out cornerback Lardarius Webbat the 10 before sprinting into the end zone and then celebrating by slapping hands with Browns fans reaching over the railing.
A week ago, Bess had a hard time finding any friends in Cleveland.
His critical fumble on a punt return and a dropped pass in the final minutes denied the Browns any chance of rallying to upset the unbeaten Chiefs. Bess, who entered the game tied for the league lead in drops, didn't make any excuses for the miserable performance and vowed to atone for his mistakes.
In the first quarter, Bess caught a 1-yard TD pass from Campbell, fighting off two defenders to haul in the throw at the goal line after Chudzinski rolled the dice and went for it on 4th-and-goal.
The Ravens trimmed Cleveland's lead to 7-3 on Justin Tucker's 51-yard field goal.
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