BALTIMORE — Joe Flacco threw three touchdown passes, and the Baltimore Ravens beat Cleveland 28-7 on Thursday night to leave the winless Browns at a historic low point in franchise history.

Baltimore trailed 7-3 late in the second quarter before gaining control during a third quarter in which Flacco went 10 for 12 with two scores.

The Ravens (5-4) have won two in a row following a four-game losing streak. Baltimore is the only team in the AFC North above .500.

Cleveland (0-10) has opened a season with 10 consecutive losses for the first time since joining the NFL in 1950. The Browns have lost 11 straight on the road since winning in Baltimore in October 2015.

The loss left Cleveland’s all-time record at 461-461-10. The Browns have never been below .500.

Down 7-6 at halftime, the Ravens moved 64 yards on their first possession of the third quarter to take a 13-7 lead. Flacco connected with five receivers on the drive, closing with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Darren Waller.

Browns Coach Hue Jackson then opted to insert Josh McCown at quarterback after watching starter Cody Kessler go 10 for 17 for 94 yards. McCown’s second pass was intercepted, giving Baltimore the ball at the Cleveland 40 with a chance to break the game open.

The Ravens moved to the 15 before Flacco heaved an ill-advised throw into the end zone that was picked off by Joe Haden.

Baltimore’s next drive, however, was run on a short field. After a 32-yard punt gave the Ravens the ball at the Cleveland 43, Flacco threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith, and a 2-point conversion made it 21-7.

A 27-yard TD throw to Breshad Perriman sealed it with 6:21 remaining and marked the 10th straight game in which the Browns yielded at least 25 points.

Flacco went 30 for 41 for 296 yards and two interceptions.

The first time these teams played this season, the Ravens had to rally from 20 points down to pull out for a 25-20 win. Baltimore needed another comeback in this one, though the deficit wasn’t nearly as imposing.

After their first three series produced two punts and an interception, the Ravens gained possession at the Cleveland 48 following a punt and used a 25-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead.

Kessler followed with a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Seth DeValve, and at that point the Browns looked very little like a team that hadn’t won a game in 11 months.

Flacco directed a beat-the-clock drive that produced a field goal as the half ended.


JETS: Nick Mangold isn’t used to sitting out so long.

One game was tough, and so was missing two. Three games? That’s a first that the center would rather not experience.

Mangold has a sprained right ankle that is likely to keep him out Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

“It’s getting better, slowly but surely,” Mangold said Thursday. “It’s been frustrating being out this long and letting my guys down on the line and then the offense.”

The seven-time Pro Bowl selection has missed just six games in his 11-year NFL career, but never more than two in a row.

Mangold was hurt on Oct. 23 against Baltimore when a teammate rolled into his leg.

SEAHAWKS: Cornerback Richard Sherman confirmed he’s been fined by the NFL for unnecessary roughness for his hit on Buffalo kicker Dan Carpenter last Monday.

Sherman said Thursday that the explanation and wording of the letter from the league makes it nearly impossible for him to appeal. Sherman said the league’s justification in the letter was that the hit came after the whistle was blown.

Sherman said he won’t appeal the fine.

Sherman was not penalized for roughness on the play. Referee Walt Anderson’s explanation after the game said he didn’t believe the contact was excessive enough to warrant a foul. NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino said that interpretation was incorrect.

STEELERS: Backup running back DeAngelo Williams underwent knee surgery Wednesday and could miss 4-6 weeks.

Williams, 33, has been dealing with knee inflammation the past couple of weeks and missed Pittsburgh’s game against the Patriots on Oct. 23.

Williams returned to play against the Ravens last week. He had one carry for one yard.

CHIEFS: Linebacker Justin Houston says he hopes to make his season debut Sunday at Carolina, though the decision to put the four-time Pro Bowl pass rusher on the field ultimately rests with Coach Andy Reid.

Houston was hobbled by his knee in the second half of last season, and tweaked it in a playoff win over the Texans. He barely played in a playoff loss to the Patriots and had surgery in February.

The Chiefs have been hoping to have him for the stretch run.

He began practicing a few weeks ago, and was removed from the physically unable to perform list on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON: Wide receiver DeSean Jackson missed practice for a second straight day because of a left shoulder injury, and his status for Sunday’s game against Minnesota is uncertain.

Coach Jay Gruden said an MRI on Jackson’s left shoulder showed some rotator cuff “issues.” Jackson has been listed as dealing with a shoulder injury since Oct. 19.