Browns finally find way to stop Lewis

Updated: September 16, 2004, 2:48 PM ET
By Ron Jaworski | ESPN Insider
Last season Baltimore Ravens' running back Jamal Lewis slaughtered the Cleveland Browns' defense over two games, rushing a combined 52 times for 500 yards and four touchdowns on his way to a 2,066-yard season.

It seemed like the Browns could do nothing right against Lewis. If it looked like they had him bottled up, he'd cut back and break a big run. If it looked like he was stuffed for a loss, he'd break a tackle and get positive yards. And there were times when he just ran past defenders for big yards.

Jamal Lewis
AP PhotoIn two games against the Browns in 2003, Jamal Lewis ran for 500 of his NFL-best 2,066 yards.
Going into Week 1 of this season it was obvious the Browns had some unfinished business and needed to stop Lewis to have any shot at winning. Not many people gave them a shot, because of their ineptitude last season, but defensive coordinator Dave Campo came up with a good game plan that may serve as a blueprint for other teams.

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