CLEVELAND – Jason Campbell matched his career high with three touchdown passes — two to Davone Bess — and the Browns beat the wobbling defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens 24-18 on Sunday, ending an 11-game losing streak against the team that used to call Cleveland home.
Campbell completed 23 of 35 passes for 262 yards, zero interceptions and a 116.6 rating. He joins Derek Anderson as the only Browns quarterback since 1999 to register a rating of 100-plus in back-to-back games.
“He made some big-time throws and was able to convert on some fourth downs and really make some key plays for us to get the win,” head coach Rob Chudzinski said.
Campbell was making his second start for the Browns after Brandon Weeden was benched.
Campbell’s three-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.