Game 4: Incomplete effort costs Ravens
Jamal Lewis isn't the only one who knows the Ravens' weakness now.

A less-than-sellout crowd at Cleveland Browns Stadium witnessed the Ravens expose their greatest flaw of the season -- no sense of urgency.

After weeks of downplaying a sloppy season opener and their lackluster play in the fourth quarter, the Ravens watched a season's worth of mistakes catch up to them, suffering a team meltdown in a 27-13 loss yesterday to the Cleveland Browns.

Quarterback Steve McNair couldn't make plays in the red zone. The Ravens' once-feared defense got pushed around up front and allowed big plays in the secondary.

The special teams had untimely lapses, from returner Yamon Figurs' fumble to a costly offside penalty on a missed field-goal attempt by the Browns. Even the usually automatic Matt Stover, fresh off a game-winning kick last week, missed two field-goal tries.

One of their poorest all-around efforts in recent memory dropped the Ravens to 2-2 overall (0-2 AFC North) and tied with the Browns (2-2) in the division behind the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1).

"This is a pretty low point for us," said tight end Todd Heap, who is unsure about his status after injuring his hamstring at the end of the third quarter. "You think how the game went, and not a whole lot went our way. Those are the most frustrating games when you don't even put ourselves in position to win."

The Ravens had the top-ranked defense last season but they continue to lose their aura of dominance on that side of the ball. They gave up three touchdowns on the Browns' first five drives, including the game's opening series (a rarity over the years for this defense).

The Ravens ran the ball only 20 times against the NFL's second-worst run defense and scored a touchdown once on four trips inside the Browns' 20-yard line.

The Ravens' third loss in their past four trips to Cleveland was best summed up by coach Brian Billick.

"We just got our butts beat, plain and simple," he said. "What happens when you get your butt whupped like that, you try to correct it and move on to the next game. There's no [more] magical answers than that."

The turning point came in a four-minute span in the first quarter.

After Derek Anderson's 2-yard touchdown pass to Joe Jurevicius on the first drive, the Ravens answered by marching to the Cleveland 27-yard line. But McNair was intercepted while throwing to Heap, who was double-covered.

One play later, Browns receiver Braylon Edwards soundly beat cornerback Chris McAlister for a 78-yard touchdown catch, putting the Browns up 14-0. When Edwards caught the ball, he had 5 yards on McAlister.

"I just didn't play my man," McAlister said. "He made the better play."

The teams traded field goals in the second quarter before the Ravens messed up mightily again.

Figurs, who scored a touchdown on a punt return last week, fumbled a kickoff after a hit by former Raven Darnell Dinkins, giving the Browns the ball at the Ravens' 31.

The Browns eventually missed a field-goal attempt, but McAlister was called for a neutral-zone infraction.

Given a first down and a second chance, the Browns increased their lead to 24-3 when Jamal Lewis scored a questionable touchdown on a 1-yard dive. Replays seemed to indicate Lewis didn't reach the goal line when he stretched his arms to hold the ball out over the pile.