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Browns sticking with Jason Campbell under center against Ravens

The Baltimore Sun

When the Ravens travel to play the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, they'll be squaring off with quarterback Jason Campbell.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski announced Monday that Campbell will remain the starter following an encouraging performance in a loss to the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.

During a 23-17 defeat, Campbell completed 22 of 36 passes for 293 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 105.4 quarterback rating. He wasn't sacked against a pass rush headlined by outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.

"I thought Jason played very well,'' Chudzinski said during a news conference Monday. "After looking at the tape, he was able to manage the game. He was able to escape and get out of some trouble and create some plays. He did a good job from a decision-making standpoint as far as protecting the football and he gave us a lift in that game so we're real pleased with how he played."

Despite their 3-5 record, the Browns rank seventh in the NFL defensively led by a big front seven that includes defensive linemen Phil Taylor, Desmond Bryant and Ahtyba Rubin and linebackers D'Qwell Jackson (Maryland), rookie Barkevious Mingo and former Ravens pass rusher Paul Kruger.

The Ravens defeated the Browns, 14-6, earlier this season at M&T Bank Stadium with Brandon Weeden starting at quarterback. Campbell replaced him later in the game when Weeden sprained his thumb.

"Really the only thing that has changed is the quarterback," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "The quarterback has moved around. They’ve been looking for that answer, obviously. The offensive line continues to improve. They’ve been protecting the passer better and better all the time. They’ve gotten healthy in there. They’ve got an athletic bunch, and they do a good job. They did a good job against Kansas City. Kansas City has got a great pass rush, and they held them to one sack.

"The run, they’re a little more spread out now than they had been earlier. They’re three-wide. They’re opening it up a little bit, run and pass. Still, hard-playing bunch. Defensively, they’re the same defense and better. They’re a legitimate NFL-quality defense. They’ve been playing really well, and they get after you up front. It’s a great front seven, good corners. So, it’s a good football team.”

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